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: Ellen Hemphill
The pagan hilltop rituals of Lughnasa, the ancient Gaelic harvest festival, were abandoned after the Christianization of Ireland. Or were they? In Brian Friel’s play, dancing and sacrifice continue to feature in the lives of five sisters, one ex-priest, and one illegitimate child, as they...
Directed By: Torry Bend
An original faculty work-in-progress
April 13 & 14 at 8p, April 15 at 2p in Sheafer Theater, free admission
Duke Theater Studies faculty designer/puppeteer Professor Torry Bend and award-winning playwright Howard L. Craft bring their process...
Directed By: Jules Odendahl-James
The real definition of witch hunt: a community targets its weakest members as “other”, then uses law and religion to persecute and destroy them. It’s no coincidence the victims are female identified. What was true in 1670 is eerily true in 2017. Theater Studies presents a play about...
Directed By: Jaybird O'Berski
Professor Jaybird O'Berski directs an undergraduate cast in an intense musical revue featuring the songs of Jacques Brel. Brel's songs explore the glories and humiliations of love, the passage of time, and,...