Next show of the 2015-16 season:
Shoes On, Shoes Off
April 15-17, 2016
Spingold Theater Center
Explore the 2015-16 season.
Through rigorous learning, skill training, and aesthetic practice, the Brandeis Department of Theater Arts fosters a creativity that connects to scholarship and a scholarship that is responsive to the individual and to the community. As artists, practitioners and scholars, we create new work and ideas, and challenge our students to enact change, build connections, and value diversity.
Our rich history is embedded in the legacy of Leonard Bernstein and the gifted collaborators who invigorated Spingold Theater Center into being. At the forefront is a strong community of students, faculty and staff who work every day toward the common privilege of creating and discussing the world of theater through classes, lectures, workshops and performances.
The department is built on the following values:
The use of imaginative ability and flexible thinking to generate original ideas and
surprising connections in all our work. Creativity serves as context for all of our other values.
Diversity and Inclusion
Distinct experiences and backgrounds (racial, ethnic, gender expression, gender identity, sexuality, economic, disability, religious, and social) enrich and enliven our conversations, scholarship, and creative expression. Through our curriculum, season planning, and the composition of our community, we strive to challenge discrimination, the marginalization of minorities, and the legacy of racism that has been inherent in the American theater tradition.
Scholarship, (Knowledge, Craft)
The theoretical and experiential understanding of theater. Our goal is to provide students with the ability to use that understanding in the creation and appreciation of theater within a larger social context. Our students learn by doing.
The deeply personal way in which we create and understand art. Our goal is to encourage our students to develop a sense of individuality and identity that guides their artistic endeavors through training, encouragement, and example.
The act of doing something uncertain in order to make new and exciting discoveries; success requires failure. Through coaching and mentorship, we encourage our students to make bold decisions, take chances, and challenge assumptions about themselves and our world. By creating opportunities within a supportive environment for personal risk, we increase
opportunities for personal achievement.
The process of working with others in a shared venture. The collaborative process values individual expertise and perspectives and elevates the work we produce as a community by interweaving our singular voices and abilities. Students, faculty, and staff work together in an inclusive environment that embraces feedback, criticism, and flexibility.
The expectation that students learn and work at a high level. We challenge our students to engage in their scholarly and creative work with commitment, curiosity, and depth.
The qualities, skills, and conduct that mark a person with training in theater. Through example, instruction, and high expectations, we strive to prepare our students for participation in both academic and professional environments.