2019-2020 Theater & Dance Events

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. View the full Amherst Arts calendar here.

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  • Sept. 6: Fall Dance Concert & Dance Party
    7:30PM, Kirby Theater

  • Oct. 31-Nov 2: MEDEA by Euripides / Maki Ybarra Young’s Senior Project in Acting
    8PM, Kirby Theater

  •  Nov. 14-16: PEACE IN THE HOME / MacKenzie Kugel’s Senior Project in Writing and Directing
    8PM, Holden Theater

  • Dec. 6: BIG BODY: Experimental J-Sette Performance Workshop with Jumatatu Poe
    4:30-6:30pm, Webster Hall Studio 1

 

  • Feb 2-8: Special guest Yanira Castro '93 & a canari torsi, CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR
    Kirby Theater

  • Feb. 27-29: GOSSAMER / Sophina Flores’ Senior Project in Writing and Directing
    Holden Theater

  •  Mar. 26-28: THE PUDDLE JUMPING SOCIETY / Anna Plummer’s Senior Project in Musical Theater
    Kirby Theater

  •  Apr. 9-11: RIGHT WOMEN / Leah Woodbridge’s Senior Project in Choreography and Directing
    Holden Theater

April 2019

Wed, Apr 3, 2019

A colorful event poster with the title "Awake"

"Awake"

Created by Lauren Thompson '19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow the link below to view reservations.

Thu, Apr 4, 2019

A colorful event poster with the title "Awake"

"Awake"

Created by Lauren Thompson '19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow the link below to view reservations.

Fri, Apr 5, 2019

A colorful event poster with the title "Awake"

"Awake"

Created by Lauren Thompson '19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow the link below to view reservations.

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

AWAKE photo

Awake

Created by Lauren Thompson ‘19 and Benjamin Kissinger ‘20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow link below to view reservations: https://doodle.com/poll/nyu6xgr3imge7ueb

A colorful event poster with the title "Awake"

"Awake"

Created by Lauren Thompson '19 and Benjamin Kissinger '20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow the link below to view reservations.

Sun, Apr 7, 2019

AWAKE photo

Awake

Created by Lauren Thompson ‘19 and Benjamin Kissinger ‘20E, AWAKE is a multimedia work of installation art/experimental theater designed as an immersive, single-viewer experience. Drawing upon Buddhist teachings, philosophy, mathematics, the sciences and narrative, AWAKE is an exploration of the self and how we understand our place in the world told through light, sound, projections and space.

Limited reservations are available for one individual at a time, April 3 through 7. Walk-ins welcome, but not guaranteed. AWAKE runs at 25 minutes per showing. Follow link below to view reservations: https://doodle.com/poll/nyu6xgr3imge7ueb

Thu, Apr 11, 2019

Event poster showing a stylized illustration of two halves of human faces; one side of the illustration is in black, gray and white, and the other side is in red, yellow and blue

"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents an evening of two senior honors performances. I'm Fine., created by Brandon Medina ’19, follows Calvin, a socially anxious young man who receives a visit from his Conscience. They take a mind-bending journey through his formative memories, seeing what made him who he is, and the human connections he made and lost. Throughout their journey, Calvin is pursued by antagonistic Muses – shape-shifting beings who wish for Calvin to distort himself into something other than who he is. Starring: Leah Folpe, Brandon Medina, Samuel Melcher and Chloe Wohlgemuth.

Ha, created by Matthew Holliday ’19, challenges us to think about how we truly feel. Rooting memory, emotion and physical histories in the body, Ha explores our needs, wants, fears and desires. One must laugh at the contradictory nature that defines how we construct memory and how we embody our past, both good and bad. Starring: Bridget Carmichael, Michael Gibson, Benin Gardener, Matthew Holliday, Genevieve Lucas-Narcisse, Andres Niño, Rachel Marchica, Kiara Mickens, Rebecca Schrader, and Leah Woodbridge.

