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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

Performances Explore Local Reproductive Health Issues

Microsoft Word - Pro Voice Poster for K.docx Kalamazoo College students are collaborating with Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan on a theatre performance that will raise awareness about reproductive health in Kalamazoo County. “Pro-Voice: Reproductive Justice Monologues,” will stage on Sunday, February 26, at 5 p.m., and on … Continue reading

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 in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry from Feb. 23-26 at the Playhouse, 129 Thompson St., in Kalamazoo. Karen Berthel will direct the show in keeping … Continue reading

A New “Lost” Adventure

LauraThumb One great outcome of the K-Plan is an aptitude for adventure–one that lasts a lifetime, with a concomitant fearlessness of failure. Take Laura Livingstone-McNelis, class of 1989. The English major, theatre arts minor, LandSea participant (who studied abroad in the … Continue reading

Kalamazoo College in the Ghostlight

MentaThumb Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College will participate in the national Ghostlight Project on January 19, 2017. The event will unite more than 500 theatres, ensembles and companies, and high school and university theatre programs in a pledge to stand for … Continue reading

Good Fortune Uncovers the Latest “Unfortunate Series”

A Series Of Unfortunate Events Thank god for moms! Without them we wouldn’t have learned about the K connection to the new (or at least new for Netflix) series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Joe Tracz ’04 is one of the writers on … Continue reading

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