For more than 15 years, our productions
have entertained audiences across Duke
and our surrounding community.



We produce two Mainstage plays each year under the direction of a faculty member or visiting artist. On stage and behind the scenes, our students participate in these productions.

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  • Spring, 2021
    Michael Collier and Georgia Machemer (Translators of Euripides' work), María Zurita Ontiveros (Director), Ash Jeffers (Designer)
  • Fall, 2020
    Claudia Rankine (Writer), JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell (Director)
  • Spring, 2020
    María Irene Fornés (Writer), Jeff Storer (Director)

Duke Players Lab Productions

Member of our student organization, Duke Players, produce one lab production each semester, along with their annual Orientation Show for incoming students.

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  • Spring, 2020
    Valerie Muensterman (Writer), Jody McAuliffe (Director)
  • Fall, 2019
    David Ives, Rory Leahy, Jaclyn Grogan (Writer), Dana Adcock (Director)
  • Fall, 2018
    Jeff Bowen & Hunter Bell (Writer), Maria Zurita Ontiveros (Director)

Distinction Projects

Our Graduation with Distinction program enables students whose project includes a production component, to showcase their work.

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New Works

The New Works Lab is an initiative that allows students to work closely with playwrights creating new works of American theater.

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