2020 Devised Theatre Production

In Spring of 2020, Kalamazoo College welcomes guest artists to work with K-students to create a piece of devised theatre.

PLEASE NOTE: There will NOT be a cap for the Spring 2020 Devised Theatre Class! We welcome and encourage EVERYONE to be a part of this process, regardless of theatre experience.

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. Festival Playhouse is excited to share this opportunity with any interested K-student regardless of major. Students are also welcome to be part of the process at the beginning, middle or end–or all of the above. Learn more by reading about what is being offered during the next three terms here at K.


Winter 2020, Week 9

Beginning Tuesday, March 3, Jens Rasmussen, co-founder of the Bechdel Project, will host a series 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?

During Week 9, please plan on attending one A Module (text generation) and one B Module (movement generation) AND the workshop on Saturday. Please meet in the Playhouse Lobby, 129 Thompson St., next to the Dow Science Center.

Module A– Tuesday & Wednesday, March 3 & 4, 6-8pm

Module B– Thursday & Friday, March 5 & 6, 6-8pm

Final Collective/Sharing Workshop – Saturday, March 7, 1-3pm

Spring 2020

Director Emilio Rodriguez of The Black and Brown Theatre Company in Detroit, MI, will teach a class on Devised Theatre (no student cap).

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

If you would like to participate in the Devised Theatre class, be sure to register as part of your K College Spring Class registration.

Fall 2020

We are honored to announce that excerpts from the play written in the spring term will be featured in the bi-annual WithOut Borders Conference hosted by the Arcus Social Justice Leadership Center (held during October 2-4) then produced in full as part of the 57th Festival Playhouse season on Family Weekend, Nov. 5-8.