Theatre Program

The 2017-2018 Season

November 9-12, Black Box Theatre


Seven (2007), conceived by Carol Mack and written by seven award-winning playwrights (Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz) is a ground-breaking work of documentary theatre that captures the remarkable lives of a diverse and courageous group of women leaders around the world.

The play is based on personal interviews with seven women in the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network who have triumphed over enormous obstacles to bring about major changes in their home countries: in Russia, protecting women from domestic violence; in Cambodia, rescuing girls from human trafficking; in Guatemala, giving voice to the poor; in Afghanistan, empowering rural women; in Nigeria and Pakistan, fighting for women’s education and rights; and in Northern Ireland, promoting peace and equality.

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March 1-4, Black Box Theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2004) has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Tickets for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be available in January 2018.


Theatre Overview

The Department of Theatre at Concordia University Texas encourages students to explore such topics as the relationship between theatre and community, theatre as a tool for social change, and the myriad ways in which theatre helps us to understand what it is to be human.

From their first year, our students get hands-on experience in the classroom and in production, developing leadership, collaboration, and artistic skills. We present two main stage productions a year, the fall play aligned with the Service Learning Week theme. Participation in production is open to all students and can be taken for academic credit.

The Theatre Minor (18 credits)

ENG 3302 Drama (3)

ENG 3323 Shakespeare (3)

THEA 2322 Theatre for Social Change (3)

THEA 3321 Theatre Practicum (3)

THEA 3322 Acting: Scene Study and Improvisation (3)

THEA 2301 Experience of Drama OR ENG 3307 Drama at Stratford (3)

Learning Environment

As a student, you will learn about theatre within the context of an excellent Liberal Arts education. Class sizes are small enough for students to receive individualized attention and training, to work in close collaboration with faculty and other students, and to create their own opportunities based on their specific interests.


Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon, Director of the School of Fine Arts (Ph.D Theatre, University of Georgia; MA Directing, Emerson College; MS Organizational Leadership and Ethics, St. Edward's University; BA Theatre, Ohio Wesleyan University)

Gordon has taught at Brevard College, UNC-Greensboro, UT-Dallas, and Ohio University. She earned a certificate from the Management Development Institute of Harvard's Graduate School of Education, and has studied at Piven Theatre in Chicago, La Mama's International Symposium for Directors in Umbria, Italy, and is a trained mediator. Her writing has appeared in Theatre History Studies, Lighting Dimensions, The Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, The Dallas Morning News, Ecumenica, and The Encyclopedia of Motherhood. In 2009, she was awarded the Robert A. Schanke Theatre Research Award by the Mid-America Theatre Conference. In 2012, The American Theatre and Drama Society recognized her work with The Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Award. She is the granddaughter of actor Eddie Bracken. During her four years at Concordia University Texas, she has directed Doubt, by John Patrick Stanley, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged, Revised), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, The Container, by Clare Booth,The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl, The Exonerated, by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, Antigone, by Sophocles, Bocn, by Lisa Loomer, and Permanent Collection, by Thomas Gibbons.

Guest Artists

Yi-Tai Chung (Lighting Designer/Black Box Technical Manager) is a lighting designer for the performing arts. Chung received his M.F.A. in Design and Technology at The University of Texas at Austin. His recent lighting designs include Twelfth Night, Lost Girl (Texas Theatre and Dance), and Momentum (Dance Repertory Theatre). His opera lighting design Dialogues of the Carmelites (Butler Opera Center) has been selected for World Stage Design 2017 Exhibition Finalists. To see his work, please visit:


Michael Krauss (Set Designer/TD) is a native to North Carolina where he received his BFA in Theatre Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009). Upon graduating he worked in the Durham County Schools district as a Technical Theatre Educator before pursuing his MFA at the University of Texas at Austin in Scenic Design (2016). During this time he designed several productions with UT and other companies including: The Pillowman, Fame! The Musical, Refugia (in collaboration with The Moving Company), Enter a Woman, Pretty Enough  and Three Decembers/At The Statue of Venus (UT Butler Opera Theatre). Since graduating, he has continued to work in the community through Butler Opera Theatre (Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi) and the ZACH Theatre as a scenic designer for Charlotte's Web, JJ's Arcade (ZACH/Teatro Vivo), and Tuna Christmas, as well as working productions on crews (Mary Poppins, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and A Christmas Carol), and designing the regional tour of Greater Tuna(directed by playwright Jaston Williams). He recently worked in the Art Department as a Production Assistant on National Geographic's The Long Road Home. He is currently working on Tuna Christmas (ZACH), Seven (Concordia), and Leonard Bernstein's Mass (The Long Center).


Andrew Anderson (Technical Director, SEVEN): was born in Mexico City, from an American father and a Panamanian mother.  After brief stints in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica, the family settled in Texas.  A passionate and creative mother, balanced with an engineer father, spawned an artful and inventive personality; thus, Anderson explored the arts at a young age, ultimately winning Best of Show in his school district art show.  He continued to pursue his love of the arts at The University of Texas in Austin, where he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and sculpture.  Following school, he has had numerous exhibitions and has placed works in the collections of the University of Central Florida, University of Binghamton, Mexic-Arte Museum, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and numerous private collections all over the world.  His creative pursuits have also spread to designing and fabricating exhibits for museums, galleries and theater productions in Austin, TX, where he currently lives with his wife of 11years.


Jessi Rose (Costumer, SEVEN) is pursuing an MFA in Design and Technology, with an emphasis in Costume Design, at The University of Texas at Austin. Rose began her study of Dress after receiving a BA in Anthropology. The universal human practices of dressing the body and communicating through dress continue to fascinate her and fuel her passion. Recent design credits include: DRT Momentum (UT Dance), Around the World in 80 Days (Penfold Theatre), and June (UT Film). 

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