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Theatre Program

  • Theatre Productions

    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.

  • 2021-22 Theatre Productions

    Fall 2021: "14" by José Casas

    About the Production

    Director: Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon

    Lighting Design: Kendra Wiley

    Performances:

    November 4-6 | 7:30 p.m. | Black Box Theater

    November 7 | 2 p.m. | Black Box Theater

    General Admission Per Person: $10

    Please Note:

    *Contains adult language

    *CTX Theatre will follow the  Concordia University Texas COVID protocols set forth at the time of the performances.

    Spring 2022: 'Til Death Do Us Part: A Vintage Radio Special

    Director and Audio Engineer: Smokey Westerfeld

    Live premiere on youtube: Monday, February 14, 8 pm https://bit.ly/3mp4aQL

    "The Bickersons" and "Fibber McGee and Molly" are vintage radio shows from America's Golden Age of Radio (1940s-50s), originally produced by NBC. Both were situation comedies, beloved by audiences, featuring recurring characters and themes. Blanche and John Bickerson were in constant marital strife, often centering around his snoring. Fibber McGee was known for his tall tales, to the exasperation of his wife, Molly. Be our Valentine’s Dates on youtube on Monday, February 14, at 8 pm, where you can interact with the cast while listening to the shows!

    Fine Arts Showcase

    Featuring performances from dance, music, and theatre.

    March 25-26 | 7:30 pm | Black Box Theatre

    *CTX Theatre will follow the Concordia University Texas COVID protocols set forth at the time of the performances.

  • Past Productions

    2020-21

    • "An Anthology Project"
    • "The Suffragist Project"
    • "Murder-Ween: An Evening of Spooky, Vintage Radio Plays"

    2019-20

    • "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" by Ann-Marie MacDonald
    • "Little Shop of Horrors," book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken

    2018-19

    • "A Moment of Silence" by Mohammad Yaghoubi
    • "Tartuffe" by Moliere

    2017-18

    • "SEVEN," conceived by Carol Mack, 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, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conveived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss

    2016-17

    • "The Way of the Water" by Caridad Svich
    • "An Enemy of the People" by Henrich Ibsen

    2015-16

    • "Bocon" by Lisa Loomer
    • "Permanent Collection" by Thomas Gibbons

    2014-15

    • "Antigone" by Sophocles
    • "The Exonerated" by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen

    2013-14

    • "The Container" by Clare Bayley
    • "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl

    2012-13

    • "Doubt" by John Patrick Shanley
    • "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged [Revised]" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
  • Guest Artists

    Past guest artists have included costume designers Cecelia Gay and Jessi Rose; lighting designers, Yi-Tai Chung, Kristin DuBois, Erin Fleming, and Mercedes McCleary; puppeteer, Kevin Long; and set designers, Bren Coombs, Sam Gonzalez, and Michael Krauss.

    2021-22 Guest Artists

    Kendra S. Wiley is the adjunct professor of theatre design and technology. Kendra holds an M.F.A. in lighting design from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Theatre and minor in dance from Samford University. Kendra has been involved in theatre and dance since the age of eleven, and brings additional experience in interactive lighting design, stage management, set design, dance teaching, sound design, projection design, and costuming. Recent lighting design credits include Disney’s Newsies (Brentwood Christian School, 2022), 14 (CTX, 2021), In the Ether (ARCOS Dance, 2021), and 12 Ophelias (UT Austin, 2019). In 2020, Kendra also designed their own M.F.A. thesis performance, in which they performed a twenty-minute solo dance while controlling the lights from the stage.

    Smokey Westerfeld (Lighting Designer/Technician, Spring 2019): Smokey has a love for the entertainment business that spans over 40 years. He served as Production Stage Manager for Houston Music Theatre, and The Magic Mountain Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. He has traveled as Stage Manager with national road-show tours. He was called to report to C.B.S. Network, Television City in Hollywood, and he retired from C.B.S. twenty years later. His staff credits while at C.B.S. vary from Production Lighting/Head Electrician, Property Master, and Audio Engineer. The last 15 years of his tenure were spent in the field of Audio Mixing, both Production, and Post-Production. Smokey is the recipient of six Emmy Awards for his work in Television Audio.

