Hip Hop Sampler

September 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

An exploration of the hip hop art form.


Making Space

Artistic Direction by Annie Kloppenberg
October 23-24 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

An evening of choreography by Annie Kloppenberg and students. Also on the bill is the ever-popular First Year Dance Piece and the inaugural First Year Theater Piece, directed by Will Bonney ’16.



By Lynne Conner
A staged reading featuring Maureen Butler, Kim Gordon and Abbie Killeen
November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

What makes a happy life? The fifty-year friendship of two concentration camp survivors is challenged by the death of a daughter and subsequent questions about the nature and mysteries of the human will. Nina is a journey into identity, loss, memory, and the power of female friendship.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities


Theater of War (Outside the Wire)

November 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Page Commons Room, Cotter Union

Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays (on this occasion, Sophocles’ Ajax) as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, their families, caregivers and communities. Using Sophocles’ plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the visible and invisible wounds of war on individuals, families and communities, these events are aimed at fostering understanding and compassion, while mobilizing citizens and resources to help improve the lives of service members, veterans, their families, and people in their communities. Each presentation is approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours in length. The readings from the plays are followed by a panel discussion featuring a diverse group of community members, as well as a town hall-style audience discussion.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement


Fall Theater Event

December 3-5 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

An evening of theater under the direction of an exciting guest artist.


Performing Human/Nature—Colby on Tour

Artistic Direction by Annie Kloppenberg
January 28-30 at 8:00 p.m., Danspace, New York City
February 5-6 at 7:30 p.m., On-Campus Workshops, Strider Theater

Fresh. Vibrant. Rigorous. Risky. Colby students have been applauded for the sophistication and contemporaneity of their work at national theater and dance conferences; Colby has been recognized as a “leader of the pack” in recognizing rigorous research arts praxis; and the reimagined curriculum of the Department of Theater and Dance focuses on hybridity and collaboration among more traditional training practices. This collaborative, faculty-directed project, in the true spirit of the liberal arts tradition, will call on students to apply knowledge built from multiple disciplines to creative research, will send students across campus to events pertaining to the Humanities theme, Human/Nature, and will demand full-bodied participation in the development of an original piece of dance theater that will be performed in an acclaimed NYC professional venue.


The New Works Festival

April 21-23 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

What does the future of live performance look like? Find out at the 2016 New Works Festival, where emerging playwrights, choreographers, actors, dancers, designers and stage technicians premiere new adventures in the dance+theater+design realm.  This year’s showcase also features a scene from Eat Cake, a “theatrical fantasia on famous words” by Theater and Dance faculty playwright/director Lynne Conner.

Season is subject to change.