Our 2023–2024 Season

Surrealism and slapstick, the beautiful and the bittersweet—the 2023–2024 UMass Theater season encompasses what's thrilling about live theater!

Upcoming Events

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7:30 pm - 10:00 pm ET
Twelfth Night
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm ET
Twelfth Night
10:00 am - 12:30 pm ET
Twelfth Night (Student matinee)

Not just for STEM: Our students get recognition for their research

Research is a word typically associated with the sciences, but it also applies to theater artists, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst has recognized that by awarding four students with the Rising Researcher award between 2019 and 2020. While individually grateful for the honor, these theater artists also see the value for theater as a whole each time one of them is recognized for their work. 


In the News

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Discovering the anthropology of theater with Melissa Moschitto '03
Is a name destiny? It certainly seems so when you consider the work of The Anthropologists, a New York City-based theater company founded by UMass Theater alum Melissa (Fendell) Moschitto ‘03 in 2008.
December 11, 2023
Stages: September 2009
A Note from the Chair — Penny Remsen steps up | Andrew Wittkamper's Career Path Reaps Unexpected Rewards | Related Video: Andrew Wittkamper's Make-up Class | Coming Up This Year — A look at the season and special events | Updates
September 1, 2009
Swimming to Spalding: From Concept to Stage
In the summer of 2007, I spent 72 hours living and performing in a Victorian boudoir I designed and installed on a traffic island in Union Square. Fashionably Late for the Relationship was a collaboration with video artist R. Luke Dubois and earned us considerable press as it was covered extensively
February 1, 2010

Justin Townsend '97 becomes the first UMass Theater design alum to win a Tony

Moulin Rouge won an impressive ten Tony Awards, but for UMass Theater, one win was particularly wonderful: Lighting Designer Justin Townsend ’97 became the first UMass Theater design alum ever to win a Tony.

Professor Lighting Design Penny Remsen, who was Townsend’s mentor at UMass and is still in touch with him, said, “Justin is such a thoughtful, creative, and passionate designer, and I’m thrilled to see him receive this recognition for his work."

Build the Future of Theater

Please consider a gift to our general gift fund so we can continue to offer state-of-the-art theater programming and enrichment that helps our talented, dedicated theater-makers build rewarding careers and creative lives, and that best serves our community of up-and-coming theater artists.

performers in elaborate costumes against a dark stage

Monumental Creativity

In 2021, when our ability to produce in-person theater was severely curtailed due to the pandemic, we presented Monuments of the Future, "a series of installations that Seven beings rise up from the earth, Seven symbols move across a campus. Seven spokes on a wheel take us through the never-ending cycle of change."

Conceived by Professor Anya Klepikov, the series drew in faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student collaborators both on the design team and as performers. While the presentation itself was unusual, the piece serves as an excellent example of the way students at all levels have the chance to leave their creative fingerprints on events we offer to the public.

Academic programs: Undergraduate major and minor, a Multicultural Theater Certificate, and a graduate MFA with five specialization areas
Professional-quality productions that are presented to the campus and community at bargain prices each year
Theater artist alums who've received Tony nominations in the past decade