Creativity and collaboration are hallmarks of theater at Connecticut College
The College's theater program emphasizes both performance and study of literature and theory. We challenge students to work in all aspects of theater—acting, directing, playwriting, design, technical theater, dramaturgy and dramatic literature—so that they understand and engage in the process of creating theater, from initial creative spark to performance and post-performance evaluation and criticism.
We believe that a broad liberal arts education in theater produces graduates who are adaptable and self-directed. They are strong communicators, resourceful and resilient leaders, and creative and team-oriented collaborators. Theater study and training is ideal preparation for a life as a thinking artist and productive member of society.
You can participate in our main stage productions as well as in independent productions sponsored by the department or by student groups. Works recently staged include “Cloud Nine;” “Detroit;” “As You Like It;” “Four Dead in Ohio: Antigone at Kent State,” an ensemble-adaptation created by the students; and “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel,” a collaboration with the departments of music and dance.The College's performing arts series, onStage, brings professional theater companies to campus for performances and workshops.
Any student can audition for virtually any theater production. You don't have to be a theater major to audition or take part in a production.
All students are eligible for up to $3,000 for an internship, so you can take everything you’ve learned and put it to work. You can intern anywhere in the world, or locally through the College's long-standing affiliations with the nearby Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, and the Labyrinth Theater Company, which holds its annual training and developmental retreat here on campus. In recent years, students have completed summer internships at NYC's Pearl Theatre, the Culture Project, Signature Theatre, and The Public Theater, among others.
Theater students may choose to polish their skills in conservatory-based study away programs, such as the National Theater Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center. Our students have studied theater in Russia, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Many theater majors intend to make theater their career—as actors, directors, playwrights, stage-managers, technicians, producers or educators. Connecticut College alumni are administrators in New York theaters, stage-managers for professional companies, and actors in regional repertory companies, on television and in film.
Ukrainian Theater for Young Audiences
October (dates & venue TBA)
Directed by Ginny Anderson
Students taking part in this special project will create theater for young audiences in our community, partnering with a global network of theater artists through the Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings initiative. Together we commit to producing theater written by Ukrainian artists, directly supporting the citizens of Ukraine.
“I have a dream to return to the theater again and to all its processes. I have a strong desire to create because there are already enough destructions, both in our souls and in our country. So, don’t lose the person within yourself.” - Kiryl Bascovskiy, actor - Kiev National Academic Operetta’s Theater
A very funny and dark comedy about living in a big isolated house filled with hidden lusts and rage in the unnerving Yorkshire moors. Upon the arrival of an unsuspecting young woman answering a job advertisement, the household’s two sisters, along with a maid, dog and forlorn moor-hen, begin to unravel in this strange mash-up world of desire, identity and rivalry. The Moors is an edgy contemporary play that pushes Victorian tropes to such extreme limits that even the Brontë sisters would gasp and tremble at its moxie and daring!
“The Moors” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets: $10; Seniors: $5; Students: $5; CC Students: $5; CC Faculty & Staff: $5; Military: $5
"Into the Woods"
Athey Center, Palmer Auditorium
Friday, March 3, 2023, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 4, 2023, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 5, 2023, 2 p.m.
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
The overlapping stories of this Tony award winning musical include a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Curses and wishes lead to unintended consequences in a musical about growing up and navigating unavoidable disappointment along with wanted happiness. Sondheim’s nuanced brilliance in lyric writing and musical characterization returns to Connecticut College.
Tickets will go on sale August 22.
Tickets: $15; Seniors: $10; Students: $5; CC Students: $5; CC Faculty & Staff: $10; Military: $10
Theater Capstone Festival
Tansill Theater, Hillyer Hall
Friday, April 28, 2023; Saturday, April 29, 2023; Sunday, April 30, 2023
The Theater Capstone Festival is a collective opportunity for seniors to finish their college theater careers with a major creative project. We invite them to take risks, to deepen their work, and to find their voices as artists and scholars.