The latest news from the Department
- ALUMNI ALERT: Casting director Kate Sprance '08 has won an Emmy Award for outstanding casting for her work on the acclaimed Netflix series The Queen's Gambit. Read more
- FACULTY UPDATE: Ethan Philbrick
Ethan Philbrick, Visiting Asst Professor of Theatre, has several recent artistic accomplishments to share. Ethan was recently a featured musician in fellow cellist Yo-Yo Ma's filmed masterclass for the online continuing education program MasterClass. Also, Ethan's book, Group Works, is now under contract from publication with Fordham University Press. And finally, Ethan's band, DAYS, has released a self-titled EP, available here.
- ALUMNI ALERT: Morgan Reilly '15 will be joining the cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Freestyle Love Supreme as it heads out on a nationwide tour in 2022! The tour will be stopping in Philly June 7-12. Read more about the show on Variety
- FACULTY UPDATE: James Peck
with Leticia Robles-Moreno and Tom Cartelli
Theatre Professor James Peck is the Anthology Editor for the eight-volume book series The Great North American Stage Directors. The second set of four volumes was published in late November by Methuen Drama. The first set was published earlier in the year. In addition to overseeing the entire series, Jim served as Editor for the eighth volume and Co-Editor for the seventh. He also wrote the series introduction, the intro to Volume 8, and a chapter for Volume 8 on director Peter Sellars.
Two other Muhlenberg faculty members contributed to the series as well. Assistant Professor of Theatre Leticia Robles-Moreno contributed a chapter on director Jesusa Rodriguez, and Professor Emeritus of English Tom Cartelli wrote a chapter on Elizabeth LeCompte.
Read more here about the series:Volumes 1-4 and Volumes 5-8.
- FACULTY UPDATE: Matt Moore
Assistant Professor of Theatre Matt Moore is co-editor of the book Troubling Traditions: Canonicity, Theatre, and Performance in the US, published Nov. 30, 2021, by Routledge. Troubling Traditions takes up a 21st century, field-specific conversation between scholars, educators, and artists from varying generational, geographical, and identity positions that speak to the wide array of debates around dramatic canons.
Unlike Literature and other fields in the humanities, Theatre and Performance Studies has not yet fully grappled with the problems of its canon. Troubling Traditions stages that conversation in relation to the canon in the United States. It investigates the possibilities for multiplying canons, methodologies for challenging canon formation, and the role of adaptation and practice in rethinking the field’s relation to established texts. The conversations put forward by this book on the canon interrogate the field’s fundamental values, and ask how to expand the voices, forms, and bodies that constitute this discipline. Read more.
- Ehn’s ‘Saint Plays’ Tells Stories of Saints Through Hallucinogenic Dreamscape
Muhlenberg presents an evening of short plays with subjects ranging from Judas to Joan of Arc, Dec. 2-5. Read more
- ‘Reset: New Dances’ Concert Showcases Dance Works on Themes of Reinvention, Renewal
Performance Nov. 18-20 displays talents of eight senior choreographers, with more than 40 dancers. Read more
- 'Call Me By Any Other Name… Just as Sweet' Opens Oct. 21
World premiere queer adaptation at Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance turns classic Romeo and Juliet tale inside-out. Read more
- ‘En El Tiempo de las Mariposas’ Opens Theatre & Dance Departmental Season
True story of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican freedom fighters, marks return to in-person performance. Read more
- FACULTY UPDATE: You-Shin Chen
You-Shin Chen, scenic designer and Assistant Professor of Theatre, has created the short theatre film TOPSIDE, which was a finalist in the Broadway On Demand Short Film Festival.
- STUDENT UPDATE: Arianna Tilley
Arianna Tilley '22 is immersing herself in theatre this summer at the Hangar Theatre's LabCo program. Read more
Congratulations to theatre and film-studies double-major Amira Jackson '24 on her documentary fiction short film "Pittsburgh: The People." The film was selected as the best entry in the Pittsburgh Youth Anti-Racism Film Festival. "We need more creative spaces for Black and brown people," Amira says. "Winning this competition is my first step to making that change."
