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...

Panel on Taming of the Shrew

Yet Another “Nasty Woman”: Subverting Narrative in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew A performance of a scene and song from the Department of Theater & Dance’s upcoming production of The *Annotated* Taming: Or, Out of the Saddle, Into the Dirt, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, followed by a discussion....

John Ervin Designs ‘The Revolutionists’ for The Public Theatre

Theater & Dance Technical Director John Ervin is the Set Designer and Scenic Artist for The Public Theatre’s production of The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson in Lewiston, Maine.  The show runs from October 20-29.  More info and a brief teaser video can be found at: http://www.thepublictheatre.org/this-season/2017-18-season-schedule/event/2017-18/the-revolutionists

DeathWings Residency

Dept. of Theater and Dance Teaching Artist Bess Welden and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Toby Vera Bercovici are leading a three-day residency to explore Welden’s play Death Wings. Participants include Colby students Kelsey Book, Sunny Dangui, Katie Monteleone, and Kaylee Pomelow, as well as professional performers Jeannine Haas, Dana Legawiec, Myka Plunkett,...

Annie Kloppenberg Performs in Washington DC and Elsewhere

Associate Professor Annie Kloppenberg works researches performance from the inside and out. This fall she will be performing in “Mid-Tide” (tentative title/work-in-progress), an ongoing. multi-year research process choreographed by Lisa Race (Associate Professor of Dance, Connecticut College) with fellow performer/collaborators Rachel Boggia (Associate Professor of Dance, Bates College) and Kendra Portier (MFA Candidate, University of...