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AUDITIONS for Fall 2017 Mainstage RESCHEDULED

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Theater Studies is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 mainstage will be Caryl Churchill’s VINEGAR TOM, directed by Dr. Jules Odendahl-James.  Auditions will be scheduled for the first week of classes in the fall.  There will be sides available, but you are welcome to present the monologue...

Duke welcomes director Kay Matschullat and composer Duncan Sheik to campus

Monday, February 13, 2017
The Theater Studies department and Hoof'n'Horn welcome two very special guests to campus this week.  Director Kay Matschullat arrives to begin her spring residency directing a brand new musical version of THE AENEID from Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring...

Devised theater pros The Civilians return to Duke

Monday, January 9, 2017
With any luck, you saw one of the sold-out performance of their groundbreaking show The Undertaking when the Obie-award-winning theater company The Civilians was on campus in September, 2016. This month, Duke students have the chance to observe The Civilians starting the devised theater ...

Passing of arts educator Anna Upchurch

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The Theater Studies department notes with sorrow that a bright light in the world of arts education has passed.  Dr. Anna Upchurch, who worked with the department as Director of Communications prior to moving to England to pursue her doctorate, died in hospital in Leeds, England on...

The Wild Duck Has Wings

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Wild Duck opened to last weekend to rave reviews from other faculty members.  Department chair Jeff Storer called it "a wonderful collaboration", saying that "performances were strong and the story told with clarity and passion."  By careful staging and elimination of unnecessary...

Craft Mastering His Art, Sharing With Duke Students

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
What does playwright August Wilson have in common with Marvel's Black superhero Luke Cage?  Find out this spring when the department of Theater Studies offers Duke students a special opportunity to study and create Black Theater with a local playwright on his way up. Howard L. Craft is an...

New Faces for Duke Players Fall Show

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
It is unusual for a freshman to arrive at Duke with enough confidence to jump in to directing, but Sonali Mehta is a first-year student whose background already includes acting, directing and working tech. Sometimes the hardest part of directing is getting people excited about your vision so that...

Theatrically Investigating What Makes Trump Tick

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Award-winning playwright Neal Bell recently saw the just-released, controversial show The Trump Card, as directed by Duke Theater Studies department chair Jeff Storer for regional playhouse Manbites Dog Theater. Created by master storyteller Mike Daisey, The Trump Card dramatically analyzes one of...

1st-yr Director casting Nov. Show

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
***OPEN CASTING CALL*** for the Duke Players fall show: The Dining Room by A. R. Gurney, directed by freshman Sonali Mehta. We're looking for versatile actors, as well as people interested in stage management, lights, and/or sound. To sign up and learn more about auditions, visit ...

Close Encounters with The Civilians

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Duke students have several first-hand opportunities to engage with Obie award-winning theater artists The Civilians this month.  The Civilians, a Brooklyn-based investigative theater company, begin the first installment of a unique three-part residency with performances of their...

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