American Shakespeare Center’s ‘Antigone’ Makes a Splash at Strider Theater

On Wednesday, October 10, the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) brought their touring production of Sophocles’ Antigone to the Strider Theater Stage. The Department was excited to welcome the ASC, a theater group with which the Department has a long and successful history of hosting productions. Antigone was a moving, splendid production that left a nearly sold-out audience enthralled. Thank you...

Professor Bess Welden Interviewed by Portland Stage on her upcoming ‘Refuge Malja’

  Colby Theater and Dance Teaching Artist Bess Welden gave an interview for Portland Stage Company (PSC) on the upcoming world premiere of her play Refuge*Malja, running at Portland Stage from October 30 to November 18. In her interview, conducted by PSC Directing & Dramaturgy Intern Jae-Yeon Joo, Welden discussed her creative process in conceptualizing her play, her...

‘Ten Hairy Legs’ Master Class and Performance comes to Colby

Celebrating the artistry of the male dancer, the all-male dance company 10 Hairy Legs gave a master class and performed excerpts of recent exclusive commissions and curated works by Raja Feather Kelly, Al Blackstone, Yin Yue, Doug Elkins and Christopher Williams. They also spoke with students and members of the  Colby community about their creative process and about embodying...

Colby Theater and Dance welcomes the National Theater Institute (NTI)

On Thursday September 27, Carrigan O’Brian, Program Representative for The National Theater Institute (NTI), visited the Colby College Department of Theater and Dance to offer students a workshop entitled ‘Dive Into Devising,’ an introduction into some theories of devising, and to have an info session about the wonderful opportunities NTI offers students. An informative and...

Accademia Dell’arte Comes to Colby

On September 26, Colby Theater and Dance had the privilege of hosting two Master Classes devoted to dance and physical theater, brought to us by the Tuscany-based Accademia Dell’Arte. Students got the opportunity to move, explore, and learn about both Contemporary Dance as taught by the Laban-Bartnief Institute as well as Physical Theatre & Mask...

Steven Strafford’s ‘Methtacular’ Kicks Off Theater and Dance 2018-2019 Season

On Monday, September 17th, writer/performer Steven Strafford visited Colby College’s campus to present his one-person show Methtacular at Strider Theater. Methtacular! is the brutally honest story of Strafford’s three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Utilizing a range of media including live music, audience interaction, and video footage of family members recounting their relationship with...

Thomas Oldham presents at ASTR Conference

Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Oldham will present at the American Society for Theatre Research’s annual conference in Atlanta, GA, on November 16-19. His paper is titled “Why Violence? Towards a Poetics of Violence for the 21st Century.” Tom’s research involves onstage representation of violence and the theoretical paradigms that can be used to address it.

Bess Welden’s “Not Always Happy” Performs in Portland

Bess Welden has collaborated with Kari Wagner-Peck over the last two and a half years to create Not Always Happy, a collection of 13 hilarious and heart-breaking true-life tales about finding, raising, and loving the mighty Thorin, who lives with Down Syndrome. The premiere, a full production, runs November 8-12 at 7:00 PM in Portland Stage’s Studio Series. For...