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Department of Theatre and Dance

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Our students shine on stage and behind the scenes. Come see the many ways that the university's theatre and dance performances enhance the arts scene in Columbia, South Carolina and the Midlands.

2022-2023 Theatre Season

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream  

October 2 & 8-9, 2022

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Originally Directed for the Stage by Victor Malana Maog
Directed by Devin Haqq

Shakespeare Festival Stage

Experience the enchantment of The Bard in the open air setting of our brand new outdoor venue, the Shakespeare Festival Stage! This new touring stage made its national debut this summer at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, where it served as the set for the Folger Theatre’s critically-lauded production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Now, it’s coming home to campus, where our talented student actors will take on the same timeless tale of magic, mix-ups and mayhem under the direction of guest artist Devin Haqq.

Small Mouth Sounds

Small Mouth Sounds

November 11-18, 2022

Written by Bess Wohl
Directed by Cat Thomas

Longstreet Theatre

"Small Mouth Sounds" contains adult situations and content that is not suitable for children.

This production utilizes theatrical haze and strobe effects.

A 2016 Critics’ Pick (New York Times, Time Out), Bess Wohl’s hit off-Broadway play is a unique theatrical experience that will leave you “moved, refreshed and even enlightened” (New York Times). Set at a meditation retreat in a secluded forest, six strangers take a week-long respite from the noise of modern day society with an added vow of complete silence. Guided by an unseen guru, we embark with them on an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking journey that asks, “How do we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us?”

10 Minute Play Festival

10 Minute Play Festival

February 23-26, 2023

Directed by Theatre Performance Faculty

Lab Theatre

It will still be winter outside, but in the Lab Theatre we’ll be all about the shorts -- short plays, that is! Enjoy a fast-paced evening of laughter, heartbreak and everything in between as we present a collection of 10-minute plays, each directed by a different member of our theatre performance faculty. “A ten-minute play is a streak of theatrical lightning. It doesn’t last long, but its power can stand your hair on end.” (Take Ten, Vintage Books)

The Light

The Light

March 16-19, 2023

Written by Loy Webb
Directed by Ibi Owolabi

Lab Theatre

Recipient of Chicago’s Jefferson Award for Best Play in 2018, The Light is a visceral, real-time roller coaster ride that sees a loving relationship rocked by secrets from the past. When we are introduced to Genesis and Rashad, it’s during the romantic high of a heartfelt marriage proposal. The happy plans are suddenly derailed, however, by an accusation of sexual assault that threatens to rip apart their bond of love and trust. “...the #MeToo play you didn’t know you wanted, but that you need to see.” — Nylon

Contains mature content that is not appropriate for children.


Little Shop of Horrors

April 7-14, 2023

Book by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith

Directed by Jessica Francis Fichter
Associate Directed by Abigail McNeely
Music Direction by Ayush Joshi
Choreography by Kim Ball

Drayton Hall Theatre

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Contains mature content that is not appropriate for children.




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