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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...

NY Times Rave Review for Duke Faculty Torry Bend's Show

Monday, June 27, 2016
NY Times theater critic Ben Brantley has designated Duke Theater Studies faculty member Torry Bend’s mixed-media puppet show The Paper Hat Game as a NYT Critics’ Pick, calling it “enchanting” and “an unexpected mitzvah that shakes the urban blinders off our eyes and forces us to see the uncanny...

Theater Studies major Kari Barclay receives Sudler Prize in the Arts!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts is presented annually by the Duke University Council for the Arts to the graduating senior with the most exceptional record of artistic achievement throughout his or her undergraduate years. We are delighted to announce that graduating...

Bringing BOB to Duke: an amazing exchange of energy

Friday, April 1, 2016
Ellen Hemphill, director of Archipelago Theatre and Duke faculty member, has chosen a wide-open comedy for this spring’s mainstage production, BOB: a life in five acts by San Francisco playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.   In Nachtrieb’s words, “BOB chronicles the highly unusual life of Bob...

Indictment matinee added

Monday, February 29, 2016
The Saturday March 5 showing of An Indictment will be in the afternoon, starting at 2:00pm. Because, wow, the Duke-UNC game start time got moved to Saturday night, March 5 so it can be on TV!  But we were presenting the staged reading of Kari Barclay's original script An Indictment that night...

Department Student Award Applications now open!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Applications for Theater Studies departmental awards are now being accepted.  Some awards (the Alex Cohen Award, the Forlines Family Theater Studies Grant, and the Reynolds Price Award) require student submissions and those are due by...

Summer apprenticeships in Aspen!

Monday, February 1, 2016
Theatre Aspen, one of the West’s most highly regarded theater companies, announced today that it wants Duke students to apply for its Summer 2016 theater apprentice program. Excitingly, Duke alumnus David Lambert has fully funded two apprenticeship positions specifically for Duke students. The...

Duke Players AUDITIONS

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Auditions for the Duke Players' spring show, The Braveness of Jane, will be held in the Clum Room, BC 128, Fri. Jan. 15 and Sat. Jan. 16 from 5:00p to 8:00p. Be prepared to read from the provided sides. (See Facebook event for sides and sign-up sheet:


Tuesday, December 1, 2015
MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP SHOWING The students of Tommy DeFrantz's THEATRST 211 class extend their practice into relationship with an audience!  Hear songs from Gypsy,  A Chorus Line,  Carousel, The Pajama Game, and songs by Irving Berlin!  Free, includes post-show...


Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Maybe you want to learn the arts of Playmaking (380S) or Writing The Musical Book (216S)?  Ever wondered what exactly Performance Studies (202S) is?  Dive into a special topic like PERFORMING OBJECTS in Design (390S-3) or SPEAKING IN TONGUES in Reading Theater (190S-1) or perhaps...