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, 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

‘Fun Home’ Invited to Kennedy Center Festival

Fun Home at Kennedy Center Festival cMUMMA 2017 2 The Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College production of the Tony award-winning musical “Fun [...]

Festival Playhouse Stages ‘Fun Home’

Fun Home actors rehearse ahead of premiere “Fun Home,” a Tony Award-winning musical adapted for the stage by Kalamazoo College alumna [...]

Students Welcome to Audition for ‘Fun Home’

Fun Home Auditions at Festival Playhouse Students are welcome to try out for “Fun Home,” a Tony-award winning musical that [...]

Festival Playhouse to Present ‘In the Heights’

K Festival Playhouse Presents 'In the Heights' The Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College will present “In the Heights,” its final [...]

Performances Explore Local Reproductive Health Issues

Poster for Monologues about Reproductive Justice Kalamazoo College students are collaborating with Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan on [...]

Festival Playhouse to Present ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

Raisin in the Sun at Nelda K. Balch Festival Playhouse The Nelda K. Balch Festival Playhouse will present the Pulitzer Prize winning drama “A Raisin [...]

A New “Lost” Adventure

Kalamazoo College Alumna Laura Livingston-McNellis One great outcome of the K-Plan is an aptitude for adventure–one that lasts a [...]

Kalamazoo College in the Ghostlight

Theatre Professor Ed Menta Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College will participate in the national Ghostlight Project on [...]

Good Fortune Uncovers the Latest “Unfortunate Series”

Kalamazoo College alumnus writes for Lemony Snicket Series Thank god for moms! Without them we wouldn’t have learned about the K connection to the [...]

Kalamazoo College to Present ‘Rocky Horror Show’

Rocky Horror Show Poster Nearly 100 Kalamazoo College students, participating as cast members and crew, will present [...]