What Does It Look Like To Study Theatre at Concordia University Texas?

The mission of the Department of Theatre at Concordia University Texas is to elicit creativity, critical thinking, cultural awareness and empathy, within an active, collaborative learning environment, in exploration of what it means to be human. Theatre Studies prepares students with valuable skills that can be applied to many different industries.

Students 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, guest artists, and other students, and to create opportunities based on their specific interests.

Program Overview

From their first year, our students get hands-on experience in the classroom and in production, leadership, collaboration, critical thinking and artistic skills.

CTX Theatre presents two main-stage productions a year, and the fall play aligns with the Service-Learning Week theme. Participation in production is open to the entire CTX community and can be taken for academic credit.

Curriculum Overview for Theatre Majors

The BA in Theatre Studies at CTX incorporates a wide breadth of subjects, preparing students for a variety of industries.

Theatre students select a tract – Performance or Design/Technology – to meet their interests. Additionally, the BA in Theatre is easily paired with another major, allowing students to further customize their education. Through individualized attention and training, students develop the necessary skills for their specific focus.

Here are some highlighted courses:

Experience of Drama: In this dynamic, experientially-based course,students attend professional theatrical productions throughout Austin to examine the play’s journey from page to stage. Play attendance is supplemented with script and production analysis, lecture, presentations, class-discussions, exclusive talkbacks and meetings with production personnel.

Theatre for Social Change/Applied Theatre: This course zeros in on theatre’s unique power as a tool for social change, and its tremendous potential for application to fields outside of traditional theatre. Students examine the theories and methods of applied theatre throughout the 20th and into the 21st centuries, studying a wide array of international topics, including agit-prop theatre, radical street performance, museum theatre, theatre in prisons, and theatre and service in the church.

Acting - Scene Study and Improvisation: Students at all levels of experience develop acting skills through the disciplines of improvisation and scene study. Improvisation is employed as a means of structuring original ideas to create scenes, as a method of confronting and solving acting problems, as a way to inspire social change and as a means of theatricalizing non-dramatic sources such as folktales.

Program Benefits

The BA in Theatre Studies provides tools required for working in the professional theatre as well as a foundation for graduate studies in theatre and film. Furthermore, students who study theatre develop and hone skills transferable to any field:

  • Viewing the world from multiple perspectives
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Collaboration
  • Advanced presentation abilities
  • Outside-the-box thinking
  • Empathy and deep listening
  • Efficient time management
  • Close reading and analysis
  • Project management and organization
  • Critical thinking
  • Cultural awareness

Career Outcomes

  • Actor
  • Arts Administrator
  • Casting Agent
  • Director
  • Drama Therapist
  • Educator
  • Events Planner
  • Literary Manager
  • Playwright/Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Project Manager
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatrical Designer (make-up, costumes, props, set, lighting)

FAQ

  • Why does Concordia offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) instead of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)?

    Concordia University Texas offers a BA in Theatre Studies instead of a BFA. A BA requires you to study a wider breadth of subjects, so you'll develop a wider array of skills that can be utilized in more industries.

  • Who can get involved in CTX Theatre productions?

    Auditions and participation in design/tech roles are open to all members of the Concordia University Texas community. No experience is necessary; we will train you!

    Students can participate in productions beginning their first semester.

  • What are auditions like?

    Typically, students are asked to perform a memorized, one-minute monologue from the time period and style of the play for which they are auditioning.

  • When are rehearsals held?

    Rehearsals are mainly held in the evenings, and occasionally during the daytime if actor’s schedules permit. We make our best effort to work around actors’ work, athletics and school schedules.

  • Are theatre internships available?

    Austin, Texas, has a vibrant theatre community that is full of opportunities. Our students have interned at places such as Austin Shakespeare and Zach Theatre. Internship programs are also available farther afield in cities such as New York and London.

Meet our School of Fine Arts Faculty