Set Design by Maia Doerner, Costume Design by Lorelei Diets, Lighting Design by Sophina Flores, Sound Design by Micha Starr, Music Design by Alistair Edwards, MacKenzie Kugel and Cristóbal Silva.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

Event poster showing a stylized illustration of two halves of human faces; one side of the illustration is in black, gray and white, and the other side is in red, yellow and blue

"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents an evening of two senior honors performances. I'm Fine., created by Brandon Medina ’19, follows Calvin, a socially anxious young man who receives a visit from his Conscience. They take a mind-bending journey through his formative memories, seeing what made him who he is, and the human connections he made and lost. Throughout their journey, Calvin is pursued by antagonistic Muses – shape-shifting beings who wish for Calvin to distort himself into something other than who he is. Starring: Leah Folpe, Brandon Medina, Samuel Melcher and Chloe Wohlgemuth.

Ha, created by Matthew Holliday ’19, challenges us to think about how we truly feel. Rooting memory, emotion and physical histories in the body, Ha explores our needs, wants, fears and desires. One must laugh at the contradictory nature that defines how we construct memory and how we embody our past, both good and bad. Starring: Bridget Carmichael, Michael Gibson, Benin Gardener, Matthew Holliday, Genevieve Lucas-Narcisse, Andres Niño, Rachel Marchica, Kiara Mickens, Rebecca Schrader, and Leah Woodbridge.

Set Design by Maia Doerner, Costume Design by Lorelei Diets, Lighting Design by Sophina Flores, Sound Design by Micha Starr, Music Design by Alistair Edwards, MacKenzie Kugel and Cristóbal Silva.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Event poster showing a stylized illustration of two halves of human faces; one side of the illustration is in black, gray and white, and the other side is in red, yellow and blue

"I'm Fine." and "Ha"

The Department of Theater and Dance presents an evening of two senior honors performances. I'm Fine., created by Brandon Medina ’19, follows Calvin, a socially anxious young man who receives a visit from his Conscience. They take a mind-bending journey through his formative memories, seeing what made him who he is, and the human connections he made and lost. Throughout their journey, Calvin is pursued by antagonistic Muses – shape-shifting beings who wish for Calvin to distort himself into something other than who he is. Starring: Leah Folpe, Brandon Medina, Samuel Melcher and Chloe Wohlgemuth.

Ha, created by Matthew Holliday ’19, challenges us to think about how we truly feel. Rooting memory, emotion and physical histories in the body, Ha explores our needs, wants, fears and desires. One must laugh at the contradictory nature that defines how we construct memory and how we embody our past, both good and bad. Starring: Bridget Carmichael, Michael Gibson, Benin Gardener, Matthew Holliday, Genevieve Lucas-Narcisse, Andres Niño, Rachel Marchica, Kiara Mickens, Rebecca Schrader, and Leah Woodbridge.

Set Design by Maia Doerner, Costume Design by Lorelei Diets, Lighting Design by Sophina Flores, Sound Design by Micha Starr, Music Design by Alistair Edwards, MacKenzie Kugel and Cristóbal Silva.

Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Sat, Apr 20, 2019

Dance Ensemble dancers

Amherst College Dance Ensemble Performance

Join the Department of Theater and Dance for an evening of original dance works choreographed by the Amherst College Dance Ensemble, featuring Maragaret Donaghey UM '20, Jasmine Gamboa '19, Matthew Holliday '19, Rachel Marchica UM '21, Kiara Mickens SC '21, Maya Mizrahi '21, Alexandra Sala '22, Remy Swift HC '20 and Evelyn Touchette '20E.

Tickets are free, reservations recommended: (413) 542-2277.

Fri, Apr 26, 2019

Solo Performance poster showing a human silhouette standing in front of a white light and a blue and silver background

Solo Performance

A presentation of six original solos created and performed by students in Th/Da 355: "Solo Performance." The evening offers a program of diverse 10-minute pieces in dance and theater by Eleanor Crawford (HC), Anna Hendricks (MHC), Heiata Julienne-Ista, Sadie Popoli (HC), Leah Woodbridge and Rosie Xu (MHC), with a central focus on sharing personal, transformative experiences and stories with the audience.

Sat, Apr 27, 2019

Solo Performance poster showing a human silhouette standing in front of a white light and a blue and silver background

Solo Performance

A presentation of six original solos created and performed by students in Th/Da 355: "Solo Performance." The evening offers a program of diverse 10-minute pieces in dance and theater by Eleanor Crawford (HC), Anna Hendricks (MHC), Heiata Julienne-Ista, Sadie Popoli (HC), Leah Woodbridge and Rosie Xu (MHC), with a central focus on sharing personal, transformative experiences and stories with the audience.