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Pina Bausch Dancers

Performing artists Pablo Aran Gimeno and Jorge Puerta Armenta will visit Williams College to share their inspiring work and professional expertise with our students. More »

A Room That Pretends to be Another Room

Theatre students apply theory to the creative process with Professor David Evans Morris. More »

David Levine in the house!

A peak into tech weekend for the workshop of "The Duchess of Malfi". (Conceived and Directed by David Levine, Designed by Marsha Ginsberg) More »

Kristen Anderson-Lopez '94 Wins Oscar

A theatre and psychology major at Williams, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez have won an Oscar for “Let It Go” from FROZEN. More »

Life of Pie

10 students document their month of pie-making in this Theatre-sponsored Winter Study. More »

Cabaret, old chum!

Young alumni help bring the pre-war world of 1930s Germany to life. More »

Buildings That Teach: The Costume Shop

Buildings That Teach is an ongoing series that explores how the space around us plays a role in teaching and learning at Williams. More »

The Summer Theatre Lab

Collaboration is the name of the game with Satori Group and the Lab. More »

The Detail is in the Design

Cate McCrea ’13 brings something special to theater set design. More »

Acting at Williams

Williams students study acting and learn how to present themselves in the world. More »
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The department works to create many varieties and levels of student involvement, including traditional classroom interactions; advanced work in acting, design, directing, and scholarship; and mentored relationships with faculty and guest artists.

The department of theatre at Williams combines artistic practice with scholarly inquiry, inspiring students to engage simultaneously in craft and context, creativity and critical thinking. Believing that students learn by doing, we strive to create situations where the unique talents of each can coexist with mentorship and expert artistic guidance. Students who follow appropriate course sequences, and who demonstrate sufficient ability in their work, are encouraged to engage in projects that require a high level of responsibility and skill development.

The department works to create many varieties and levels of student involvement, including traditional classroom interactions; advanced work in acting, design, directing, and scholarship; and mentored relationships with faculty and guest artists. Students create and learn alongside accomplished theatre artists. Many are also granted opportunities to explore their own visions and to exercise their own developing skills through independent projects and self-produced performance.

Taking chances and risking failure intensify learning. In our department we create a safe forum in which students are free to experiment and critically examine the results. Although students will be equipped to proceed to graduate and professional schools in theatre, the major is primarily directed toward those interested in studying theatre as an interpretive and communicative tool, and finally as an artistic phenomenon.