- STUDENT ALERT: Amira Jackson '24 wins film festival award
Theatre and film-studies double-major Amira Jackson '24 has produced the documentary fiction short film Pittsburgh: The People. The film was selected as the best entry in the Pittsburgh Youth Anti-Racism Film Festival. "We need more creative spaces for Black and brown people," Amira says. "Winning this competition is my first step to making that change." Read more
- Immersive theater installation ‘Memento: Mori: Triptych’ evokes memory, mortality
Created by collective of 14 theater artists, interactive performance experience premieres at Muhlenberg College, May 14-16. Read more
- ‘En-Route’ site-responsive dance festival showcases works created and performed throughout ’Berg campus
Innovative and immersive outdoor dance production, May 7-9,
will premiere works from 11 choreographers, 68 dancers. Read more
- 10 students, 10 stories
A new ensemble performance based on medieval classic, ‘10 x 10 (or, The Decameron)’ will premiere April 22. Read more
- ‘Unstable Connections’ brings light and laughter to a Zoom world
Three-part comedic webseries premieres April 15 as part of Muhlenberg College’s Mnemonic Theatre Festival. Read more
- Gertrude Stein’s eccentric ‘A List’ provides lens to explore our surreal moment in history
James Peck directs Stein’s short, peculiar modernist drama for Muhlenberg Theatre’s Mnemonic Festival, April 11-13. Read more
- Powerful and playful piece of physical theater reimagines memory
Ensemble-devised original theatrical work ‘Run Glue Tree Pour Dive: A Re-membering’ runs April 5-7 at Muhlenberg’s Mnemonic Theatre Festival. Read more
- Dystopian drama 'Far Away' offers disturbing glimpses of a world at war
Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance presents Caryl Churchill's play March 28-30, as part of Mnemonic Theatre Festival. Read more
- Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance celebrates Black Girl Magic with world premiere ‘Magic’
Opening March 18, Kiyaana Cox Jones’ play takes a Restorative Theater approach to the story of a young woman on a quest to find her magic. Read more
- Theatre professor James Peck receives Oscar Brockett teaching award
Association for Theatre in Higher Education presents award annually to recognize 'tremendous impact' on students. Read more
- Leticia Robles-Moreno awarded the Crossette Family Faculty Fellowship for International Research
The award was presented at the College's 2020 Honrs Convocation. Read more
- Theatre & Dance Department announces 2020-21 Departmental Season
Season to feature six theatre productions, three dance concerts, beginning in late September.
- Muhlenberg appoints new Director of Dance
Associate Professor Jeffrey Peterson will take take the reins July 1, 2020. Read more
- Muhlenberg postpones 40th season of Summer Music Theatre
Theatre & Dance public events tentatively scheduled to resume this fall. Read more
- Muhlenberg celebrates 60 years of Hansberry's classic 'Raisin in the Sun'
Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Page directs the production, Feb. 20-23. Read more
- 'Master Choreographers' dance concert, Feb. 6-8, showcases talents of acclaimed choreographers, over 60 dancers
Highlights include pieces by guest artists Bill Evans, Yoshito Sakuraba. Read more
- Muhlenberg celebrates 40 years of Summer Music Theatre with two world premiere musicals
This summer's lineup inlcudes 'Legally Blonde,' premiere of 'The Legend of New York,' all-ages circus musical 'The Comedy of Wizards' Read more
- Jakeim Hart '16 is Broadway bound! His show Sing Street will transfer from New York Theatre Workshop to the Lyceum Theatre in late March, with an official opening April 19. Read more.
- 'New Visions' festival showcases directorial talents, Nov. 20-24
Theater festival to feature two world premieres, plays by Longergan and Rivera and experimental theater group The Neo-Futurists. Read more
- 'Moving Stories' dance concert showcases innovative work by student choreographers in a nationally acclaimed program
Dance performance Nov. 7-9 displays talents of 12 young choreographers, with more than 60 dancers. Read more
- Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance ventures 'Into the Woods' with Sondheim and Lapine's beloved, multilayered musical
Tony Award-winning musical fairy tale offers opportunities, challenges for performers; runs Oct. 25 – Nov. 3. Read more
- An 'Earnest' approach to a comedic classic
Theatre & Dance to present Oscar Wilde's masterwork, featuring all-female cast, Sept. 26-29. Read more
- Kimberly Dodson '13 joins the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. She heads into the show directly from the Broadway production of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Kimberly was also recently named to The Ensemblist's first-ever Ones to Watch list. Read their great profile of Kimberly.
- ‘Love & The Law' offers a trio of musical stories on Muhlenberg Mainstage
Theatre & Dance and Music departments team up for a lively evening of opera and musical theater, April 25-28. Read more
- ‘Dance Emerge’ dance concert showcases innovative work by student choreographers
Dance performance April 11-14 displays talent of seven young choreographers, more than 50 dancers. Read more
- Political factions breed anarchy in O War world premiere
Holly Cate's take on Shakespearean violence storms Empie Theatre, March 27-31. Read more
- Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play brings Springfieldian end times to Muhlenberg
Anne Washburn’s speculative drama, set following a nuclear meltdown (and featuring a bonus Simpsons operetta) offers an examination of pop culture, storytelling and myth-making in post-apocalyptic America. Read more
- Master Choreographers dance concert, Feb. 7-9, showcases talents of acclaimed choreographers, 70+ dancers
Highlights include pieces by guest artists Kevin Jenkins, Michael Nickerson-Rossi and Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner. Read more
- Muhlenberg Productions Lauded in Year-In-Review Awards
- 'New Voices / New Visions' festival showcases talents of female student directors & playwright
Short plays encounter adolescent friendship, Jewish mythology, and outcast solidarity, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 in the Studio Theatre in Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance Read more
- The Princeton Review Names Muhlenberg College Theatre Program One of the Nation's Best
The College garnered a #9 ranking for "Best College Theater," placing the program among the top 12 in the nation 10 of the last 11 years. Read more
- 'Ubu Roi' Serves Up Searing Scatological Satire
Muhlenberg's Francine Roussel directs a politically resonant production of a century-old absurdist French play that she says shows "not a wrinkle." Read more
- Madison Ferris '14 stars in Broadway's The Glass Menagerie
Theatre alumna makes history as Laura in Sam Gold's groundbreaking production. Profile in The Morning Call