Welcome to Theatre Arts at K College

Our theatre company, Festival Playhouse, is now celebrating its 56th Season!

To check out the shows we have done in the past, check our our Past Productions page.  

For all Academic information, look to our Current Students page. 

We are always committed to theatre that is always thoughtful and theatre that is always provocative. Please take the time to look through our Mission Statement.  

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Current Production Winter 2020: Silent Sky

by Lauren Gunderson

February 27- March 1, 2020. The Playhouse (129 Thompson St)

Based on the true story of genius astronomer and “computer” Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky explores the scientific contributions of women at the turn of the twentieth-century.

K-STUDENTS: Have you ever dreamed of being a part of a Festival Playhouse Production, but you dont want to be an actor? There are plenty of positions available on the production side of the show! You could build costumes, stage manage, and so much more! NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Apply for Production Positions with this produciton application. Email it to Lanny Potts or turn it in at the Theatre Arts office in the Basement of the FAB (follow the purple stripe).

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT festivalplayhouse.ludus.com


2019-2020 Season is 'Herstory: Forgotten Female Figures'

Nov. 7-10 - The Spitfire Grill. Book and Music by James Valcq and book by Frank Alley 

Directed by Visiting Professor, "C" Heaps

Based on the 1996 movie of the same name, this musical follows the story of a young woman named Percy Talbott trying to fit back into society after being released from jail. upon arriving in the small town of Gilead, WI, she is met with harshness and criticism. She gets a job as a waitress at The Spitfire Grill and has to navigate all of the prejudices against her. 

Feb. 27-Mar.1 - Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Ren Berthel

Based on the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky is about a group of female astronomers at the Harvard Observatory at the turn of the 20th century. Henrietta Leavitt discovered hundreds of stars and space phenomenon, but many of her discoveries were not taken seriously after her death. This is the story of a woman determined to further her field, no matter what anyone else says.

May 14-17 - Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Directed by Guest Artist, Bianca Washington

The winner of the Pulizer Prize for Drama in 2012, Water by the Spoonful is a beautiful play about family and where you find it. Odessa Ortiz, AKA "Haikumom," moderates a chatroom for recovering drug addicts and creates an online family network while her real-life family falls apart. 

In Spring Quarter we will also be hosting Emilio Rodriguez, Artistic Director of The Black and Brown Theatre Company, to create a devised theatre piece with the help of "C" Heaps as dramaturg.

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Box Office Information

Tickets will be held in the box office under your name. We offer general admission (no reserved seats) so encourage you to arrive early: the box office opens one hour prior to curtain time. If you choose to pay at the box office, cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted at the window. House opens at 30 minutes before curtain.  Please note that there is no food or beverage of any kind permitted in the theatre. 

Curtain Time is 7:30 for evening shows and 2:00 for the Sunday matinee shows. Curtain times are prompt so please arrive early. Latecomers will be seated only at the discretion of the House Manager.

Any complimentary tickets which have not been obtained 15 min. prior to curtain will be released to the general public for purchase.


Refund Policy

There are no refunds.


Admission for Productions in the Dungeon: $5 general admission.

Admission for Productions in Nelda K. Balch Playhouse:

$5 students with ID*

$10 seniors 65+ AND all faculty/staff members' guests*

$15 other adults

*All K-students, faculty/staff members of Kalamazoo College are invited to attend our performances at no charge!

For additional information call the box office at (269) 337-7333.