The Theatre POE

Juniata’s Theatre Program of Emphasis (POE) offers holistic preparation for theatre artists in the a  liberal arts environment. Students will experience broad based immersion in technical theatre skills, movement training, theatre history, studio acting courses and productions that focus on classical, modern and contemporary plays.  Unlike most university theatre departments with a large number of professors, our program has a small, permanent faculty of two, which is supplemented and enhanced by training through guest directors and other outside professionals, who are dedicated to in-depth training for our students in various skills over the course of four years. Stability and diversity characterize our program. Theatre students at Juniata graduate empowered with the knowledge, skills and connections to work in theatre and the performing arts as a professional in the industry. Our program offers opportunities for careers in theatre but also embraces a life long love of Theatre and its integration into a well-lived life. 

Listen. Risk. Hope. Nurture.

Theatre is a collaborative endeavor that cultivates empathy. This department upholds the idea that this can only happen when all people are treated equally, with respect and dignity, in an environment free from hostility and harassment.  In our classrooms, production facilities, and work places we value students and artists of all abilities, races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, beliefs, and other expressions of identity. We encourage a diversity of ideas and points of view.

Violation of these core values will not be tolerated.
If you are willing to listen, to risk, to hope, and to nurture all people:
You are welcome here.

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2018-2019 Season

 

Sensitive Guys

By MJ Kauffman
Directed by Leigh Hendrix

Performances: October 18, 20, 24-27 at 7:30 p.m.
Suzanne von Liebig Theatre

Will is a freshman at Watson College. Jordan is a senior film major. Tyler is writing a novel for his thesis. They are all members of the Men’s Peer Education group. At meetings they spend hours unpacking questions like: “what is male privilege? And what can we do about it?” They love each other and the group. Until some accusatory posters start appearing around campus suggesting that a member of the group committed sexual assault. Could it be that even sensitive guys, guys working on their privilege sometimes turn violent or aggressive? In this play women and gender non-conforming people play men trying to understand the intricacies of masculinity and violence.

 

A Christmas Carol: The Reading

By Charles Dickens
Directed by Neal Utterback

Performance: December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Stone Church of the Brethren

Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the power of love and compassion winning over cynicism and, well, bahumbuggism gets brought to life in a staged reading at Juniata College’s Halbritter Center for Performing Arts. This 90-minute holiday favorite, adapted by Mary Hausch, directed by Neal Utterback, and music direction by Jim Latten, features student, faculty and a few new guest stars that generously consented to lend their time and talents to this festive tradition! 

 

Silent Sky

By Charles Dickens
Directed by Neal Utterback

Performances: February 21-23, 28, and March 1-2 at 7:30 p.m.
Suzanne von Liebig Theatre
Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the power of love and compassion winning over cynicism and, well, bahumbuggism gets brought to life in a staged reading at Juniata College’s Halbritter Center for Performing Arts. This 90-minute holiday favorite, adapted by Mary Hausch, directed by Neal Utterback, and music direction by Jim Latten, features student, faculty and a few new guest stars that generously consented to lend their time and talents to this festive tradition! 

  

Mother Courage and Her Children

By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Chris Staley 

Performance: April 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Suzanne von Liebig Theatre

Widely considered one of the great dramatic creations of the modem stage, Mother Courage and Her Children is Bertolt Brecht’s most passionate and profound statement against war. Set in the seventeenth century, the play follows Anna Fierling (“Mother Courage”), an itinerant trader, as she pulls her wagon of wares and her children through the blood and carnage of Europe’s religious wars. Battered by hardships, brutality, and the degradation and death of her children, she ultimately finds herself alone with the one thing in which she truly believes—her ramshackle wagon with its tattered flag and freight of boots and brandy. Fitting herself in its harness, the old woman manages, with the last of her strength, to drag it onward to the next battle. In the enduring figure of Mother Courage, Bertolt Brecht has created one of the most extraordinary characters in literature.