Theatre & Dance

Erin Coffman

Class of 2017
Major/Minor: Theatre, History

Campus Involvement
  • Women’s Rowing
  • Chorus
  • Theatre Department Productions* 
  • House Manager, Theatre Department
  • Event Manager, Gibson Crew
  • Peer Mentor
  • General Merriment and Tom Foolery 

*Past Productions at Washington College: 

  • Cock by Mike Bartlett, a Senior Directing Thesis by Kendall Davis (Spring 2016)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, a Senior Directing Thesis by Amanda Klute (Fall 2015)
  • Next to Normal Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkie, a Senior Directing Thesis by Amanda Varvar (Spring 2015)
  • Middletown by Will Eno, a Senior Directing Thesis by Rachel Dilliplane (Fall 2014)
  • La Bête by David Hirson, a Senior Directing Thesis by Phaedra Scott (Spring 2014)

Hometown: Brigantine, New Jersey

High School: Holy Spirit High School


What’s your favorite place on campus? 

There are these benches in Martha Washington Square, just across from the Gibson Center for the Arts, where I like to go to do my thinking. It’s so calm and serene there, especially on warm summer nights. It’s just a really lovely place. 

How did you choose your major? 

I’ve been involved in theatre/ theatre-related things since I was eight years old. I’ve always loved it. I remember vividly the moment I decided that I wanted to pursue it as a major. I was taking my PSAT’s in my freshman year of high school, and Theatre/ Performing Arts was under the intended major column, and I remember thinking, “Yeah, that’s definitely something I would want to pursue.” I haven’t changed my mind since. 

What are your plans for the upcoming semester? 

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone back on campus, AND acting in Cross-Dressers, Drunks, & Fools - a evening of Shakespeare’s clowns directed by Prof. Dale Daigle. I’m also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to direct my own show, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. (!!!) 

If there’s one thing you could tell your freshman self that she didn’t know before, what would it be? 

Don’t worry about how nervous and homesick you are. It’s going to take you a while, but you’re going to put yourself out there, and by the end of your sophomore year, you’ll have made some of the most amazing friends you’ve ever had. Just be patient. It’s going to get easier.