Department of Theatre Arts

Festival Playhouse is proud to announce our 55th Season: The Season of Assumption and Confusion!

Fall 2018:

Poster Design for ICHHIt Can't Happen Here--a play about freedom of the press in the face of a tyrannical government. Based on a novel written in the 1935 novel by Sinclair Lewis, and adapted into a play in 1936 by Lewis and John C. Moffitt. Directed by Marissa Harrington.

It Can't Happen Here is based upon the novel by Sinclair Lewis and was commissioned and originally produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, September 2016.

Click HERE to access the cast list for It Can't Happen Here.

As part of our Senior Performance Series for Fall 2018, we have spells/ signed by the heart by Robert Davis '19 and directed by Kate Kreiss '19, and Beauty's Daughter  by Dael Orlandersmith, performed by Karishma Singh '19 and directed by Aly Homminga '20

Winter 2019:

February 21-24, 2019

StPoster for Student Bodyudent Body by Frank Winters. On a typical college campus, 10 students gather to decide what they should do when they discover a video of a sexual encounter between two students at a party. Has a sexual assault occurred? What is their responsibility?

Directed by Guest Artist and Visiting Professor, Bianca Washington. 

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We are proud to partner with the association Green Dot for this production. Green Dot is a cooperation that is focused on bystander intervention and sexual assault prevention. For more information about Green Dot, click HERE.

February 14-17, 2019

 Senior Performance Series for Winter 2018, includes Realm of the Dead written by Hunter Himelhoch '19 and directed by Louise Thomas '19, and The Exception and The Rule by Bertolt Brecht and Directed by Mitchel Herr '19.

Spring 2019:

May 16-19, 2019

ShakNew TN Posterespeare's Twelfth Night. One of Shakespeare's most lively comedies, this is also one of his most provocative and complex forays into love and gender identity. Who really loves whom? Will the right lovers end up with each other at the end of the play? Directed by Karen Berthel.


Click HERE to access the cast list for Twelfth Night.



Why do theatre? - Our Mission

 Since you're reading this page, we can assume you have some interest in theatre. Maybe you ran a spotlight in your high school musical and would like to do more technical theatre work occasionally just for the fun of it. Or maybe you have already decided to be an actor and you want to perform in every Festival Playhouse mainstage play, every student directed Dungeon Theatre play, and every directing class scene in your time at "K."

.... Whatever your interest, talent, and level of experience, there is a place for you in our program. We NEED you in order to do our productions—as assistant directors, stage managers, scenery builders, and much, much more. Our theatre program is about the artistic growth of our students. And we are very proud of their accomplishments.

.... And you know what? It doesn't matter if you intend to be a theatre major or just dabble in it because you enjoy it, you NEED us! You have probably heard from any number of people that the "theatre is not practical." Nothing could be further from the truth. The study of theatre is enormously practical—for all who really want to get the best from their liberal arts education. Where else can you learn such things as commitment, time management, getting along with others, working under deadlines? The list goes on and on. These skills are for life—there won't be a field you enter where you won't need to learn how to do these things. Theatre can teach them to you well.

.... And where else can you study literature, art , politics, music, history, and psychology where the result of that research culminates in a performance? Theatre is a crucial part of the liberal arts education.

.... But I don't need to convince you of that, and we know that you plan to get involved—by auditioning for a play, working on a crew, joining the college improv group, or taking theatre classes. You'll be contributing, but also helping yourself as an educated person.

Welcome! We are glad you are here!

Ed Menta

Ph.D., James B. Stone Professor

Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts

Check out our Faculty and Staff Page and our Facilites Pages to learn more about the people and places in the Kalamazoo College Theatre Arts Department!