Nebraska Wesleyan University
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At Nebraska Wesleyan, the stage is your laboratory. You’ll learn more at NWU because you’ll experience every aspect of life in theatre. NWU Theatre produces 40+ shows running on 200 nights each year. Compare that to the production schedules at other schools. NWU faculty direct as many as 14 productions each year, including three to four musicals, Shakespeare and classic to modern dramas. And NWU students direct, write and produce an additional 20 or more plays annually. Get onstage sooner. All these opportunities mean you’ll perform during your first year. And you’ll hone more skills. Design costumes. Build sets. Learn makeup and lighting and directing and choreography. Be part of something big. Our experience-based approach draws 100 theatre majors from coast to coast. NWU Theatre is one of the largest and most diverse departments on campus. When it comes to building your experience on and off the stage, NWU Theatre outperforms everyone.
Notable Alumni Include:
Faculty Info: Jay Chipman, Ph.D., S.D.C., Rebecca Armstrong, Talea Bloch, Josh Brauer, Carson Cerney, Sasha Dobson, M.F.A., Brendan Greene-Walsh, M.F.A., Ryan Kathman, M.F.A., A.E.A., Joan Korte, M.F.A., Anne McAlexander, Courtney Ring, Scott Shomaker, Dylan Spilinek, Julie Wilshusen, M.A., Kate A Demoret, B.F.A.
BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING at Capitol City Theater (Nebraska)
November 12, 2020
While scrolling on Facebook one day, I came across a post from a theater offering a streamed production of Spring Awakening. As I am a hardcore fan of the show, my interest was piqued. Then, I saw a post from a person involved with the theater asking if anyone in the Philly area would provide a review. Given I haven't written a theater review in oh, let's say, eight months, to do so would give me a brief moment of normalcy.
VIDEO: Blixt Locally Grown Performs Virtual Short Play CAPTAIN SOAPMAN, Written by Nebraska Wesleyan University Student
June 08, 2020
CAPTAIN SOAPMAN is a new play, released virtually, that provides hope and humor to children and their families during the current pandemic.
Blixt Locally Grown Utilizes New Play CAPTAIN SOAPMAN To Empower Children During Covid-19
May 14, 2020
Blixt Locally Grown utilizes new play CAPTAIN SOAPMAN to empower children during Covid-19
BWW Review: A Rocking Good Time with AMERICAN IDIOT at Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre
February 22, 2020
Photo Flash: Take a Look at Photos From MERRILEE MANNERLY: A MAGNIFICENT NEW MUSICAL
December 06, 2019
Merrilee Mannerly: A Magnificent New Musical is now in performances at Playhouse on Park (244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT) through December 15. Following the Playhouse on Park production, Merrilee Mannerly: A Magnificent New Musical will play an open-ended run in New York City, opening in the spring of 2020.
Casting Has Been Announced for MERRILEE MANNERLY – A MAGNIFICENT NEW MUSICAL at Playhouse on Park
November 13, 2019
MERRILEE MANNERLY - A MAGNIFICENT NEW MUSICAL will run at Playhouse on Park from December 6-15. Sensory Friendly Performances will be on Friday, December 6 at 9:30am and Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am. Following the Playhouse on Park production, MERRILEE MANNERLY - A MAGNIFICENT NEW MUSICAL will play an open-ended run in New York City, opening in the spring of 2020.
Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre Will Present NOW. HERE. THIS.
November 09, 2019
The relationships of four funny friends will be on exhibit at the natural history museum and on the Miller Theatre stage when Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre performs a?oeNow. Here. This.a?? a?oeNow. Here. Thisa?? is an experimental musical exploring life's big questions with inimitable humor and humanity. The show explores birds, bees, reptiles, early man, ancient civilizations, outer space, loneliness, friendship, living and dying, and more.
BWW Review: Left Curiously Emotional by THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME at Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre
April 09, 2019
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME at Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre is a fascinating production that I would go see again.
NWU Theatre Professor To Stage ONE HAM MANLET
February 11, 2019
A Nebraska Wesleyan University theatre professor and alumnus will return to the stage to portray 20 characters in 90 minutes in his play, "One-Ham Manlet."
BWW Review: XANADU: THE MUSICAL is Zany Fun at Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre
February 11, 2019
If you want to spend 90 minutes with good music, bad rollerskating, and silly fun, this is for you.
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 12/7
December 07, 2018
BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature COME FROM AWAY, ANNIE, MAMMA MIA and More!
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! Wins it All at Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre
November 30, 2018
Thursday night's opening of MAMMA MIA! at Nebraska Wesleyan's McDonald Theatre was a party in the Greek Isles. The extremely enthusiastic crowd of mostly college aged people vociferously approved this romp through ABBA's memorable music. Chest booming laughter, screams, and hoots resounded through the house. But it was all good... because it is all good.
BWW Review: COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN at Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre
November 12, 2018
Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre takes us back and forth between 1955 and 1975 to the Five and Dime in McCarthy, Texas. The Disciples of Jimmy Dean are meeting to commemorate his untimely death in a car crash. Instead of contributing any new Jimmy Dean memorabilia to their collection, they uncover secrets long kept and truths about themselves.
BWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre and the Power of Words
October 30, 2018
Nebraska Wesleyan University's gender blind production of JULIUS CAESAR is running for one more weekend. It is yet another quality production by the NWU theatre department. I am constantly impressed with their vision, their implementation, and their overall excellence. These actors are being trained well in their art. The performance is powerful...a word too weak in its description.