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

Well-Intentioned White People Runs Through Sunday

Well-Intentioned White People Poster_fb Is it possible for people who mean well to do more harm than good? “Well-Intentioned White [...]

Student-Written ‘Unzipped’ Spotlights Self-Discovery

Production poster says Unzipped by Rebecca Chan 'Unzipped,' a play written by theatre major Rebecca Chan '22, unveils the struggles and [...]

Kalamazoo College Welcomes New Faculty Members

Assistant Professor of Theatre Quincy Thomas Kalamazoo College is pleased to welcome the following faculty members to campus this fall.

Alumnus Puts Streaming Center Stage for Theatre Industry

Cody Colvin edits video for streaming A Kalamazoo College alumnus has a plan to ensure all the world’s a stage for the theatre [...]

Water by the Spoonful Spotlights Addiction, PTSD, Family Trauma

Water by the Spoonful A deluge of trouble floods characters in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Water by the [...]

You Can Point The Compass in the Right Direction

Promotional image for The Compass If you’ve ever wanted to choose a character’s fate when you’re watching a play, Kalamazoo [...]

Festival Playhouse Production Addresses Institutional Racism

Festival Playhouse Production Poster for K A Festival Playhouse production written over the past two years by Kalamazoo College students [...]

Honors Convocation Lauds Students’ Achievements

Honors Day Convocation More than 250 students were recognized Friday during the annual Honors Day Convocation for [...]

Kits Allow Lighting Students to Shine on

Two students assemble lighting kits with a blue filter   After assembling, shipping and delivering several large kits, Kalamazoo College Theatre [...]

Watch Festival Playhouse’s Kokoro Online

Kokoro The Kalamazoo College Festival Playhouse is producing two plays this fall with the first [...]