Listen. Risk. Hope. Nurture.

Theatre is a collaborative endeavor that cultivates empathy. This department upholds the idea that this can only happen when all people are treated equally, with respect and dignity, in an environment free from hostility and harassment. In our classrooms, production facilities, and work places we value students and artists of all abilities, races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, beliefs, and other expressions of identity. We encourage a diversity of ideas and points of view.

Violation of these core values will not be tolerated.

If you are willing to listen, to risk, to hope, and to nurture all people: You are welcome here.

2019-2020 Season

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Cosimo Sciortino

Performances: Oct 24 - 26; Oct 31 - Nov 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Suzanne von Liebig Theatre, Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts

Where do we draw the line between duty and loyalty? What happens when one’s love of country and love of friend don’t mix well? Join us as we “cry havoc” and wrestle with one of William Shakespeare’s most daunting tragedies.

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The Water Bearer

The Water Bearer

By Lana Boyd, Peter Rankin, and Cosimo Sciortino

Directed by Cosimo Sciortino

Performance: Feb 20 – 22; Feb 27 – 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Suzanne von Liebig Theatre, Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts

What if society didn't let you express yourself? This new play by Lana Boyd, Peter Rankin, and Cosimo Sciortino explores the ideas of challenging society to become your best self.

 

“I enjoy studying theatre because I love how I can dig deep into a character and bring their experiences, emotions, and thoughts to life. By infusing some of my story with their story, I can take the audience on a journey.”

—Rina Kirsch ’19
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A Distinct Experience

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Outcomes

It’s common that a student can graduate from Juniata with credits for 12 professionally-produced theatre productions. Their performances include stage combat, trapeze, mime, dance improvisation, and Chicago comedy improvisation. They also gain experience developing plays and acting for the camera.

    • Jessi Haggerty-Denison ‘14
    • is studying Aerial Dance and Skinner Releasing in Istanbul, Turkey, after which, she is spending the summer in New York City acting a a short feature film.
    • Jamison Monella ‘16
    • moved to New York City and performed in Drones, a play at Planet Connections Theater Festivity, which garnered recognition at the festivities award ceremony. He plans to continue his theatrical journey in New York.
    • Holly Souchack ‘16
    • moved to Chicago and enrolled in the music program at second city, and is performing with a political comedy sketch group called Democracy Burlesque.

Faculty

Our theatre professors have graced many stages across the world, and, in addition to holding minor roles on television and in film, they hold various certifications in technique, and are voiceover artists, poets, and directors.

“In my life, I am most passionate about theatre. It really gives me a chance to be creative and unique. Also, at Juniata, I have been provided with incredible opportunities to meet guest artists and to explore my own passions and theatrical abilities.”

Lewis Boob ’18

Student Opportunities

Study Abroad: At Juniata you can study at programs on every continent, except Antarctica. Recently, theatre students have visited Ireland and Paris, but many sites are well-suited to studying theatre abroad.

Train comprehensively, in-depth, and practically: Study and integrate any number of theatrical or ritual arts into your own work including movement, puppetry, mask, clowning, aerial dance, music, written forms, and multimedia. Nurture and perform new work.

Intern: Our theatre students have held internships across the nation at places like Shuler Theatre in Raton, N.M., Wolf Trap Foundation in Washington, D.C., Battery Dance Company in New York City, and South Park Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pa.