Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Music and Theater Arts Department - Theater Arts Program
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The program in Theater Arts at MIT invites students to explore theater as a contemporary artistic practice within an intellectually rich continuum of traditions in the performing arts. We teach theater arts as a mode of inquiry into self and society with the conviction that such inquiries become the vehicle for a transformation of one or both. Interdisciplinary in its philosophy and humanist at its core, the program in theater arts is committed to a rigorous and innovative course of study across a diverse spectrum of creative forms. Theater Arts offers a wide range of courses in the theoretical and applied practical aspects of theater: acting, performance studies, voice, movement, performance media, script analysis, playwriting, directing, and an array of courses in design and scenography. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the necessary artistic, technical, and intellectual skills along with opportunities to apply their knowledge in the studio, on stage, and on screen. Classes offered by MIT’s renowned faculty and staff are supplemented by the Artist-in-Residence Program, which brings artists of international repute to MIT to work with students in classes, workshops, and productions. Each individually tailored course of study offers students the opportunity to pursue the Concentration in Theater Arts; the Minor in the Theater Arts; and the Major in Theater Arts. The Major advisor is Prof. Janet Sonenberg, the Minor advisor is Professor Claire Conceison, the Transfer Credit Advisor is Professor Jay Scheib, and the Concentration advisor is Senior Lecturer Ken Urban.
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Composer Sid Richardson Releases BORNE BY A WIND
February 12, 2021
In this debut portrait album, Richardson explores the convergence of music and literature in gritty and original ways, opening with Red Wind (2017), a collaboration with African-American experimentalist poet and National Book Award-winner Nathaniel Mackey that features Mackey as narrator.
Composer Sid Richardson Releases 'Borne By A Wind'
January 05, 2021
On Friday, February 12, 2021, Boston-born composer Sid Richardson releases Borne by a Wind on New Focus Recordings.
Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Gus Solomons Jr and Abdel R. Salaam Conclude The American Dance Guild Virtual Festival
December 10, 2020
Reaching into its archival treasure trove of rarely seen recordings of past events, The American Dance Guild continues their virtual offering 10 Years Over 10 Weeks, a rich collection of video performances of honorees and guest artists over the last ten years of ADG Performance Festivals.
New Repertory Theatre Adds Nine Diverse New Members to the Board of Directors
December 02, 2020
New Repertory Theatre has added ten fantastic new members to its Board of Directors. Working alongside New Rep's Anti-Racism Action Plan, which states that board will be comprised of 50% members of color by July 2023, members who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color now account for 33.3% of the board.
Paul Pryce To Direct HB's Hagen Core Training
December 02, 2020
HB Studio—one of New York's original institutions for theater training and practice—has appointed Paul Pryce as director of its annual acting intensive, the Hagen Core Training program. The program, which was rescheduled amid safety concerns, will now be held online with a hybrid training option, beginning Jan. 4.
Shefik Returns As Official Judge For 5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards
November 27, 2020
Media personality and technology maven Shefik (https://shefik.info) returns as an official judge for the 5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards (https://shortyawards.com), where he served alongside a panel of esteemed judges. This is the third consecutive year that Shefik has been named a judge for the competition.
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale Announces Four New Board Members
October 15, 2020
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale has announced the appointment of Ming Chan, Suzi Cordish, Barbara Fosco and Joan Levien Robertson to its Board of Governors.
The Dance Rising Collective Presents DANCE RISING: NYC
September 24, 2020
The Dance Rising Collective, a new collective of artists and administrators created in partnership with Kinesis Project dance theatre, The Field as fiscal sponsor and advised by Lucy Sexton of New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, presents Dance Rising: NYC, a hyper-local dance out across all five boroughs October 1 and 3 from 5:00-5:30pm.
Long Beach Opera Announces Three Programs For Fall 2020
September 16, 2020
While the Covid-19 pandemic has shuttered many performing arts organizations around the world, Long Beach Opera (LBO) has been industriously devising live innovative performance opportunities for both its artists and audiences.
DRIVING WHILE BLACK Will Air on PBS
September 04, 2020
This week, PBS announced DRIVING WHILE BLACK: RACE, SPACE AND MOBILITY IN AMERICA – a ground-breaking, two-hour documentary film by acclaimed historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy–winning director Ric Burns – will air on PBS on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).
Mary Testa, Zoë Winters and More Join MIT Music And Theater Arts' Third Annual PLAYWRIGHTS LAB
September 04, 2020
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Music and Theater Arts (MTA) has announced the third annual Playwrights Lab, September 18-October 3, 2020. This virtual festival of eight staged readings brings together MIT students and professional theatre artists to showcase new works by the student writers in the Playwrights Lab workshop.
DRIVING WHILE BLACK Will Air on PBS Oct. 13
August 31, 2020
PBS announced today DRIVING WHILE BLACK: RACE, SPACE AND MOBILITY IN AMERICA – a ground-breaking, two-hour documentary film by acclaimed historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy–winning director Ric Burns – will air on PBS on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Black Public Media Announces Deadline Extension for 2020 MIT OpenDocLab and BPMplus Fellowship
August 20, 2020
Black Public Media, the Harlem-based nonprofit media organization dedicated to creating and producing media content about the Black experience, has announced a deadline extension for the 2020 MIT OpenDocLab and BPMplus Fellowship.
Trinity Rep Elects New Board Chair and Trustees
June 18, 2020
At its Annual Meeting on June 15, 2020, Trinity Repertory Company's Board of Trustees elected new officers and three new trustees for terms beginning July 1. Succeeding Suzanne Magaziner, who served as Chair of the Board since 2014, Louis Giancola, the retired President and CEO of South County Health, was elected to a three-year term as Chair.
African-American Shakespeare Company Welcomes Colman Domingo As First Guest Of New Online Talkback Series
June 16, 2020
The African-American Shakespeare Company debuts its new online series of talk-backs in a format remiscent of The Actor's Studio with James Lipton.