The Department of Theatre is dedicated to fostering and strengthening relationships with first-class guest artists and organizations in order to provide diverse educational opportunities for our students, while creating well-rounded theatre artists prepared to enter a competitive work field. Our guest artists have designed productions and mentored students, taught master classes and workshops, and appeared in our annual cabaret preparing the Music Theatre Performance majors for their New York showcase.
OUR GUESTS ARTISTS
The University Theatre is thrilled to hold a professional partnership with Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. Students in the Western Michigan University Theatre program travel to Chicago to learn first hand from the theater professionals in design, management and performance. Workshops are also held on campus with members of this Tony Award-winning company to enhance the classroom curriculum.
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The Tectonic Theater Project, the groundbreaking company that created The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife, and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, came to campus this year to collaborate with WMU Theatre students on creating a brand new play, Good Death, which explores the subject of death and dying with the Kalamazoo community. While on campus, Tectonic company members lead classes in Moment Work, their unique approach to playwriting and creating new work.[SlideDeck id='4273' width='100%' height='350px']
This is only a sampling of the quality and diversity we strive to bring to campus through our guest artist program.