Theatre

Our mission is to provide a transformative education that aligns performance and production with academic inquiry and professional experience as we engage our global society through the living art of theatre.

The Department of Theatre is a community dedicated to creativity, collaboration, and excellence—and committed to the values of generosity, integrity, respect, and rigor—all in the pursuit of innovative ways to see, investigate, and make theatre for a new generation.

Through extensive production and performance experiences and working in professional theatre environments on co-op, students develop a deep understanding of the skills and artistry needed to create the foundation of a meaningful career.

 

These are our commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion:

Developed April 2020

 

COMMUNITY AND GENEROSITY

We commit to fostering conversations, exchanges, and experiences that empower, spark, and challenge us to think and act responsibly and empathetically among our artistic community at Northeastern University, in Greater Boston, and beyond.

ENGAGEMENT AND COLLABORATION

We commit to deconstructing the existing barriers of exclusion to motivate and uplift; we will foster relationships across cultural boundaries to facilitate an inclusive and accessible artistic community at Northeastern University, in Greater Boston, and beyond.

CREATIVITY AND RIGOR

We commit to looking beyond received wisdom to intentionally engage with high quality and dynamic works, to ask hard questions about the world, our source materials, and who we are as people through creative exploration and self-expression.

RESPECT

We commit to acknowledging and embracing the unique identities of each and every member of our community; we promise to treat each other as equals, regardless of our differences, and to choose humanity in the face of conflict.

INTEGRITY

We commit to creating a diverse community where any individual can speak freely and honestly; we aim to recognize and use our privilege to advocate for underrepresented voices at Northeastern University, in Greater Boston, and beyond.

 

RESOURCES

as of October 15, 2020

 

Organization Websites

 

Resource Lists

 

Articles

 

Books

(as many print copies are sold out, consider the audible versions)

 

Films

  • 13th on Netflix

 

Podcasts

  • 1619
  • Still Processing
  • Sawbones

 

Inclusive Casting

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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:

 

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.

2020 – 2021 Production Program CURRENT & UPCOMING

Deferred Poster

DEFERRED (An Episodic Radio Play)

Created & Directed by Pascale Florestal

Written by Grace Campbell, Riley Cohen, Allegra D’Virgilio, Pascale Florestal,
Kate Kelly, Ames Noble, Rayan Perera, Adam Regenstreif, and Liddy Wade

 

NOW Streaming on Spotify, Apple Podcasts & Podbean

An auditory theatrical experience in collaboration with Northeastern’s Radio Station WRBB 104.9fm.

Inspired by Langston Hughes poem Harlem and Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”, Deferred is an episodic radio play that follows the residents and staff of 20 Sahara Drive. A community rocked by a tragic loss and deadly virus leaving their lives and dreams changed forever. What happens when your dream is deferred? How do you move forward?

 

To learn more about productions visit our 2020 – 2021 Productions page.

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.