Honky Tonk Musical in Houston Showcases MSU Scene Design

A new musical opening in Houston, Texas, at Stages Repertory Theatre features scenic design by Michigan State University Professor of Scene Design Kirk Domer and Department of Theatre student Michael Gault (BFA Theatre Design ’20). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, performances will be live-streamed Nov. 10-15, giving audiences in Michigan and around the world an opportunity to see what typically can only be seen by an in-person audience.  Honky Tonk Laundry, written and created…

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MSU Musical Theatre Students Workshop New Show Virtually

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, in partnership with the Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity, will premiere “Medusa: A New Musical Development Documentary” as part of the annual ĭmáGen program. Virtual screenings of the documentary will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m.  The film, affectionately referred to by its…

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Department of Theatre Announces Fall 2020 Experimental Season

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre announces an experimental season for Fall 2020, rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion, and public discourse. While conventional stage performances had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Theatre has built a slate of nontraditional performative exchanges to showcase the work of its students and faculty. By making use of experimental practices,…

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MSU Takes Academic Lead in Emerging Field of Intimacy Direction

In 2018, the Huffington Post described intimacy directing as “an emerging field in which a small group of professionals are pushing to develop standards and procedures for scenes involving physical intimacy in the wake of a public reckoning with sexual misconduct throughout the entertainment industry.” That same year, Michigan State University's Department of Theatre hired Alexis Black as Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement, in part,…

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MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre Season Postponed, Online Activities Offered

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre’s 2020 Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) season has been postponed. The entire season will move to June 2021, but the Department of Theatre will offer some online activities for all to enjoy remotely this summer. This decision comes as a result of the announcement made by MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., to continue virtual-only courses for…

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MSU Summer Circle Turns 60!

Michigan State University is celebrating its 60th year of presenting free, accessible theatre during the month of June. Since 1960, the Michigan State University Department of Theatre has heralded the unofficial start of summer with its Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) program, using the talents of MSU students, professional artists, and community members to offer free theatre to mid-Michigan audiences.  Each year, the…

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Theatre Department Combats Gender Inequity with Big Ten Initiative

(PLEASE NOTE: The performance dates for Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder have been postponed. Please call 1.800.WHARTON to receive a refund or hold on to your tickets for rescheduled dates when they are announced. If you have any questions, please call 1.800.WHARTON.) Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is staging the latest production to be commissioned by the Big Ten Theatre Consortium,…

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Theatre Department Takes ‘The Gun Show’ on the Road Around the State

(PLEASE NOTE: Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak and in the interest of public safety, the Wednesday, March 18, performance of The Gun Show that was scheduled for the Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery in Detroit has been canceled.) The Michigan premiere production of The Gun Show, a non-partisan play about guns and America’s gun culture, is set to take center stage…

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Inspiration Drawn from Detroit for ‘Into the Woods’ Production

MSU is giving the Tony Award-winning fairytale-themed musical Into the Woods a creative re-imagining designed to resonate with mid-Michigan audiences. Inspiration for the set and costumes came from images of Detroit in the 1930s. The Michigan State University Department of Theatre production of Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine runs for 10 performances February 14-23 in the MSU Auditorium building’s Fairchild Theatre.

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