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2022-23 Season

MainStage Productions

Spring 2023

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Chuck Smith, Coe Artist-in-Residence
Co-production with Fisk University
Pulitzer Prize Winner - 2017

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. — Dramatists Play Service

This production is the first ever joint production of a play by VUTheatre and Fisk University. Chuck Smith of Chicago's Goodman Theatre will direct the production. It will feature a cast and crew from both universities. The first weekend's performances will be at Fisk's Little Theate; the second weekend's performances will be in Vanderbilt's Neely Auditorium. 

April 7, 8, 9 at Fisk Little Theatre (April 7 and 8 at 7 pm, April 9 at 2 pm) Fisk University will be selling tickets at the door ONLY on a first-come first-serve basis.

April 13, 14, 15 at Neely Auditorium (All shows at 8 pm)

April 13 tickets:

April 14 tickets:

April 15 tickets:




Chuck Smith

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 annual 24-Hour Production is an opportunity for VUTheatre students to write, stage, and perform new plays in a single day and night.

Students from Playwriting and Screenwriting courses typically present work at the end of each semester.    

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. We are working to bring several theatre artists to campus in 2022-23.


The Man Who Came to Dinner