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2019-2020 season announced for UMass Theater

Monday, July 22, 2019

Ecstatic celebrants in Ancient Greece. Fleeting moments of community at a Japanese water station. A racist incident on a college campus a lot like UMass Amherst. A future society careening towards a new kind of operatic form based on The Simpsons.  

The plays selected for the 2019-2020 UMass Theater season span the globe but hit close to home as they each illuminate some facet of how we connect, conflict, and celebrate with the people around us.

Memorial for Professor of Theater Julian Olf

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Everyone is welcome to a memorial service celebrating the life of Julian Olf, who passed way this past winter. The memorial service will take place on Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. in Bezanson...

Jamie Maletz ’11 writes musicals — and her destiny

Monday, June 10, 2019

Jamie Maletz ’11 has been writing musicals since she was 17, but it took her a while to work up the nerve to pursue it as a career. Nevertheless, several years after leaving UMass, Maletz decided...

Nick Ortolani '10 uses theater to get laughs

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Theater training translates to other fields. We asked one theater alum, Nick Ortolani, a 2010 graduate who has taken his theater training to a related field, a few questions about his time here at UMass Amherst and the Department of Theater, because we wanted to know how theater has impacted him and his career as a stand-up comedian. 

Plot twist: Alissa Mesibov ‘13 finds her way from theater to fundraising

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sometimes UMass Theater students drift away from their roots once they’ve graduated. Take Alissa Mesibov, for example: “You look at where I started, studying dramaturgy, being a Shakespeare nerd,...

Alexander Blaustein uses sound design to illustrate what it's like to live with anxiety

Thursday, April 25, 2019

UMass Theater senior Alexander Blaustein has long been involved with theater and has a long-standing interest in technology, but it wasn’t until he discovered sound design in his second semester at...