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May 1, 2021: Check out the amazing performance by Barrier-Free Theatre and the KSU Drama Therapy Program.

July 24, 2020: SMTD Reopening Committee Announces Fall Reopening Guidelines

For season updates, read K-State MTD production season adjusts to mix-media performances, Sept. 4, 2020.

Theatre Program

The theatre program at Kansas State University offers a solid liberal arts education and extensive production opportunities while you pursue a B.A. or B.S. degree. Learn more about our different areas of study for Bachelor's degree programs.

Our faculty are dedicated teachers and professionals who are devoted to helping you develop skills in numerous areas of theatre, including performance, production, and scholarship.

The program trains you for professional internships or graduate study and allows you to enter immediately into the professional arena or to pursue other exiting career options.

The training experience is enhanced by visiting professionals and alums who are currently working in performing arts fields such as acting, directing, design, stage management.

Once you decide that K-State Theatre is the program for you, be sure to apply for a theatre scholarship for freshman and transfer students. These talent-based scholarships are available in all areas of theatre.

"Why K-State Theatre?"

"The reason I chose K-State... is the opportunities."

Current and former KSU theatre students answer the question "Why K-State Theatre?" in a video by theatre alum Sterling Oliver '20.

K-State Theatre's 2020-2021 Season--Spring 2021 Podcasts

KTW

Release date: Feb. 25, 2021

JAZZ DISTRICT by Logan Stacer

Directed by Darrington Clark. A co-production with Ebony Theatre. 

 

In the spirit of its historic namesake, JAZZ DISTRICT celebrates the past of Kansas City’s 18th & Vine while putting it face-to-face with a story of its future. During a COVID-induced gap year, Langston, a young artist, must decide whether his next steps will be in the direction of higher education or helping run his Grandfather's plant shop. Between cypers with shrubbery and family fallout, we unpack what it means be young, Black, and have a choice.

This is Logan Myles Stacer's debut play. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Opera A Night of Arias

Release Date: March 18, 2021

A NIGHT OF ARIAS

Directed by Dr. Reginald Pittman

The Opera production this semester is a Concert of Arias, Duets, and Trios. 22 singers will be performing highlights from the operatic repertoire. Selections will be from The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, Hansel & Gretel, The Tales of Hoffmann, Die Fledermaus, and many more. 

In Process

Release Date: April 29, 2021

IN PROCESS will feature scenes and musical selections from works created by 4 K-State alumni: Blake Cordell, Charissa Bertels, Tim Aumiller and Alex Wakim. Each piece is very creative,unique and still in process. Some have had readings, some are still in the works, some have won awards and a couple have even been workshopped here at K-State.

INN-DEPENDENT
Book, music and lyrics by Blake Cordell

In this present-day homage to the musicals of the 40s, there are bouncy tunes, tap-dancing and the high stakes of losing a family business surrounding a boy meets boy love story. Blake Cordell wanted to portray a world where the queer romantic core was accepted and not the battle to be fought much like the Mickey and Judy movie musicals.

THE UNCIVIL ONES
Book and lyrics by Christian Duhamel Additional book by Charissa Bertels Music by Ayomi Okada

Three strong, independent females seek to find their place in the male dominated society of the Civil War. High drama and a blue-grass/Appalachian-inspired score combine to explore themes of freedom, equality, and intersectional feminism featuring the historical figures Dr. Mary Walker, the only female to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor; Mary Jane Richards Bowser, a Union spy during the Civil War and Jennie (Levi) Hook, a trans male who fights for the Union.

THE YEAR AFTER
By Tim Aumiller and Scott Schneider

A quintet of New Yorkers confront the realities of seeking love, losing love and enduring relationships in a time of personal and political chaos in 2017, the year after.

AN AMERICAN IN BEIRUT
Music and Lyrics by Alex Wakim Book by Chantal Bilodeau Original Concept developed with Jonah Kirkhart

It is the story of a first-generation Lebanese-American who returns to Beirut to uncover the stories of the past and explore what it means to live in two different cultural worlds while also dealing with a budding romance.

Styx

Release date: May 6, 2021

STUDENT NEW WORKS written and directed by Ian Boyd-Duncan and Meghan McGehee

Styx by Ian Boyd-Duncan

A spa. A lifetime. A river. When Oakley, a young person on the verge of a major crossroads in life takes a float therapy trip to meditate, they begin to navigate a rushing stream of memories and life paths with a mysterious fisherman named Ron, who has seen the world under a unique perspective. Together, they attempt to navigate the river of life in the new short play Styx by Ian Boyd-Duncan

Hate The Player by Meghan McGehee

 

 

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