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Upcoming Productions

First show of the 2016-17 season:

Big Love
Oct. 20-23, 2016
Laurie Theater
Spingold Theater Center

Fifty brides flee their 50 grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the Western world’s oldest plays, “The Danaids” by Aeschylus. In this villa on the Italian coast, the 50 grooms catch up with the brides, and while the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender, politics, love and violence.

Explore the 2016-17 season.

New Spring '17 Classes

Spring 2017 pre-registration starts November 2nd.

ENVS/THA 141a Visions of Nature and Environmental Theater: Books, Film, Performance and Activism
Laura Goldin and Adrianne Krstansky

We will consider our individual and collective relationships with the environment, and how these shape our treatment of the earth and its natural resources in the face of daunting environmental challenges. This is an experiential learning and community engagement course. Be prepared to be active, involved and out of the classroom. In this field-based, studio and hands on seminar, we’ll be in the woods, fields and otherwise away from campus even in the snow exploring, visiting with experts, developing projects and engaging with the community.

THA 195A — Topics in Theater and Drama Section 1
Nancy Armstrong

Topic for spring 2017:
Sondheim II
Advanced undergraduate singing course, exploring the genius of Stephen Sondheim. Students must have comprehensive music reading skills, along with a keen rhythmic sense. Each class will start with 30 minutes of warm-up exercises, including focused work on breath and relaxation. Musicals represented will include: A Little Night Music, Company, Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, Follies, etc., etc. Solos, duets, trios and ensemble work will be featured. Final semester's performance will showcase the best of the best!

THA 195A — Topics in Theater and Drama Section 2
Rachel Sullivan

Topic for spring 2017:
Devising Theater: Creating New Work in a Collaborative Setting
This class will offer an in depth investigation into the study of the devising process and the techniques and theories that lead to successful theater making in a collaborative setting. In this highly active, participatory course, students will create original work and will examine devising as both an art form and vehicle for social change. While there will be in-class performances, the focus of our work will be on content and form. Directing, writing, design, and acting students all encouraged to enroll.

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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.