Student Profile


Zak Kolar '18
Major: Computer Science & Education Studies
Hometown: Naperville, IL

Involvement on Campus: SCC Theater Assistant, Student Production Services Assistant Coordinator, Electrician at Brandeis Theater Company

What is your favorite part of your role? I’ve been interested in the technical side of theater since high school, and being a Theater Assistant has allowed me to continue that interest. My favorite part of my role is that I get to learn a lot about theater and help others by sharing my knowledge and experience.

How has this involvement impacted your time at Brandeis? I’ve gotten to work on a lot of shows in a lot of capacities. Through that, I have learned a lot about theater, found a community of awesome people, and made some really close friends.

What made you get involved? I did tech crew for the 24 hour musical my freshman year and basically never left.

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Carl J. Shapiro Theater

The Shapiro Theater is the hub of undergraduate theater life on campus.  Located in the Shapiro Campus Center, the 248 seat theater with professional soundboard, lightboard, and audiovisual equipment, is managed by the Department of Student Activities.

With at least five student theater productions a semester and countless special events, the Shapiro Theater is in constant use.  Stop by to see this semester's hit shows produced by the undergraduates, concerts, and more.

How Can I Reserve the Space?

Student organizations and departments can reserve the space by completing a Carl J. Shapiro Theater Request.  Because it is the home of the Undergraduate Theatre Collective (UTC), requests will be handled after semester shows are booked in the space.  Non-profit external organizations please use the Theater Space Request Form for Non-Profit External Organizations.

For more information about the space and its calendar of events, please contact the Student Activities Specialist in the Department of Student Activities.

What's Happening?

Undergraduate Theater Collective Fall 2016 Season:

What is the Undergraduate Theater Collective (UTC)?

The Undergraduate Theater Collective (UTC) is an umbrella organization of five undergraduate theater groups: Brandeis Ensemble Theater (BET), Brandeis Players, Tympanium Euphorium, Hillel Theater Group (HTG), and Boris' Kitchen.  These groups work together to produce student theater.  They share resources including the Shapiro Theater green room, shop, costumes, and props.  They hold common auditions and common casting which assists directors, producers, and casts in dividing its work load.  The UTC is governed by the UTC Commission that has representatives from each of the five groups.  For more information about the UTC and its member groups, please visit the UTC website.

What is the UTC's Connection to the Shapiro Theater?

The Shapiro Theater is the home of the UTC, works closely with the Department of Student Activities, and receives priority in the reservation process.

Who Works in the Shapiro Theater?

The Department of Student Activities hires students to serve as Theater Assistants to assist in the day-to-day activities within the space.