2017-18 Theater & Dance Events

Here is a sneak peak of our 2017-2018 season!

Performances are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are recommended. Please call our box office at (413) 542-2277 to reserve tickets. See the full Amherst arts calendar here.

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Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Auditions for "Peer Gynt"

The Theater and Dance Department is holding auditions for the fall production of Peer Gynt, a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer in his adventurous journey. This is an ensemble-based production that spans over five acts, 40-something characters, 70 years and one desired self. Rehearsals start October 2 and the show performs November 9-11.

Students must arrive by 7 p.m. to register for their auditions. Please prepare a 3 minute monologue to present.

Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Theater Alumnae Of Color Residency Postcard

Theater Alumnae of Color Showcase

Performing artists of color who have graduated from Five College campuses will return to the consortium to work with students in residencies, offer the public a demonstration of their work and participate in a panel discussion. Organized by the theater department chairs, the residency, showcase and panel discussion are designed to feature accomplished alumnae from each of the Five Colleges presenting the work of artists who are deeply engaged not only with theater-making but also with issues of social justice.

The aim of the events is to facilitate discussions of race and gender across multiple disciplines and institutions, and to connect students to alumnae whose work is activist, visionary and inspiring. It will feature: Lisa Biggs, Amherst ’93; Kunsang Kelden, Hampshire ’09; Sueann Leung, Mount Holyoke ’10; Nia Witherspoon, Smith ’05 and Dawn Monique Williams, UMass MFA ’11.

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Theater Alumnae of Color Residency

“Theater in These Times”: Theater Alumnae of Color Panel

The theater alumnae of color panel will be followed by a reception and meet and greet with current students. Performing artists of color who have graduated from Five College campuses will return to the consortium to work with students in residencies, offer the public a demonstration of their work and participate in a panel discussion. Organized by the theater department chairs, the residency, showcase and panel discussion are designed to feature accomplished alumnae from each of the Five Colleges presenting the work of artists who are deeply engaged not only with theater-making but also with issues of social justice.

The aim of the events is to facilitate discussions of race and gender across multiple disciplines and institutions, and to connect students to alumnae whose work is activist, visionary and inspiring. It will feature: Lisa Biggs, Amherst ’93; Kunsang Kelden, Hampshire ’09; Sueann Leung, Mount Holyoke ’10; Nia Witherspoon, Smith ’05 and Dawn Monique Williams, UMass MFA ’11.

Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Sourcing the Stream

A video and performance installation by Professor Wendy Woodson, created in collaboration with dance and theater performers, composer/singer Zeina Nasr ’06 and lighting designer Kathy Couch. This immersive project in video, sound, and performance looks to the stream as a timely source for inspiration, solace, reflection and reaction. Part of the Art Ecologies series this fall.

Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Sourcing the Stream

A video and performance installation by Professor Wendy Woodson, created in collaboration with dance and theater performers, composer/singer Zeina Nasr ’06 and lighting designer Kathy Couch. This immersive project in video, sound, and performance looks to the stream as a timely source for inspiration, solace, reflection and reaction. Part of the Art Ecologies series this fall.

Thu, Nov 9, 2017

Peer Gynt

The Theater and Dance Department is proud to present a contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt, an early play of the renowned Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Assistant Professor Yagil Eliraz. This play is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer in his adventurous journey. Peer wants to fulfill himself, find his self and define who he really is while remaining loyal only to his desires and goals. Peer is the personification of our age—one in which individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity, comradery and social consciousness. By joining his journey around the world, we ask ourselves, What is the cost of the obsessive search after our true Self?

Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Peer Gynt

The Theater and Dance Department is proud to present a contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt, an early play of the renowned Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Assistant Professor Yagil Eliraz. This play is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer in his adventurous journey. Peer wants to fulfill himself, find his self and define who he really is while remaining loyal only to his desires and goals. Peer is the personification of our age—one in which individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity, comradery and social consciousness. By joining his journey around the world, we ask ourselves, What is the cost of the obsessive search after our true Self?

Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Peer Gynt

The Theater and Dance Department is proud to present a contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt, an early play of the renowned Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, adapted and directed by Assistant Professor Yagil Eliraz. This play is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer in his adventurous journey. Peer wants to fulfill himself, find his self and define who he really is while remaining loyal only to his desires and goals. Peer is the personification of our age—one in which individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity, comradery and social consciousness. By joining his journey around the world, we ask ourselves, What is the cost of the obsessive search after our true Self?

Thu, Dec 7, 2017

Performance Project

An evening of original works created by Five College students enrolled in THDA 353 Performance Studio, taught by Professor Wendy Woodson.

Fri, Dec 8, 2017

Performance Project

An evening of original works created by Five College students enrolled in THDA 353 Performance Studio, taught by Professor Wendy Woodson.

Sat, Dec 9, 2017

Performance Project

An evening of original works created by Five College students enrolled in THDA 353 Performance Studio, taught by Professor Wendy Woodson.

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

Fri, Feb 9, 2018

Sat, Feb 10, 2018

Thu, Mar 1, 2018

Uncanny Valley - Denison Marsland-Rello's Senior Thesis Project

3:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 3 (Room G9)

Fri, Mar 2, 2018

Uncanny Valley - Denison Marsland-Rello's Senior Thesis Project

3:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 3 (Room G9)

Sat, Mar 3, 2018

Uncanny Valley - Denison Marsland-Rello's Senior Thesis Project

3:00 pm Webster Hall, Studio 3 (Room G9)

Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Yetunde Ojetade's Senior Thesis Project

Fri, Mar 30, 2018

Yetunde Ojetade's Senior Thesis Project

Sat, Mar 31, 2018

Yetunde Ojetade's Senior Thesis Project