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The Department of Theatre educates and trains students in the fields of performance, design / technology, and theatre pedagogy. The department provides students with the professional and cultural foundations essential for achieving the highest standards of the art of theatre. Our faculty and alumni practice their craft as artists locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. They work on the stage, in TV and films, author books in their disciplines, and hold elected offices in some of the nation’s most prestigious organizations. Collectively, the faculty and staff pride themselves on their ability to help you bridge the gap between life as a student and life as a professional beyond VCU.
Notable Alumni Include: J. J. Johnson, Damon W. Arrington, Stefan Sittig, Ali Dizikes, Kymberly Lavigne, Melissa Chanselle–Hary, Linden Taylor, Francesca DeLutis, Aaron Holland, Brad Brubaker, Tiza Garland, Laura Marie Sullivan, Monica Dionysiou, Frank Alfano, Richard Sautter, Chanelle Vigue, Diego Vllada, Gabrielle Couchon, Gerron Atkinson
Faculty Info: Kikau Alvaro, Aaron D. Anderson, Ph.D., Michelle Anderson, Dorie Barton, Bonnie Brady, Andrew Bryce, Elizabeth Byland, Anne Chapman, Jeff Darland, Virginia Donnell, Ashley Grantham, Danielle Hartman, Erica Hughes, Vanessa Jackson, Keith Byron Kirk, Karen Kopryanski, Xiaolin Lan, Happy Mahaney, Amber Martinez, Bonnie McCoy, Shaun McCracken, Kevin McGranahan, Elyssa Mersdorf, Sarah Moore, Dr. Jesse Njus, Sharon Ott, Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Ph.D., Kendra Rai, Chris Raintree, Lisa Rumbauskas, Neno Russell, Wes Seals, Anthony Smith, Emily Tappan, David Emerson Toney, Thomas Vecchione, Bryan Wade.
11th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival To Be Presented Virtually, Free And Open To The Public
January 19, 2021
The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) announces its 11th annual showcase of over 20 free local and national films. Many films are hosted by like-minded organizations. Two films are of particular interest to youth: 'Microplastic Madness' and 'Frozen Obsession.' Award-winning Virginian films will be shown on February 14, 2021.
Valerie David Presents The Pink Hulk Forums: Thought Leader Discussions and Resources
October 14, 2020
In honor of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, three-time cancer survivor Valerie David has created The Pink Hulk Forums, a new series of discussions with thought leaders who are superheroes in their fields.
Menuhin Festival On Violin Channel & Livestream Of Valentina Peleggi With Richmond Symphony Announced
October 13, 2020
The Violin Channel joins forces with the Menuhin Competition, the world's leading international competition for young violinists, and the Richmond Symphony, co-host of the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021, to present a two-day festival in anticipation of the 2021 Competition to take place May 13-23 in Richmond VA.
Yale School of Drama Announces New and Promoted Faculty for 2020–21 Academic Year
September 30, 2020
Yale School of Drama, the only graduate-level professional conservatory in the English-speaking world to offer training in every theatrical discipline, announces newly promoted and newly appointed faculty members, effective for the 2020-21 academic year.
1st Stage Announces New Commission Of Solo Work From Brilliant Playwrights And Creators
September 24, 2020
During this uncertain time for the nation and the arts community, 1st Stage remains committed to creating diverse, modern work by leading playwrights and performers. Despite the prolonged theatre closure necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company delights in bringing you the same quality of beautiful, emotional, relatable stories that you could have otherwise seen on our stage.
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.
Kiyan Williams's NOTES ON DIGGING Premieres Sunday, July 12
July 06, 2020
Artist Kiyan Williams premieres their new project Notes on Digging as the seventh commission of The Shed's Up Close online series on Sunday, July 12 at 6 pm EST on The Shed's IGTV channel on Instagram (@theshedny).
MOCA To Host Virtual Conversations With Award-Winning Journalists Carl Juste And Leonard Pitts, Jr., 7/8
July 01, 2020
Reaffirming its commitment to make contemporary art accessible, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is pleased to feature two Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize winners a?" photojournalist Carl Juste and columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. a?" as part of its free, virtual a?oeConversations at MOCAa?? series on July 8. The two will be discussing a?oeI am a Man,a?? Juste's newly installed public artwork on the MOCA Plaza.
School Of The Arts Announces Appointments To Program Heads
June 30, 2020
Northern Kentucky University has appointed new program heads for its School of the Arts (SOTA).
Turning Social Distancing Into Creative Connecting: A Virtual Networking Event
May 15, 2020
Spark your creativity and be inspired during this time of shelter in place. Participate in the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) ArtsBergen initiative's Connect the Dots series first virtual networking event, Turning Social Distancing Into Creative Connecting. Meet and be inspired by artists, community members, business owners, and municipal leaders in this free virtual event on Thursday, June 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
PBS Announces American Masters Documentary on Marian Anderson
May 13, 2020
Today, THIRTEEN's American Masters series and Philip Gittelman Productions, in association with Black Public Media, announced a new documentary on contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993) in production for PBS.
Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 Rescheduled as 'Richmond 2021'
May 11, 2020
The Menuhin Competition, often called “The Olympics of the Violin,” was scheduled to bring the best young violinists in the world to Richmond, VA this month, but in March, organizers were forced to reschedule the international event due to COVID-19.
The College Showcase Must Go On (Virtually!) - Students From West Georgia, Shenandoah, Howard, and More!
May 10, 2020
We've been compiling showcase videos from college seniors all around the country. Although their performances were cancelled, the show must go on-- virtually! This entry features Students From West Georgia, Shenandoah, Howard, and More!
Virginia Repertory Theatre Presents August Wilson's FENCES
January 30, 2020
This Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama will be presented at Virginia Rep's November Theatre (114 West Broad Street) beginning February 7th, 2020 with two preview performances on Wednesday, February 5th and Thursday, February 6th. August Wilson's powerful masterwork will be onstage through March 1st. Fences is presented as part of the Acts of Faith Festival.
Vivian Fung's Trumpet Concerto Will Receive World Premiere By Erie Philharmonic And Mary Elizabeth Bowden
January 28, 2020
On Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 8:00pm, the Erie Philharmonic gives the world premiere of JUNO Award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung's Trumpet Concerto featuring acclaimed trumpet soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden. Led by Music Director Daniel Meyer, the concert also includes Verdi's Ballet Music from Macbeth, Debussy's Three Transcriptions for Trumpet and Orchestra, and Dvořák's Symphony No. 8.