Every year the Department of Theater features a vibrant season of mainstage productions, open to the paying public. This season is carefully planned to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and to give faculty members a chance to exercise their creative talents, too. Guest artists are frequent collaborators.
Undergraduates perform as actors or work in production activities behind the scenes. They may assist the graduate students, faculty members and guest artists or may serve as directors, designers and dramaturgs in their own right.
The production season is planned to be diverse, offering students a chance to work on classics as well as work by up-and-coming playwrights. All styles and genres are represented on stage.
Participation in University of Massachusetts Department of Theater productions is open to all University students, as well as to students at other area colleges and members of the University community. Theater majors are also free to audition for other productions in the area, on other campuses, or under any auspices other than the Department of Theater.
The Department also has a very active season of second stage and laboratory projects. Dozens of these projects take place in our spaces over the course of a given year—most of them student-initiated.