Theatre

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Suzanne Burgoyne, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri, has given a $1 million estate gift to MU to create the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research in the Department of Theatre in the MU College of Arts and Science. The new center will expand opportunities to use theater techniques as active learning strategies in a number of disciplines and industries.

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

After Antigone’s brother is killed in a battle for succession to the throne of Thebes, her uncle, the new king, declares that her brother's body shall not be buried as punishment for his dissent. Antigone is faced with an impossible decision. What is more important: loyalty to the state, or to honor a fallen hero?

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After Antigone’s brother is killed in a battle for succession to the throne of Thebes, her uncle, the new king, declares that her brother's body shall not be buried as punishment for his dissent. Antigone is faced with an impossible decision. What is more important: loyalty to the state, or to honor a fallen hero?

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2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many outstanding alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the quality of life for humankind, and in doing so have reflected well on the College of Arts and Science.


Major Garrett
BA ’84 political science, BJ ’84

One or more annual awards shall be given to doctoral students enrolled in theater.

WHAT: The University of Missouri School of Music, the Department of Theatre and the Department of Art will host the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase, “The Jefferson Era,” to be held on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

Two College of Arts and Science faculty members and a graduate student in theater have received awards for instruction in writing-intensive courses. The Campus Writing Program presented the awards to Assistant Teaching Professor Gabriel Fried in the Department of English, Curators Professor of Music Michael Budds, and Department of Theatre graduate student Sarah Senff during a ceremony at the Celebration of Teaching Awards breakfast at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Politicians have been a ripe target for humorists for generations. Mark Twain, for example, quipped that “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” Will Rogers once said, "There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you." As long as we have had political representatives, we have had people making fun of them. Television, however, took the art of spoofing politicians to a whole new level.

To recognize outstanding graduate student achievement in the scholarly investigation of women's contributions to theater and performance. Recipients shall be MA or PhD students in theater. Check with department for details on submission materials required.

University Concert Series Presents the Chancellor's Arts Showcase: Celebrating Shakespeare in the Arts, April 11 at 7:30 p.m., at the Missouri Theatre, 203 South Ninth Street, Columbia, Missouri.

Chancellor's Arts poster

 

Every year, the MU School of Music holds a special Chancellor’s Concert in the spring, but this year the event will look different. It has been transformed into an arts showcase and will include the Department of Theatre and the Department of Art as well. The event is being held on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, and it will include selected works from the Jeffersonian era.

From her office on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building, Professor of Theatre Cheryl Black can open the rear panels on the bottom of her wall-to-wall bookshelf and peer out onto the stage of the Rhynsburger Theatre. In fact, her office, now filled with books, scripts and stage props, once belonged to Professor Donovan Rhynsburger, the namesake of MU’s principal theater for dramatic productions.

Tickets On Sale July 24, 2015 at Noon

Tickets On Sale July 24, 2015 at Noon

comedies in concert

Comedies in Concert, directed by David Crespy

comedies in concert

Comedies in Concert, directed by David Crespy

One or more annual scholarship awards shall be given to undergraduate students majoring in theater with a design /technical area of emphasis. Recipients shall have a demonstrated financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

One or more annual awards to worthy students enrolled in the fine arts. The recipient may be a graduate or undergraduate who is worthy and deserving, has a good academic record, and exhibits initiative and integrity. The award rotates between art, music, and theatre.

Using the stage name Lacretta Nicole, University of Missouri-Columbia alumna Lacretta Ross, BA Interdisciplinary Studies '03, has landed the role of Levora in the new Broadway musical comedy DISASTER!

Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, the musical, which is currently in previews, blends disco with the popular disaster film genre of the 1970s. Ross will make her Broadway debut when DISASTER! opens at the Nederlander Theatre on March 8, 2016.

Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka

directed by Carrie Winship

  • Telling One’s Story/Autobiography and Health Issues 
  • Bess Truman’s “Independence” as a First Lady

A trilogy of one-woman plays, which started with a devastating diagnosis, led Dr. Heather Carver to understand the power of humor in supporting health.

Booby Hatch, a Hysterical Musicale premieres on March 2, 2016 at the Corner Playhouse, on the MU campus, in Columbia, MO. It is the third in a comedic, autobiographical trilogy about Carver’s experiences as a breast cancer patient and survivor of over ten years. 

A musical rock concert that tells the tale of the rise and fall of a transgendered East German rock star. The show originated off-Broadway in 1998, and is currently playing to great acclaim on Broadway in a Tony Award-winning production; Hedwig has been portrayed by such stars such as Neil Patrick Harris, Michael C. Hall, Taye Diggs, and Darren Criss. Bring an open mind and we’ll take a walk on the wild side!

Expenditures may include, but not be limited to, scholarships for student performers in musical theater.

Awarded to full-time theater performance majors; minimum 2.5 GPA required.

To provide one or more annual awards to doctoral students who are presenting at the national conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. The awards shall be used to assist with travel expenses to the conference.

To benefit the production of new plays and to encourage new writers.

