Concordia University Theatre has established a tradition of producing classical and contemporary works that fulfill Aristotle's greatest charge: "To teach and to entertain." We are dedicated to staging plays and musicals that provoke critical thinking, expand cultural awareness, and inspire empathy within audiences that make up our community in Austin, Central Texas, and beyond.
Take a look back through the main-stage productions of the past few years and check out our current season[KG1].
2020: An Anthology Project
Directed by: Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon
In August of 2020, a collaborative ensemble of students was created with the goal of discovering ways to create theatrical performance under pandemic conditions. The ensemble has studied improvisation, Moment Work, Viewpoints, Newspaper Theatre, and other devising methods, as well as radio drama. We have titled the resulting group of projects 2020: An Anthology Project. Though guided by a director, the choice of projects to share with the public is student-driven and based on what the ensemble is most excited to perform. So far, these projects are:
The Suffragist Project
In honor of the 100th anniversary of women in the United States legally exercising their right to vote for the first time, we are creating five short video performances of five important suffragette speeches. The speeches will be posted on social media with the purpose of educating viewers and encouraging them to vote.
Susan B. Anthony: Rachel Schelen
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Tyler Stark
Carrie Chapman Catt: Grace Nemec
Jean Brooks-Greenleaf: Ruby Ollis
Nellie McClung: Madeline Silvestro
Videographer: Matthew Brooks
Hair and Make-up: Keierra Collins
Murder-ween: An Evening of Spooky, Vintage Radio Plays
Friday, October 30, at 9 pm
The shows will premiere on the official CTX Theatre YouTube channel.
Director: Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon
Audio Engineer/Sound Consultant: Smokey Westerfeld
Announcer: Tyler Stark
Host: Preston Galban
Sound: Madeline Silvestro
Keyboard: Nathan Lazenberry
Lipton Lady: Emily Sandler
The Dead Laugh, first presented by the Inner Sanctum Mysteries Show on CBS in 1946.
Spencer: Christian Garza
Judge Thornton, Nathaniel Fomby
Laura Thornton: Rachel Schelen
Margaret Cummings: Keke Collins
Dr. Fletcher: Ana Lara
Police Officer: Madeline Silvestro
The Masque of Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe and adapted by George Lowthar. Originally presented by CBS Radio Mystery Theatre.
Radio Announcer: Nathan Lazenberry
Milo: Isaiah Mueller
Jack: Preston Galban
Dorine: Ember Marshall
Floss: Kendra Theimer
Magda: Ruby Ollis
A Devised Work: Title and Dates TBD
“In the theatre we reach out and touch the past through literature, history and memory so that we might receive and relive significant and relevant human qualities in the present and then pass them on to future generations.” - Anne Bogart
The events of Spring 2020, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests around the world, have forever changed the course of human history and raised important questions about empathy, freedom, history, leadership and, in our country, what it means to be an American. This year, in a devised theatre project unprecedented by Concordia University Texas theatre, members of our community--students, alumni, faculty, and staff—will collectively create a theatre piece that responds to the events of the past several months.
Collective creation, or devised theatre, is a method of theater-making in which an ensemble creates a performance through collaborative, improvisatory work. The ensemble will explore the historic events of 2020 using images, memories, interviews, and news and social media, with the goal of developing a collaborative work to be performed as a staged reading in Spring 2021.
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Little Shop of Horrors, Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
A Moment of Silence, by Mohammad Yaghoubi
Tartuffe, by Moliere
SEVEN, 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
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss
The Way of Water, by Caridad Svich
An Enemy of the People, by Henrich Ibsen
Bocon, by Lisa Loomer
Permanent Collection, by Thomas Gibbons
Antigone, by Sophocles
The Exonerated, by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen
The Container, by Clare Bayley
The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl
Doubt, by John Patrick Shanley
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged [Revised], by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield