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Alums Gather in NYC for Motown the Musical

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Some alums recently got together for some fun in the city at Motown the Musical, which was directed by an alum, Charles Randolph Wright!

DEMAN Weekend Almost Here!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
This weekend, learn about life in stage, film and administration outside of Duke from alumni with real world experience including TS alums Adam Saunders ('99), Emma Miller ('12) and Nathaniel Hill ('12). November 7th and 8th. Details at  

Guest artists D'Amour and Connelly to Teach Spring Semester

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Department of Theater Studies is honored to welcome Lisa D'Amour and Brendan Connelly to campus to teach spring semester. Take a look at their courses and see their bios below. D'Amour and Brendan are teaching together on THEATRST 290-4 Theater Studies Workshop: CoLAB: Contemporary American...

Enron - the Spring 2015 MainStage Play

Monday, October 20, 2014
Enron by Lucy Prebble Three blind mice wander across the stage while a few Texas businessmen determine the financial fate of the nation. A lawyer with a ventriloquist dummy delivers disclaimers to the audience while ferocious velociraptors lurk in the darkness... This is the world of Enron...

New Works in Process Workshop - First Deadline Oct. 17!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The New Works in Process Workshop is back! Professors Neal Bell and Jeff Storer are resurrecting this once popular course. Writers are asked to submit scripts that, if chosen, will be developed in the class, by Friday, October 17. Students who take the course will form a theatrical “company”...

The Perfect Detonator Opening Thursday!

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Perfect Detonator, Professor Jody McAuliffe's adaptation of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, opens Thursday, November 13 in Sheafer Theater in the Bryan Center. McAuliffe’s adaptation follows Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, as he reads The Secret Agent. In the process, Conrad’s fictional tale...

First Visiting Artists of the '14-'15 year

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Rude Mechanicals, one of the most innovative theater companies working in the US at this time, brought their immersive theatrical experience, Now Now Oh Now, that explores the nature of beauty, evolution, choice, and chance. While they were on campus, they visited acting and advanced acting...

Duke In Chicago 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The Duke In Chicago 2014 group.  Below, excerpts from a blog entry from a student who participated in the Duke in Chicago 2014 program. See more of what the students had to say here. "Our incredible six week artistic and entrepreneurial immersion has been extremely fun, eye-opening,...

O'Berski in China

Friday, August 1, 2014
Professor Jaybird O'Berski was in China this summer working with migrant workers, along with recent Duke graduate Shucao Mo. Below are visual dispatches from Beijing with captions. Jaybird and his new friend Caesar (adult pictured) visited an English class in a school for the children of...

Chair's Letter

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Dear Friends, 2013-14 has been an exciting year for the Department of Theater Studies.  We spent the spring semester developing new plays, screenplays, and a teleplay for the New Works Festival. We kicked off with a reading of guest playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ new play An ...