Theatre that is always provocative.
Theatre that is always thoughtful.
Welcome to the Theatre Arts Department!
Dedicated to the liberal arts tradition and innovations of Kalamazoo College, the Department of Theatre Arts offers students access to the collaborative nature of drama through the integration of both creative and analytical courses, production laboratories, internships, and integrated projects. By studying the wealth of worldwide theatre traditions reflecting pluralism in our society, and the interdependence of all peoples and cultures, students gain the research tools for self-discovery; informed, critical thinking; the ability to take action on their ideas and responsibilities; and the development of the kind of self-esteem and values that will lead them as artists toward enjoying a lifelong journey of personal growth and inquiry in a climate whereby each may learn to speak with their own voice.
Why Study Theatre?
The study of Theatre allows for students to explore their creativity and cultivate their craft in ways only available through theatre. It teaches sensitivity and a deeper understanding of the world as students learn to interact with the community and their peers. In all of its different forms, theatre allows for students to develop critical-thinking and problem solving skills, as well as improve communication and collaboration.
Benefits at K
Theatre at Kalamazoo College gives students opportunities to be involved in every aspect of the theatre department. Our theatre, the Festival Playhouse, allows for students from all corners of the college, even those who are not theatre majors or minors, to participate. With a state of the art theatre that features the first thrust stage built in Michigan, the Playhouse has many opportunities available to students here. Along with the opportunity to work with award winning faculty, there are options that range from acting, to assistant directing, to stage managing, to set, prop, costume, lighting, and sound design, and even more. Overall, there are chances for everyone to get involved in theatre here at K.
Festival Playhouse is the theatre production company of Kalamazoo College. First-year students take the lead in a production; seniors direct underclassmen in a show; student playwrights present their work in the New Play Festival downtown; student designers work with award-winning faculty and staff. Our students choose experiences that pave the way for their own careers right out of college. Festival Playhouse produces well-rounded theatre artists who are prepared for their futures—and you don’t even have to be a major to participate. Come, join us at the theatre.
Our alumni are playwrights, directors, producers, lighting designers, sound designers, dramaturgs, theatre arts administrators, and so much more. Their experiences on campus, overseas, and through internships allowed for creative and intriguing Senior Integrated Projects which set them apart in the “real world” upon graduation.
Notable Alumni: Lisa Kron ’83 (pictured left), Steven Yeun ’05, Jordan Klepper ’01, Quincy Isaiah ’17
Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland—new K study abroad site. Opportunities for theatre and film students unique to Queen’s University. Facilities include: a sonic sound lab, partnership with The Lyric Theatre, social justice outreach theatre, and film production.
GLCA New York Arts Program—opportunity to intern with theatres and production companies in New York City, learning first-hand how the industry operates.