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Performance Opportunities

Main Stage Productions

Each year, as many as eight main stage productions are mounted in the Theatre and Interpretation Center and are directed by faculty, third-year MFA directing students, and guest artists.  These productions are staged in the Ethel M. Barber Theater and the Josephine Louis Theater and include new works, classic and contemporary plays, dance performances and musical productions. In addition, the Theatre and Interpretation Center produces the annual Waa-Mu Show, an original student written and performed musical, and also Summerfest, which includes a two to three play series that is performed during the summer. A family series titled “Imagine U” offers performances once a quarter for children ages 5 to 10 and their families.

Lab Shows

Productions for lab shows are performed in either the Wallis or Struble black box theaters and are directed by first and second year MFA directing students and undergraduates.  There are approximately thirty lab shows each year and include new works, classic and contemporary plays, dance performances, and musical productions.

Dance Program

The Dance Program provides students with numerous opportunities to choreograph and perform.  The New Movement Project presents student choreography and performance, and DanceWorks features choreography by faculty, alumni, and guest artists that is performed by students.  Students may also produce their own concerts in conjunction with course work or independent projects.

University-Wide Activities

Opportunities to participate in productions are also made available through student organizations outside the Department of Theatre.  These include but are not limited to: Arts Alliance Productions, African American Theatre Ensemble, Jewish Theater Ensemble, Wave Productions, and Vertigo Productions.   Overall, student organizations put on between 50 and 80 shows a year.  More information on student organizations is available at