Mizzou New Play Series
Artistic Director, Dr. David Crespy
7:30 pm: February 9-13
2:00 pm: February 14
Corner Playhouse, tickets at the door on first come basis $5

new play series

This year we are honored to have won a Gold Medallion from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V. Come and see what all the excitement is about as these newborn plays emerge from MU Theatre's Writing for Performance Program.

Artistic Director, Dr. David Crespy

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Officials from the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative have awarded two MU students, one faculty member, one staff member and a program with the 2015 Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award.

by William Shakespeare
directed by Kevin Brown

The MU Department of Theatre’s Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research will play a crucial role in a study to determine whether an interactive theater intervention can improve adherence to lymphedema self-management regimens.

Join us at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus for a Rock 'n' Roll adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing." The play has been adapted by Patricia Downey and Cheryl Black and is directed by Black. Tickets are available at the Rhysnburger Theatre box office or at the Missouri Theatre box office.

Join us at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus for a Rock 'n' Roll adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing." The play has been adapted by Patricia Downey and Cheryl Black and is directed by Black. Tickets are available at the Rhysnburger Theatre box office or at the Missouri Theatre box office.

Join us Nov. 11-14 at the Rhynsburger Theatre for "Want's Unwisht Work," by Kirk Wood Bromley. This madcap off-off-Broadway play is directed by David Crespy and features a Nov. 15 matinee performance at 2 p.m.

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Completing an agreement signed in 2011, the University of Missouri and the Missouri Symphony Society announced today that MU has purchased the Missouri Theatre for $3.7 million. Acquiring the Missouri Theatre will save the university an estimated $57.8 million in future construction costs. Additionally, the Missouri Symphony Society will continue to use the venue for offices and performances.

musical revue

Musical Revue - directed by Chris Oliver with musical director Audra Sergel 

musical revue

Musical Revue - directed by Chris Oliver with musical director Audra Sergel 

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sam Hamra, a native of Springfield, Missouri, has given $100,000 to the University of Missouri to help fund the planning, design and construction of the proposed new School of Music building on the MU campus in honor of his wife, June.

Tickets: $24 Floor/Balcony 2, $30 Floor/Balcony 1
How to Buy Tickets: Ticketmaster

One or more annual scholarship to students in the Department of Theatre.

Annual award(s) made to deserving students who are in financial need. These students shall be of good character and demonstrate high scholastic aptitude. Rotates between art, theatre, and music.

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, directed by Joy Powell.

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, directed by Joy Powell.

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, directed by Joy Powell.

Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, directed by Joy Powell.

Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, directed by Joy Powell.

The MU Theatre Department's Summer Repertory presents, "Crimes of the Heart," the heartwarming and darkly comic story of three sisters reuniting at the old family home after an abusive husband is shot. Written by Beth Henley and directed by Cat Gleason, the play will run from June 24-July 1 at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus. 

Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Tuna, Texas's third smallest town, and the upstanding citizens who call it home. Tour-de-force performances by Matt Salzburg and Jean Tartiere bring this eclectic band of characters to life as they wrestle with small town life the Tuna way, because the more things change everywhere else, the more Tuna stays the same. The play is written by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, and directed by Dr. David M. White.

Join Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Becky Thatcher in the greatest summer adventure ever told in this imaginative, highly theatrical, music-filled adaptation of Mark Twain’s incomparable classic. Featuring the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the cold shivers that linger after an adventure gone wrong, and the unbridled joy at discovering real buried treasure, this story is for anyone who has ever been a kid and celebrates all that is glorious about childhood.

Funds shall be used for the unrestricted support for the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research in the Department of Theatre.

Tickets: $10.00 Adult, $5.00 Youth
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Tickets: $26 Floor/Balcony 2, $32 Floor/Balcony 1
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Awarded to female theater majors with a GPA of 2.6 or better on a scale of 4.0 and significant contributions to the department through participation in theatrical productions. 

Larry Dale Clark, dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Science and professor emeritus of theatre, passed away in December at age 82 in Columbia, Missouri.

Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project

directed by Dr. Cat Gleason

Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project

directed by Dr. Cat Gleason

Laramie Project

The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, directed by Cat Gleason

Cheryl Black, professor of acting, theater history, and dramaturgy has always loved theater. She enjoys studying the history and theory of theater just as much as she relishes any opportunity to actively participate in a play. Her role as a leader in the field was recently affirmed when she was named a fellow of the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC).  

Awarded to theater majors with 75 semester hours and extensive involvement as an actor in the production program; minimum 2.6 GPA required.

Provides support to promote professional growth among students by stimulating oportunities for teaching, research, and service that will elevate individuals to higher levels of achievement. Special consideration shall be given to providing support for students such as assistance for the purchase of text books.

Vanya and Sonia have never left their childhood Bucks County home. A surprise visit from their Hollywood-actress sister, Masha, and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, sends their world spinning. Add to that a whacky, prophesizing Cassandra, Snow White, a dwarf or two, and welcome to the intoxicating lunacy of Christopher Durang’s loony Chekhovian comedy.

By Christopher Durang
Directed by David Crespy

charlie brown

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown - music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, book by John Gordon, directed by Dr. Cat Gleason

charlie brown

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown - music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, book by John Gordon, directed by Dr. Cat Gleason

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