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Bell Examines the Quality of Writing That Goes into the Films that Scare Us

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Years ago, Theater Studies Professor Neal Bell was asked to do a page-one rewrite (or complete screenplay overhaul) of a horror movie being shot in Toronto. The director, who shared a similar theater background, remembered that he was a horror buff, so he flew Bell to Canada to see the...


Thursday, August 20, 2020
        CALL FOR OPEN AUDITIONS CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC by Claudia Rankine Adapated for the stage by Stephen Sachs Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell August 20-26 9am-2pm Additional times are available, please email:

Meet the Director: JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Wednesday, August 19 7:00pm Zoom link (for Duke email accounts): Still not sure about enrolling in TS 350 or auditioning for the mainstage production? Join us for an introduction to our guest director, JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, who will discuss the play, the...

Theater Studies Mainstage Addresses Racism Against Black America

Thursday, August 13, 2020
A traditional Theater Studies mainstage course (THEATRST 350) would provide students the chance to participate in the department’s major production for the semester, with a faculty member not only teaching the course, but also directing. Classwork would focus on analyzing, researching, and...
Open House

Theater Studies Virtual Open House

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
August 12 2:00-3:00pm   Welcome to Duke! We’d like you to join us for our annual Open House. You don’t have to be a Theater Studies major/minor to attend. This is a great opportunity to speak with students and faculty, learn about our courses and productions, and find YOUR home in theater....

Theater Studies Statement in Support of Black Lives

Monday, June 29, 2020
The faculty and staff of Theater Studies stand in solidarity with those protesting the country’s systemic racism and anti-Black violence.  We recognize that theater has historically exploited artists of color and that institutions of theater have marginalized artists and audiences of color...

Filmmaking and Social Distancing: When “Going Viral” is a Good Thing

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
If you asked Theater Studies instructor Talya Klein in March how she and her students in “Acting for the Camera” were adjusting to remote learning, Klein would have admitted to a lofty goal. She hoped to have a feature film completed as a final project to an anomalous semester. “We’ll see,” she...

Theater Students Among Benenson Prize Winners

Friday, May 1, 2020
Each year, Duke University awards approximately twenty Benenson Awards in the Arts, which provide summer funding for arts projects, research, and training. Three Theater students are among the awardees. Congratulations to Daniel Kim, Shaina Lubliner, and Valerie Muensterman. Read more. 

Theater Studies Announces 2020 Awardees

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The Department of Theater Studies at Duke University recently presented five undergraduates with awards celebrating ongoing achievements in the discipline.  “These annual, faculty-nominated awards are our department’s opportunity to acknowledge students who embody the creative, intellectual...

The Show Did Go On: Re-inventing Live Performance during COVID-19

Monday, April 20, 2020
Cast of "Fefu and Her Friends" shortly before the virtual curtain rises. The Department of Theater Studies was a mere 23 days from opening night of its Spring Mainstage Production “Fefu and Her Friends” by Cuban playwright María Irene Fornés–when President Price announced that Duke would...