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Department of Theatre

2016-2017 Season

MainStage Productions

OTHELLO, by William Shakespeare
Directed by Terryl Hallquist, Associate Professor of Theatre
September 30, October 1, 6, 7, 8 @ 8pm, October 2 @ 2pm

Rebellion propels this classic tale of deception & murderous jealousy. Othello bears witness to the tragic consequences of rash devotedness to a seemingly honest master of mayhem.

A SHAYNA MAIDEL, by Barbara Lebow
Directed by Santiago Sosa, Guest Faculty Director
November 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 @ 8pm, November 6 @ 2pm

Two sisters are suddenly reunited after a 20-year separation. The distance between them has been more than simply geographic, as one survived a Nazi concentration camp while the other enjoyed safety in America. Over the course of one cathartic evening, they reach an intimacy much stronger than the walls of their 1946 New York City apartment. VUTheatre presents this reflection on family and the horrors of the Holocaust which inspired the Emmy Award-winning 1992 film, Miss Rose White.

GNIT,  by Will Eno
Directed by Jessika Malone, Guest Faculty Director
February 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 @ 8pm, February 19 @ 2pm

Meet Peter Gnit, a recklessly aspiring, self-deluded anti-hero. This twisted adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s 1876 play Peer Gynt sets up expectations, then hilariously dashes them, challenging what we think we know about this classic character.Peter’s problem-causing skills may well be his most pronounced ability. Today he’ll disappoint his ailing mother by arriving late at her bedside. He’ll disrupt the wedding of his ex-girlfriend, absconding with the bride as an angry mob chases him out into the mountains. So begins a lifetime of bad decisions, for Peter believes he’s on a mission to discover his “authentic self.”

Directed by Christin Essin, Assistant Professor of Theatre
April 13, 14, 15 @ 8pm

"What good is sitting alone in your room?  Come hear the music play..."  VUTheatre presents an original performance inspired by early twentieth century European cabaret culture, a playfully irreverent and experimental variety show that invites audiences into a world where gender is fluid and open for interpretation.  Actors, singers, dancers, and, of course, a mysterious master of ceremonies will use the stage as a playground for constructing identity, exploring and shattering stereotypes, charming and alarming old and young alike.  "It's only a cabaret, old chum, and I love a cabaret."

Audition Information

Fred Coe Artist-in-Residence Program

The Fred Coe Artist-in-Residence Series brings theatre professionals to Vanderbilt to perform, direct plays, teach classes, and contribute to departmental productions in a variety of ways. It provides students with direct exposure to professional theatre artists from all areas of theatrical practice.

ROMEO AND JULIET, by William Shakespeare
Performed by Actors from the London Stage
February 25 @ 2pm and 8pm

A five person troupe made up of London actors will be in residence at Vanderbilt for a week, visiting classes and holding workshops. The week will culminate with their presentation of this classic tale of "star crossed lovers."

A Performance, Lecture, and Rant
Presented by Tim Miller
March 1 @ 4:10pm

Hailed for his humor and passion, Miller's solo performances have been seen all over the world. He is the author of SHIRTS & SKINS, BODY BLOWS, and 1000 BEDS. His theatre texts are published in the collections O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance (1998) and Sharing the Delirium - Second Generation AIDS Plays and Performances (1993).

Student Productions

Throughout the academic year, there are opportunities for student directors, actors, designers, and technicians to collaborate on performances that supplement the department’s four mainstage productions. The First Year Showcase, directed and designed by upperclass VUTheatre students, is cast from the incoming first year class. The annual 24-Hour Production is an opportunity for VUTheatre students to write, stage, and perform new plays in a single day and night. The Senior Seminar, a capstone course, culminates in an original devised work developed and performed by graduating senior majors at the end of the academic year. The Fred Coe Playwright in Residence program offers students a chance to learn from and collaborate with professional playwrights on readings and performances.

CLASS OF 2020 SHOWCASE Directed by Josh Golombek, Senior Theatre Major
November 30 and December 1 @ Noon, November 30 @ 8pm 

One act plays featuring incoming students to Vanderbilt University Theatre, directed and designed by current Theatre students.

Directed by Benjamin Kitchens and Hannah Lazarz, Senior Theatre Majors
April 6, 7, 8 @ 8pm


One act plays features the directing, design, and performances of current Vanderbilt students. 


The Man Who Came to Dinner