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A New Summer Theatre Program - Sharing a Glimpse

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Join us for a glimpse of a special summer experience. Founded by Chairperson and Professor of Theatre Omar Sangare and designed in collaboration with Williamstown Theatre Festival and the esteemed Black Theatre United, the program offered a revitalized platform for sharing performances that reach new horizons as a way to reflect the progressive values that take center stage today. The central mission of this program is to provide students with a platform for the expression of their diverse voices and identities.

The program featured Bianca Arce '24, Emma Casey '23, Cindy Ge '23, Katelyn Harris '22, Ivana Mensah-Agyekum '23, Casey Monteiro '24, Mati Rogers '24, Will Titus '23, and Edward Wolfson '23. Our team of advisors, comprising Molly Clifford, Amanda Keating, Clyde Engle, Quinn Franzen, Rachel Lin, Madeline Seidman, Marek Probosz, and Jahna Feron-Smith, have been paired with students. The Luminary Series features Lynn Nottage, Saheem Ali, Lisa Dawn Cave, Clint Ramos, and The Telsey Office.

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We persevered through one of the greatest health crises in history, and we moved forward by exploring possibilities with classes for the camera, radio dramas, digital shows, and senior theses, all performed and shared digitally. This year we are reclaiming our physical spaces: for classes, rehearsals, performances and presentations — all held in person. We offer classes on theory and practice, and will be putting together new theatre productions — including:

THEA 101 The Art of Playing
THEA 201 Worldbuilding for Theatre
THEA 203 Why we put on Masks
THEA 218 Ritual, Pattern and Intuition
THEA 229 Modern Drama
THEA 233 Theatre Masters
THEA 246 Asian American Performance
THEA 252 Stop Making Sense
THEA 254 Physical Voice & Acting
THEA 253 Shakespeare Alone Together
THEA 301 Embodied Archives
THEA 339 Introduction to Dramaturgy

“Yerma” by Federico García Lorca in Fall ‘21
"Exit the King" by Eugène Ionesco in Spring ‘22

After the times of isolation, now is the time for collaboration — join us!

Omar Sangare, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Theatre

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2021/2022 Season brochure

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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.