Each year University Theatre presents a mainstage season of six major productions, along with numerous studio theatre productions, typically providing our undergraduate students with over 30 opportunities to gain experience in various aspects of the process, based on their interests and talent.
Our mainstage productions are faculty-directed and choreographed, and include five theatre productions and a dance concert. Each season typically includes a relatively large-scale musical production, working collaboratively with the CMU School of Music, and a Theatre for Young Audiences selection. Seasons are selected with care, using a rotating calendar to ensure students are exposed to a range of productions from classics to modern and experimental, over their college career.
University Theatre also produces many smaller-scale Studio Theatre productions, and sponsors productions organized by the Alpha Psi Omega theatre fraternity, Music Theatre students, our award-winning improv troupe and more. Working closely with faculty, students are able to explore areas of personal interest ranging from playwriting and choreography, to designing and directing. These activities provide excellent opportunities to enhance skills in areas critical to career and personal growth, such as time management, leadership, and team building.
The three-play Summer Theatre program is among our more popular offerings. Each year, 12-15 students are hired to form a production company who work closely with faculty, staff, directors and designers to prepare productions, and then perform them in repertory across the state. Company members gain extensive experience in performance and technical production, and are also compensated with up to 6 credit hours of free TAI course credit.
Dance productions in the University Theatre season are presented by the University Theatre Dance Company, a student company modeled on professional dance companies. The company also produces an annual student choreography showcase, from which two to three works are selected for inclusion in the annual, mainstage dance concert. Dance students often present Studio Theatre productions, as well.
Guest artists are occasionally brought into the production process in order to bring new insights to the learning experience. They include individuals from any number of specialized areas, including costumers, playwrights, directors, designers, teachers of specific dance genres, choreographers and more.
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