All events are free and open to the public.

Music and Performance, Theater, and Dance departments collaboration

Project Broadway

Music Director, Dr. Wee Kiat Chia
Scenography Lead, Jim Thurston

Friday, February 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m.
Strider Theater

photo by Kyle Head on Unsplash
This collaboration between the Music and Performance, Theater, and Dance departments features students from the JanPlan Musical Theater Workshop course performing musical theater’s greatest hits!


Colby Dance Company and Portland Ballet Collaboration: An Uncommon Accord

Co-directors, Annie Kloppenberg and Nell Shipman

Portland Performance: 

Friday, February 3rd at 7:30pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center

photo by Jason Dixson Photography
Portland Ballet and Colby College Department of Performance, Theater, and Dance collaborate to bring to life an evening of work featuring an expanded company of dancers.  Joining forces again after their celebrated partnership in 2018, this performance will thrill classical and contemporary fans alike. Featuring a new work, based on research conducted with Colby students in Fall 2022 by Associate Professor and Chair, Annie Kloppenberg and a performance by Visiting Assistant Professor, Matthew Cumbie.

This event is being held in Portland. Check back soon to learn how the Colby Community can reserve free tickets.


Fringe Festival

Saturday, April 15 – Saturday, April 29, 2023 at various locations to be announced



Farewell to Strider: A Hybrid Current Student/Alumni Show and Alum Gathering  An event to say goodbye to the beloved theater space on the weekend of the 46th anniversary of its dedication.

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by John D. Ervin

Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

Esteemed playwright Sarah Ruhl has reimagined this classic myth from a feminist perspective, giving the title character the power to control her own fate, except Eurydice has just died on her wedding day, and having been dipped in the river Styx, no longer remembers the people she loves most.  Somehow, she must choose between eternity in the Underworld with her birth family, or returning to Earth, for a second chance at life with the family she hopes to establish. This is a story about looking back while moving forward, and couldn’t be a more perfect play for the last-ever performance in Strider Theater.




A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2022
at 7:30 p.m., Strider Theater

photo by Christopher Duggan Contemporary dance company A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, considered “one of the most consistently excellent troupes working today” (The New York Times), provides multifaceted performances, educational programming, and community-based workshops across the globe. Led by acclaimed Choreographer and Artistic Director Kyle Abraham’s innovative vision, the work of A.I.M is galvanized by Black culture and history, and grounded in a conglomeration of unique perspectives; described by Abraham as a “post-modern gumbo” of movement exploration. A.I.M is one of the most active touring dance companies in the United States, with an audience base as diverse as A.I.M’s movement vocabulary, drawing inspiration from a multitude of sources and dance styles. Since A.I.M’s founding in 2006, Abraham has created more than 15 original works for and with the company. To expand its repertoire and offer a breadth of dance work to audiences, A.I.M commissions new works and performs existing works by outside choreographers, such as Trisha Brown, Bebe Miller, Andrea Miller, and current A.I.M dancer Keerati Jinakunwiphat. Kyle Abraham’s unique vision and illumination of poignant and relevant issues set him apart from his generation of choreographers as a leading creative force in dance. A.I.M extends this vision and amplifies surrounding artistic voices to share movement and community-based work with audiences around the world. This performance at Colby features the dance pieces: Big Rings, The Quiet Dance, Bebe Miller’s Rain (Company Premiere), and Our Indigo: If We Were a Love Song.


Government and Performance, Theater, and Dance departments presents

Audience by Václav Havel

Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

photo by Jonathan Slaff Audience, performed by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, is a new production of Vaclav Havel’s classic autobiographical play. Featuring live actors and traditional marionettes, the one-act play follows Ferdinand Vanek, a distinguished playwright forced to work in a brewery because his writings have been banned by the Communist regime. This production is presented in conjunction with Havel and Our Crisis: An International Conference of Scholars and Leaders at Colby.

“About the ‘Vanek Principle'” -Review by Beate Hein Bennett and “Václav Havel’s Audience; A masterful production experienced simultaneously in three ways.” -Review by Karen Bardash

Read the reviews here!


Colby Theater Company: Haunting Hour

featuring short plays by Sarah Fiete, Hollie Pryor, and Bess Welden
Co-directed by Tess Van Horn and Bess Welden

Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

Coming this fall, a theatrical event of chilling proportions arrives on campus: Haunting Hour, a craftily curated collection of short plays just in time to usher in Halloween 2022. An intrepid ensemble of Colby student performers will bring alive an evening of contemporary and classic stories ranging from spine-tingling to silly, delightful to dastardly disturbing in Mayflower Hill’s most paranormally-active edifice, Runnals/Strider Theater. Co-directed by Performance, Theater & Dance faculty Bess Welden and visiting artist Tess van Horn. (This evening of scary stories may not be suitable for young children.)


Performance, Theater and Dance department presents

Portland Ballet: Giselle

Friday, November 4, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

photo by Lissy Thomas

Portland Ballet brings Giselle, a story of love and betrayal, life and death, vengeance and forgiveness, to Colby. Follow the story, as passionately told by the dancers of Portland Ballet, of the peasant girl, Giselle, as she falls in love with the nobleman, Albrecht, whose betrayal condemns her to the unearthly realm of the Wilis. This beloved romantic ballet, set to music by Adam, has withstood the test of time as one of ballet’s predominant works to showcase the power of storytelling through ballet.

Colby Dance Company: Break, Burn, Build

Artistic Director, Matthew Cumbie

Friday, November 18, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Strider Theater

photo by Melissa Blackall Photography

Student dancers perform in a mixed repertory concert featuring new works directed by faculty, students, and guest artists. Professor Matthew Cumbie will lead the annual first-year dance project, open to any interested student performers in their first semester at Colby. The student choreographers in TD355, Applied Choreography will each create new works, mentored by Professor Cumbie, and guest artists.