Theatre

The Department of Theatre is a vibrant community of students, staff, and faculty, guided by values of generosity, integrity, respect, and rigor. As a hub for Creative Practice Research, we are dedicated to theatre and performance both as a living art and as an interdisciplinary system of inquiry.

A Northeastern Theatre education aligns collaborative theatre-making (production, design, and performance) with academic study and practice-based research. Our students develop a rich foundation for meaningful and prosperous careers through experiential learning.

 

We are committed to the ongoing pursuit of intersectional social and racial justice.

 

We incorporate diverse methodologies, approaches, and measures of success.

 

While we engage with the moment in which we live, we are constantly evolving, learning, and adapting.

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Shaping a new generation of theatre artists

Meet some of our extraordinary students who are forging innovative ways to explore theatre at the heart of their interdisciplinary interests:

 

2021 – 2022 PRODUCTIONS

Our 2021 – 2022 Production Program has completed.  We had an amazing year returning to live in-person theatre and we are so grateful to everyone who joined us this year.  We are in the process of planning the productions for 2022-2023; please stay tuned for more information.

Watch this Video of the Scene Shop’s work January thru April 2022

Learn more about our Production Program from 2021-2022

PUBLICATIONS

Assistant Professor Dani Snyder-Young has completed her newest publication.

PRIVILEDGED SPECTATORSHIP:  Theatrical Interventions in White Supremacy

An examination of the ways whiteness impacts theatrical events, as well as tactics to create pedagogical—rather than complacent—spaces

From Northwestern University Press:

Many professional theater artists attempt to use live performances in formal theater spaces to disrupt racism and create a more equitable society. Privileged Spectatorship: Theatrical Interventions in White Supremacy examines the impact of such projects, looking at how and why they do and do not intervene in white supremacy. I this incisive study, Dani Snyder-Young examines audience responses to a range of theatrical events that focus on race-related conflict or racial identity in the contemporary United States. The audiences for these performances, produced at mainstream not-for-profit professional theaters in major American cities in 2013–18, reflect dominant patterns of theater attendance: the majority of spectators are older, affluent, white, and describe themselves as politically progressive. Snyder-Young studies the ways these audience members consume the stories of racialized others and analyzes how different artistic, organizational, and programmatic strategies can (or cannot) mitigate white privilege.

This book is essential reading for scholars and students of theater, performance studies, and critical ethnic studies and for theater practitioners interested in equity and inclusion.

“Through a rich set of case studies, Privileged Spectatorship explores the power of American theatrical performance to interrupt the enduring strength of white supremacy. Dani Snyder-Young insightfully examines how such productions about race actively engage white spectators in ways that are at times transformative. Seeking to decolonize the white gaze, this book foregrounds the existence of white privilege and racism as it considers theatrical practices that might disrupt them. Accordingly, this is a work not only of theater criticism but also of theater activism that should appeal to theater scholars, practitioners, and spectators across the color lines.”

—Harry J. Elam Jr., author of The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson

Watch Dani Snyder-Young discuss her book with Department Chair Antonio Ocampo-Guzman and Majors Anna Birnholz, Hannah Levinson, and Maren Flessen.

At Northeastern, no two student experiences are alike. You choose a personalized path of rich diverse academic, cultural and professional experiences.

Students learn year-round through a personalized path of rich diverse academic, cultural and professional experiences. The chart below is just one example of a four year plan at CAMD. Speak with your advisor to determine a plan that works for you.