Fall Semester Showcase

Photo by Marti Stone

Tuesday, December 7, 4:30 PM – 6 PM











Performing the Museum

Directed by Gwyneth Shanks

Performing the Museum offers an introduction to how museums work and offers students hands-on experience in both creating and curating artworks in the renowned, Colby Art Museum. Over the course of the semester, students will have a chance to work with artists Dread Scott, Mariana Valencia, and Anat Shinar.

To best understand museums, we’ll explore fields like critical race theory, queer studies, decolonial practice, activism, performance studies, art history, and institutional critique.


Thursday, Dec. 9, 2:30 — 4 PM
Opening Reception for the performance exhibit







Murmurations—An Original Performance

Artistic/Design Director Jim Thurston

Friday, April 8 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 9 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM











Collaboratively curated by Gwyneth Shanks and students

Students will experience choreography as an unfolding process, creative research, and a collaborative endeavor. They will demonstrate the fundamentals of theatrical production, communicate aesthetic ideas, and collaborate with artistic team colleagues.


Friday, April 29
Saturday, April 30









fringe Festival

Wednesday, April 27 – Saturday, May 7
Various Locations











Spring Semester Showcase

Tuesday, May 3, 4:30 – 6 PM



The Music of José Martínez

Choreography by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

Saturday, October 2, at 7 PM









MADELEINES by Bess Welden

Developmental workshop and public reading

Debra, a struggling food writer, has returned to her childhood home in Ohio’s rust belt to care for her declining mother Rose, an exacting cookie baker. When Jennifer, Debra’s very successful older sister, arrives for Rose’s funeral, shared memories and old sibling grievances boil to the surface. As the sisters confront their loss, a startling secret about their mother’s most-treasured Passover recipe emerges, which changes everything they thought they knew about their family. Three years later Debra returns triumphant to New York promoting her newly published cookbook-memoir to find Jennifer in a treacherous downward spiral. Spiced with poetry and smatterings of Yiddish and Spanish, MADELEINES tells the story of a family of Jewish women grappling with how to love each other through haunted pasts, shared grief, and the solace of baking together.

Saturday, October 2, 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM workshop/open rehearsal in Runnals
Sunday, October 3 at 3 PM, public reading
immediately followed by facilitated Critical Response Process
feedback session


Repertory Projects—Colby Dance Co.

The Colby Dance Company focuses on the development of diverse new works directed by faculty and guest artists presented in a shared program. The new works will span styles, this semester including Contemporary, Ballet, and Jazz. Students will experience a range of approaches to the creative process, will develop more range and sophistication in performance, and will be encouraged to embrace the opportunity to exercise agency in both process and in performance.

Sunday, October 24 at 2 PM
Monday, October 25 at 5:30 PM





Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde—Colby Theater Co.

by Moisés Kaufman

The upper classes of Victorian England, historic bastion of sexual propriety, would tolerate almost anything as long as they were not forced to confront it. But what happens when one of England’s most famous and beloved authors, Oscar Wilde, is publicly labeled a sodomite? Despite his notorious wit and considerable social privileges, even Wilde could not escape the conservative social morals and surveillance of the law. Within two years, Wilde went from literary lion and West End darling to convicted felon and ruined man. Using transcripts from the sensational trials, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials, Moisés Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde explores the individual courage and the societal hypocrisy that collided and colluded to bring about the downfall of the great man of letters whose artistic genius has long been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his conviction. In staging this play, we will interrogate how histories of surveillance and persecution live on in contemporary legal formations and relate to struggles for LGBTQ+ rights to this day.

Friday, November 19 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 21 at 2 PM