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: Jody McAuliffe
The Beatification of Area Boy by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and directed by Jody McAuliffe was presented by the Duke Department of Theater Studies. Soyinka was in residence during the first week of rehearsal and opening week of the play, which ran in October 2010.
Directed By: Joseph Megel
The Miser by Moliere ran in Sheafer Theater April 2010. The play was translated and adapted by Elisabeth Lewis Corley and directed by Joseph Megel. Set was by Torry Bend, costumes by Jessica Gaffney and Ross Kolman designed lighting for the production.
Directed By: Jay O'Berski
The Duke Department of Theater Studies presented The Lower D’s, based on the Russian play The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky, Nov. 12-21, 2009. Jay O’Berski of the Theater Studies faculty directed the play.
O’Berksi decided to set The Lower D’s not in Russia but in...
Directed By: Ellen Hemphill
Exit the King, directed by Ellen Hemphill, theater studies faculty member, ran April 2-11, 2009 in Sheafer Theater at Duke University. World-renowned puppeteer Basil Twist designed puppets to “animate the space” along with the student actors, and Allison Leyton-Brown composed music for...
Directed By: John Clum
Director John Clum said, as he prepared to direct the Hugh Wheeler/Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, “The theater studies department had been talking for years about working with the student musical organization Hoof ‘n’ Horn, and finally it’s happening.” Hoof ‘n’ Horn, the...