Every year the department produces two mainstage plays under the direction of a member of the Theater Studies faculty or a guest professional. Students may participate in the production for course credit, during which time they analyze, research, rehearse, and present the play. Students may focus on acting, assistant directing, assisting in design, dramaturgy, stage management, or behind the scenes in technical production. The specific area of focus is determined through audition and/or arrangement with the instructor. All undergrads are welcome to audition.
In the course of four years of study, students can be involved in productions of plays both old and new, from all over the world. Participating in a mainstage production lends itself to a theater studies core value - development of artistic and intellectual skills through study and production experience, helping students prepare for careers in the professional theater OR in a any field where collaboration and communication skills are highly valued.
Directed By: Jody McAuliffe
Neal Bell started writing plays in the turbulent late 60s, so it's no surprise his plays tend to examine the human condition in times of turmoil. "In troubled times theater can be a great public forum," says Bell, award-winning playwright and Professor of the Practice in Theater Studies.
Directed By: Rafael Lopez-Barrantes
The Duke Department of Theater Studies presented House of Desires October 20-29, 2006. Rafael Lopez-Barrantes directed the production.
Directed By: Ellen Hemphill
Though The Trojan Women by Euripides was first performed in 415 BC and was based on a war that had been fought many centuries earlier, the message to audiences is as relevant today as it was then. Ellen Hemphill of the Department of Theater Studies faculty directed The Trojan Women...