The Department of Theatre fills the academic calendar with four large and several small productions a year. All of our students, regardless of major or class year, are invited to audition or to serve in a technical capacity.
From day one, our students work closely with faculty in practical production positions. Even first-year students can work as assistant designers and assistant technical directors for main stage productions. And experienced students often serve as lighting or scenic designers, under faculty supervision.
Main Stage Season
The main stage season offers classic plays, historical drama and a popular musical production.
The Fall Musical
A time-honored event of Susquehanna University’s Family Weekend celebration, productions have included: The Sound of Music, The Full Monty, Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly!, Guys And Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Into The Woods and A Catered Affair.
The Advanced Acting Workshop Production
These productions showcase more advanced dramatic acting techniques. Stagings have included: The Importance of Being Earnest, Dracula, Enchanted April,The Seagull and Amadeus.
The Student-Directed Play
A fully-realized main stage production directed by one of our most accomplished senior students, selected from such plays as The Hot L Baltimore, Blithe Spirit and The MissFirecracker Contest.
The Spring Production
A play is selected from the canon of world dramatic literature for the large spring production. Past productions have included: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, OurTown, The Grapes of Wrath, The Winter’s Tale, I Remember Mama and The ThreepennyOpera.
Second Stage Season
The second stage season features a collection of mostly student-generated productions focusing on bare-bones performances of challenging works in unconventional spaces.
The Experimental Acting Workshop Production
This production challenges students with demanding roles in a bare-bones acting environment to bring out their best talent in a no-frills, cutting edge performance experience.
24-Hour Play Festival
Student teams conceptualize, write, rehearse and perform exciting new short works in the span of a single day.
The Student Directing Showcase
Traditionally held late in the fall semester, this free-of-charge event features one-act plays and scenes crafted by students in the Directing class presented to a public audience.
Shakespeare Club Production
This annual audience favorite is an energetic large-cast excursion into the work of the Bard, often characterized by whimsical staging and “found objects” design.