Festival Playhouse presents: K

In Spring of 2020, Kalamazoo College welcomed guest artists to work with Kalamazoo College students to create a piece of devised theatre. In Fall of 2020, the show, K, was produced virtually. You can watch the multimedia production here.

What is Devised Theatre?

Devised theatre is a method of creating an original work by an ensemble. Inherent in the creative process is the invitation for participants to share that which is most important to them and collectively tell a story. A story that needs telling. To this community. Now.


Winter 2020

In early March, Jens Rasmussen, co-founder of the Bechdel Project, hosted aseries of workshops aimed at generating a student-focused discussion.

What is important to you? What is being said, and how, to whom, where, and when? What is not being said? What issues or concerns do you have that need to be addressed at K? What are your hopes and dreams for yourself? For this community? For the world?

Spring 2020

Director Emilio Rodriguez of The Black and Brown Theatre Company in Detroit, MI, taught a class on Devised Theatre.

Throughout the course, students built upon the themes and issues raised during the Winter term with Jens Rasmussen (above) to develop an original script, titled “K”, that speaks to the ideals, concerns, and hopes of current K-students.

Fall 2020

“K”, the devised script, was virtually produced as part of the 57th Festival Playhouse season, directed by Emilio Rodriguez. View the multimedia production online, for free, here.

Actors with shocked reactions on a Zoom call

Festival Playhouse presents: Silent Sky

by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Ren Berthel

February 27- March 1, 2020

Stage Floor Design by Raven Wynd

Lighting/Set Design by Lanny Potts

Costumes by Lori Sands

Assistant Scenic Design- Angela Mammel

Audience Reviews of Silent Sky:

“One of the most beautiful shows I have seen in years.”

ACTF Respondent, Mark Hoffland of Albion College

Festival Playhouse Presents: Student Body

Student Body by Frank Winters

Directed by Bianca Washington

February 21-24, 2019. The Playhouse

Synopsis: A camera is found that contains a video of a sexual assault. 10 college students meet in an empty theatre to decide whether or not to bring the footage to the police. The more they discuss the issue, the more complicated it gets.