Welcome to the virtual performance hub for the Department of Theatre & Dance. On this page, we’ll share some of the most inspiring and rigorous work generated by our students, both within and beyond the classroom.
Like so many creative professionals, our students have responded to the COVID-19 crisis with extraordinary creativity and commitment. We’re thrilled to share their performances with you, as a reminder that no matter what’s happening in the world, #ArtGoesOn.
THE211 - Introduction to Acting
For their final projects, these students created audition tapes of two contrasting monologues.
To watch their videos, head over to the Intro Acting sub-page.
THE394 - Advanced Directing
When classes moved online, so did the Advanced Directing students’ penultimate project: to create artful scene transitions for the play Stop Kiss. Using small household objects to represent actors and furniture, the students made videos depicting how they would transform a theatrical space and tell a compelling story at the same time.
Ava Turner ’23
Caitlin Woods ’21
THE394 - Theatre and Social Change
With their in-person staged reading cancelled, students of THE394 are taking to Twitter with performances of two suffrage plays: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s suffrage play, Something to Vote For, and Ariana R. W. Curtis and Daniel Sargent Curtis’s anti-suffrage play The Spirit of Seventy-Six; or, The Coming Woman, A Prophetic Drama. Students will be presenting adapted versions of these 19th and 20th century pieces in a 21st century format, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
These Twitter performances took place on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 12:30-3:00pm… but they’re archived here:
For full details (including cast members, Twitter handles, and hashtags), visit the Theatre and Social Change sub-page.
DAN233 - Dance Composition
Dance Comp created original solos that explore the contributions of suffragists and 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. Students selected text from primary sources as the centerpiece of their choreography.
Faithlin Hunter ’23
featuring text from three of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s speeches: “Solitude of Self” (1892), “The Destructive Male” (1868), and “Declaration of Sentiments” (1848)
Reese Kovar ’22
featuring text from an account of the proceedings on the trial of Susan B. Anthony on the charge of illegal voting at the 1872 presidential election from the Library of Congress, and from “Why Men Thought Women Weren’t Made to Vote” by Marina Koren (printed in The Atlantic on July 11, 2019)
Emily Kreider ’20
featuring text from Elizabeth Robins’s “The Convert” and music from Sia’s “Breathe Me”
DAN381 - Dance Portfolio
Dance Portfolio culminates the Dance minor with a digital portfolio of a student’s choreography, performance, and teaching. After completing their degree, Dance minors may use these videos to apply for grants and jobs in the field.
After the public performances of their productions were cancelled, our two Performance SCE students moved their rehearsals online. With the support of the faculty and in collaboration with their scene partners, directors, and stage managers, these actors reenvisioned their performances for the screen rather than the stage, and presented selected scenes from their plays via Zoom.
by Lucy Prebble
A Performance SCE from Lexy Ricketts ’20
Directed by Erin Coffman ’17
Selected scenes were available for online viewing Friday, May 1 at 5pm - Sunday, May 3 at 5pm.
by Jean Anouilh, translated by Christopher Nixon
A Performance SCE from Chris Hanna ’20
Directed by Rosie Alger ’18
Selected scenes remain available for online viewing Friday, May 1 at 5pm - Sunday, May 31 at 5pm. To watch, simply navigate to the Antigone sub-page.