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Off the Map: Auditions for Spring 2018

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Students looking for new paths to follow their passion on stage take note!  For the spring mainstage production, Theater Studies welcomes a new director from Duke's Dance program and department of African and African American Studies, Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz. Professor...

Witches Fly In for Vinegar Tom

Thursday, November 9, 2017
After working intensely on the show with director Jules Odendahl-James since September, the witches of Caryl Churchill's Vinegar Tom are ready to magically appear on stage tonight.  The undergraduate cast will transform nightly starting November 9 through November 19, as they slide between...

Duke Players musical opens October 21

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Duke Players presents their first musical production ever this semester with Once On This Island  opening Saturday, October 21. It's a first in other ways too, with director Sophie Caplin's choice to keep the traditional all-black casting for the show.  The Duke Chronicle highlights...

Casting Announced for Fall Mainstage

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Professor Jules Odendahl-James has made the hard choices and selected her cast of nine to fill the roles in Caryl Churchill's Vinegar Tom.  The department mainstage starts as a class, so the talented group of actors will be studying the history and context of Churchill's script with...

Theaters Open Up for BBQ & Games

Monday, August 28, 2017
If you've ever wanted to wander backstage in the Bryan Center, here is your chance!  The Theater Studies department is hosting a barbeque with backstage tours on Monday, August 28 from 5:30p to 7:00p.  Students can grab a bite and pick up a free t-shirt while investigating the audition...

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...

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