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Theatre Arts Department

Why do theatre? - Our Mission

Festival Playhouse 2017-18 SeasonSince 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 of Theatre Arts

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