Theatre Arts

Program Information

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.

Faculty

Lanny Potts, Professor of Theatre Arts. BA Valparaiso University MFA Michigan State University

Ren Pruis (Chair), Professor of Theatre Arts. BA Western Michigan University MFA American Conservatory Theatre

Jon Reeves, Visiting Instructor of Theatre Arts and Director of Technical Theatre and Design. BA University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Lori Sands, Costume Designer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. BA University of Iowa MFA Michigan State University

Quincy Thomas, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. BS Bob Jones University MA, PhD Bowling Green State University

Theatre News

  • Alix Reynolds ’11 had a hand in transforming the field at Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles into a sparkling nightscape for the Super Bowl halftime show. The post Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Planned Through K Alumna appeared first on News and Events.
  • Auditions for "Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet" will be held at 7 p.m. March 29 and 30. Ten students of Color are needed to tell this coming-of-age story. The post ‘Marcus’ Auditions Offer Opportunity for Students of Color appeared first on News and Events.
  • Characters such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Michael Jackson and members of the Black Panther Party will help the Festival Playhouse address racial stereotypes, beauty ideals and relationships in a staged reading of a comedy. The post Comedy “BLACKS+PHATS” Addresses Stereotypes, Beauty Ideals appeared first on News and Events.
  • Playwright Kevin Renn will conduct a public discussion at Kalamazoo College days before his show, Blacks+Phats, is presented at K’s Festival Playhouse. The post Playwright Kevin Renn Offers Public Discussion at K appeared first on News and Events.
  • If you desire an appreciation for William Shakespeare yet find his plays challenging, you’ll want to attend "Acting Shakespeare" coming this week to K. The post “Acting Shakespeare” an Ideal Intro to the Bard appeared first on News and Events.