Theatre Arts

Steven Yeun
Steven Yeun ’05, Actor

My experience at Kalamazoo was incredible. What I loved about Kalamazoo was that it gave me an opportunity to try everything at least once. I got to study the sciences while also jumping into the theatre. I got to write my thesis on religion while studying abroad in the U.K. I was surrounded by an eclectic mix of peers who pushed me and exposed me to experience so many different cultures and ideologies. It was a true coming-of-age college experience.

Program Information

Professors: Berthel (Chair), Menta (Emeritus), Potts (Director of Theatre), Reeves

Dedicated to the liberal arts traditions and innovations of Kalamazoo College, the Department of Theatre Arts offers students access to the collaborative nature of drama through the integration of both creative and analytical courses, production laboratories, internships, and individualized projects. By studying the wealth of worldwide theatre traditions reflecting the pluralism in our society and the interdependence of all peoples and cultures, students gain the research tools for self-discovery; informed, critical thinking; the ability to take action on their ideas and responsibilities; and the development of the kind of self-esteem and values that will lead them as artists toward enjoying a lifelong journey of personal growth and inquiry in a climate whereby each may learn to speak with his or her own voice.

Open to all, majors and nonmajors alike, theatre arts productions emphasize both personal and skill development in acting, design, stage management,  arts management, technical areas, and directing. The productions also serve as creative activities for students and enjoyable, thought-provoking entertainment for audiences. The academic program focuses upon a wide range of dramatic styles, encouraging students to understand the breadth of dramatic literature from the classical to the most contemporary. Experiential components are clearly linked with classroom studies and offer involvement with the Festival Playhouse Company, drama study in England, student projects in the experimental Dungeon Theatre, placement with regional and professional theatres, and opportunity for participation in the GLCA New York Arts Program. Students interested in these opportunities should consult with department faculty regarding options and prerequisites.

Theatre Department News

Theatre Professor Receives Lighting Design Award

Lighting Design Award EncoreMichigan.com, a web-based publication focusing on Michigan’s professional theater [...]

Festival Playhouse to Amplify Women’s Voices in 56th Season

Festival Playhouse cMUMMA Twelfth Night Kalamazoo College’s Festival Playhouse will celebrate its 56th season by honoring a tradition [...]

Twelfth Night Coming to Festival Playhouse

Twelfth Night dress rehearsal cMUMMA lo 0059 A Shakespearean comedy featuring a shipwreck, a love triangle and a secret identity is coming [...]

K Student Selected for National Theatre Event

Rebecca Chan and Three Other Students at National Theatre Event A top-honors finish in a recent theatre regional event led Rebecca Chan ’22 to an even bigger [...]

Festival Playhouse to Stage Student Body

Student Body Rehearsal The Kalamazoo College Festival Playhouse’s 55th season, featuring the theme of Assumption and [...]

Senior Performance Series Runs Through Sunday

Senior Performance Series Kalamazoo College students are continuing the tradition of directing and performing in their [...]

American College Theatre Festival Honors 3 Students

American College Theatre Festival Honorees Three from a Kalamazoo College contingent of 15 who attended were recently honored with awards [...]

Honors Day 2018 Celebrates Student Achievements

5 students and Provost on stage during Honors Day 2018 Convocation Kalamazoo College Family Weekend served as the backdrop for the Honors Day 2018 convocation. [...]

Political Tale ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ Continues Through Sunday

Political tale It Cant Happen Here A political tale timely for the upcoming elections is the featured fall production for the [...]

Festival Playhouse 55th Season Tackles Assumption, Confusion

Festival Playhouse 55th Season cMUMMA THTR. Intimate Apparel 0251 The Kalamazoo College Festival Playhouse 55th season features the theme of Assumption and [...]