In addition to a season of Performance Hours presented in the Alvina Krause Studio and in the black box theaters in the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, the department also mounts mainstage productions, directed by faculty or PhD students in the department, presented in the Theatre and Interpretation Center’s Josephine Louis Theater or Ethel M. Barber Theater. Performance Studies majors are eligible to audition for these productions and have often been featured prominently in them. Majors are of course also eligible to audition for any of the productions produced by the Department of Theatre or by any of the many many student theatre groups on campus.
Directing and Creating Opportunities
Each year the department invites its undergraduate and graduate students to create and direct performance events for the subsequent year’s Performance Hour series. Students submit applications outlining their proposed projects, and the faculty selects the projects to be produced. Performance Hours are generally performed in either the Alvina Krause Studio or one of the black-box theaters in the Theatre & Interpretation Center. However, students have found or created other performance venues on campus.