Events at a Glance

Creativity and collaboration are hallmarks of theater at Connecticut College

The College's theater program emphasizes both performance and study of literature and theory. We challenge students to work in all aspects of theater—acting, directing, playwriting, design, technical theater, dramaturgy and dramatic literature—so that they understand and engage in the process of creating theater, from initial creative spark to performance and post-performance evaluation and criticism.

We believe that a broad liberal arts education in theater produces graduates who are adaptable and self-directed. They are strong communicators, resourceful and resilient leaders, and creative and team-oriented collaborators. Theater study and training is ideal preparation for a life as a thinking artist and productive member of society.

You can participate in our main stage productions as well as in independent productions sponsored by the department or by student groups. Works recently staged include “Cloud Nine;” “Detroit;” “As You Like It;” “Four Dead in Ohio: Antigone at Kent State,” an ensemble-adaptation created by the students; and “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel,” a collaboration with the departments of music and dance.The College's performing arts series, onStage, brings professional theater companies to campus for performances and workshops.

Other highlights:

  • Any student can audition for virtually any theater production. You don't have to be a theater major to audition or take part in a production.
  • All students are eligible for up to $3,000 for an internship, so you can take everything you’ve learned and put it to work. You can intern anywhere in the world, or locally through the College's long-standing affiliations with the nearby Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, and the Labyrinth Theater Company, which holds its annual training and developmental retreat here on campus. In recent years, students have completed summer internships at NYC's Pearl Theatre, the Culture Project, Signature Theatre, and The Public Theater, among others.

  • Theater students may choose to polish their skills in conservatory-based study away programs, such as the National Theater Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center. Our students have studied theater in Russia, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Many theater majors intend to make theater their career—as actors, directors, playwrights, stage-managers, technicians, producers or educators. Connecticut College alumni are administrators in New York theaters, stage-managers for professional companies, and actors in regional repertory companies, on television and in film.

Visit the theater department's website for more on the student experience, study away, research and news and events.

 

Theater

Passage

Tansill Theater

Friday, Oct 11, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13, 2:00 p.m.

By Christopher Chen
Directed by Kenneth Prestininzi

Christopher Chen’s “Passage” is a sharply rendered and surprising take on colonialism past and present.  In Country X, scenes of daily life are revealed to be paradoxically welcoming and troubling. Characters on both sides of the power divide try to find human connection while living in a continuously unjust world. Friendship and affection may arise naturally, but what happens when the rules of dominance and social interactions break us apart?  Chen’s playful theatrical riff on E. M. Forster's novel A Passage to India re-imagines occupation without the romance of imperial nostalgia.

 

Tickets: $15; Seniors: $6; Students: $6; Military: 6 (General Admission)

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Theater

The Wolves

Tansill Theater

Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17, 2:00 p.m.

by Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Rachel Jett, National Theater Institute Artistic Director

Fierce and blunt, a pack of suburban girls stretch and warm-up to compete and win as they take on American problems big and small on the soccer field. Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award. The play is a dizzying display of attitude, bewilderment and volatility.

 

Tickets: $15; Seniors: $6; Students: $6; Military: 6 (General Admission)

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Theater

Fun Home

Tansill Theater

Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 29, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, 2:00 p.m.

Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Virginia Anderson

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. “Fun Home” is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Tickets: $18; Seniors: $8; Students: $8; Military: 8 (General Admission)

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Theater

Theater Capstone Festival

Tansill Theater

Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 25 2020 Times to be announced

The Department of Theater ends the year with our 7th Annual Theater Capstone Festival, a collective opportunity for our seniors to finish their college careers with a major creative project. We invite them to take risks, to deepen their work, and to find their theatrical voices as theater makers and scholars.

Free Admission (General Admission)