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Theatre Arts


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, 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

Kalamazoo College to Present ‘Rocky Horror Show’

Rocky Horror Show Poster Nearly 100 Kalamazoo College students, participating as cast members and crew, will present “The Rocky Horror Show” Nov. 3-6 at the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, 129 Thompson St., in Kalamazoo. The stage production of this cult classic, directed by visiting … Continue reading

17th Century Reality TV

earnedLadiesThumb Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College wraps up its 52nd season with Molière’s comedy, The Learned Ladies, in the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, Thursday through Sunday, May 12-15. The play, first produced in 1672, has been perceived as Moliere’s criticism of … Continue reading

Disabling Life’s Challenges: A Paradigm Shift

IMG_4285.jpg Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College presents the world premiere of Immobile, a play by alumna Brittany Worthington ’13, on April 28 through May 1. The play is directed by senior Maddie Grau ’16 as part of Festival Playhouse’s annual Senior … Continue reading

Festival Playhouse Presents Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews”

PPlayThumb Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College presents the contemporary comedy Bad Jews, a play that explores what it means to be Jewish in contemporary American society. Written by Joshua Harmon, the play will have four performances in the Dungeon Theatre (Light … Continue reading

Performance Features Work of K Senior Student Playwright

amilyCrimesThumb Playwright and director Belinda McCauley ’16 presents her one-act play, Family Crimes, in the Dungeon Theatre on Thursday, February 11, through Sunday, February 14. The four performances are part of Kalamazoo College’s Senior Performance Series. The play centers on a … Continue reading

What is the Temple of Artemis?

Theresa Tejada Theresa Tejada ’10 won the episode of the television show JEOPARDY that aired on Tuesday, December 22. Her one-day winnings totaled $21,599. She defended her champion status, albeit unsuccessfully, the following day. Two episodes of Jeopardy seems a fitting tribute … Continue reading

Choreopoem Ready to Move

nufThumb Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College will present Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf in the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse. The play opens Thursday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. Additional evening performances occur … Continue reading

Book launches, annual colloquium concludes for Olasope Oyelaran

Olasope Oyelaran Within a 24-hour period, Kalamazoo College Scholar-in-Residence Olasope O. Oyelaran, Ph.D., will see his new book launch and his annual International Colloquium at the National Black Theatre Festival close for another year. Oyelaran, husband of K President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, edited … Continue reading

Kalamazoo College People in the News: Professors Lindley and Menta talk arts, Tim Eastman ’90 leads a new high school, and Grace Lee Boggs turns 100

Grace Lee Boggs turns 100! Tim Eastman ’90 is the new principal of Mattawan (Mich.) High School, about ten miles west of Kalamazoo. Tim spent more than 20 years as a teacher and principal (since 2002) at Hackett Catholic Prep in Kalamazoo. He has a … Continue reading

Lisa Ludwinski ’06 opens Sister Pie bakery in Detroit with help from $50,000 Hatch Detroit award

Lisa Ludwinski ''06 (Photo by Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press) Lisa Ludwinski ’06 has opened Sister Pie, a bakery and coffee shop at 8066 Kercheval in Detroit’s West Village neighborhood. Lisa was the winner of Comerica Bank’s 2014 Hatch Detroit development grant meant to champion and support independent retail businesses … Continue reading