From Spring Awakening, Angels in America, Sweeney Todd, to Lorca in a Green Dress, we stage productions that challenge our performers, thrill audiences and showcase the brilliance of our faculty, and we have the national honors to prove it.
The Theatre program at Saint Mary's produces several main-stage productions each year and offers many opportunities for student actors and stage technicians to develop skills and gain experience. Recent productions have included most recently award winning rock musical Spring Awakening, directed by Reid Davis, and and Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind directed by Frank Murray, as well as several others including a newly revised June in a Box by Pulitzer-Prize nominated playwright Octavio Solis during the Fall 2011 semester. Furthermore, Solis has worked with our students in a team-taught writing/performance course in which students created and performed their own theatrical monologues under the direction of Prof. Engle. Our Fall 2010 production of Angels in America was chosen to be presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 2011 at California State University Humboldt. We have produced a wide range of styles and types of plays: Our Town, Into the Woods, She Stoops to Conquer, Venus, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Twelfth Night, and Firebugs. In Spring 2009 we brought the musical Sweeney Todd to the stage under the direction of Reid Davis.
Contact Professor Rebecca Engle at (925) 631-4159 for information about theatre productions and classes in acting, dramatic literature, and theatre history. Contact Adam Tantillo at (925) 631-4273 for information about our technical theatre program.
Theatre majors can audition for roles in main-stage productions classic productions like Moliere's Imaginary Invalid, new plays like Octavio Solis's June in a Box, and contemporary classics like Tony Kushner's Angels in America. Auditions for upcoming productions are scheduled during the first week of each semester. Contact Professor Rebecca Engle at (925) 631-4159 for more information.
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