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Fri, 05/31/2024

Theatre design student earns 1st place at national contest

Two students represented the University of Kansas and showcased their skills as theatrical designers at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National competition in Washington, D.C.
Tue, 04/02/2024

University Dance Company performance will feature Kansas City Aerial Arts

The University Dance Company Spring Concert, featuring special guest Kansas City Aerial Arts, will include ballet, contemporary, hip hop and jazz dance performed by more than 50 students. Performances are April 5-7.
Tue, 03/19/2024

Theatre design students advance to Kennedy Center national festival

Two Department of Theatre & Dance students will represent the University of Kansas in April at the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Washington, D.C., following their recent KCACTF-Region V competition.
Wed, 03/06/2024

KU Theatre explores labor and community in award-winning drama ‘SWEAT’

“SWEAT” was based on research and dialogue that arose from the playwright embedding herself with the working class community of Reading, Pennsylvania, exploring how marginalized people build community and how they respond when that community is divided against itself.
Mon, 02/05/2024

KU Theatre, School of Music Co-Present Sweeney Todd, Opening Feb. 16

Broadway national tour begins, a local production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a Musical Thriller, will explore the psyche of the villain and bring the community Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant melodies with the help of KU Opera and Symphony Orchestra. Sweeney Todd is a co-production of the...

Thu, 11/16/2023

Milking Christmas, A New Musical Goes Full-Tilt “Merry”

Audiences to the University Theatre’s next production will enjoy cheery musical numbers, over-the-top costumes, and sweet storylines driven by even sweeter characters–literally, some of them are gingerbread cookies.
Thu, 10/26/2023

University Dance Company to present 2023 Fall Concert

University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance faculty members, along with a regional guest choreographer, will present work in ballet, hip-hop and modern/contemporary dance styles at the University Dance Company Fall Concert next month. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5. ...

Wed, 09/27/2023

KU Theatre Opens Its Season with Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties

Theatre will open its 2023-24 season with a play that unapologetically dives into taboo topics, dips into a revolution happening around the globe, and features puppetry to help tell the story. A provocative exploration, Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties by Jen Silverman will be performed in the intimate...

Mon, 08/07/2023

KU Theatre & Dance announces 2023-24 performances

The University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance has unveiled its 2023-24 performance season, which engages talent within the University Theatre, University Dance Company, School of Music and Department of English, among others. Guest artists from professional theatre and dance companies will also contribute to the season’s offerings. ...

Tue, 06/20/2023

KU Department of Theatre & Dance announces its 2023 award and scholarship recipients

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas recognized 59 students for academic merit and contributions to departmental performances at its year-end awards ceremony in May. ...

Thu, 04/06/2023

Cabaret Examines Themes as Relevant as Ever, Opens April 20 at KU Theatre

Theatre’s season finale opens with a big, inviting party. That’s one reason why Act 1 of Cabaret is so adored and a reason the musical’s ending hits so hard, said Markus Potter, director and assistant professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance. “It’s fun, until it’s not.”...

Mon, 03/20/2023

KU theatre design student earns spot at national Kennedy Center festival

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas has announced that the following students have earned awards and recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V. Almost all of the work was part of actualized productions of KU’s University Theatre. ...

Thu, 02/02/2023

Love and Information, a Kaleidoscope of Quick Encounters, Searches for Meaning in Collaborative Production

the University Theatre’s spring season opener will witness a unique performance from within the Department of Theatre & Dance with a script that’s been transformed by students. ...

Wed, 11/23/2022

Everybody Opens Dec. 2, Promises Audience Participation, Dark Comedy

opening soon at the University of Kansas explores a topic that’s become ever-more relevant in recent years: death. Everybody, a production of the University Theatre within the Department of Theatre & Dance, offers opportunity for community members to mourn, laugh at, and reflect on the show’s absurdity and the tragedy...

Thu, 11/03/2022

University Dance Company Turns Up the Volume at Murphy Hall

Dance Company Fall Concert explores love, community, and self-discovery through professionally choreographed works in ballet, hip hop, and contemporary dance at Murphy Hall Nov. 11-13. The Concert’s finale is choreographed by Kristopher Estes-Brown, an award-winning creator who was in residency at the University of Kansas earlier this fall. ...

Mon, 10/10/2022

The Labyrinth of Desire, a Cloak-and-Dagger Rom-Com, Plays at KU Theatre

fans of the performing arts can escape into a breezy, lighthearted play produced by the University Theatre within KU’s Department of Theatre & Dance. The Labyrinth of Desire by Caridad Svich offers comedic and romantic hijinks as a multitude of suitors vie for the love of a clever and reluctant...

Tue, 09/20/2022

KU Theatre & Dance 2022-23 Season Unveiled

of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas announces its 2022-23 season, which offers lightness, love, and plenty of action. This year, the University Theatre and University Dance Company, the two production wings inside of the Department, are preparing for five in-person productions. ...

Tue, 07/05/2022

Department of Theatre & Dance Names 2022 Scholarship and Award Winners

of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance recognized 53 students as recipients of its year-end awards and scholarships, totaling over $225,000 in financial support. ...

Thu, 06/09/2022

KU community mourns death of theatre & dance administrative associate Kim Bohmann

The University of Kansas community is mourning the death of Kim Bohmann, an administrative associate for the Department of Theatre & Dance. Bohmann, 62, died June 3. ...

Wed, 04/13/2022

H.M.S. Pinafore, a Comic Class Clash that Tugs at Your Heartstrings

conform; it gets salty, particularly in H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved a Sailor as it is also called, where W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan use satire to poke fun at the British class system through the lens of a love story. ...

Mon, 02/21/2022

Theatre Student Earns Top Design Awards

of Kansas student designer who presented at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region V received two first-place awards from the judging panel and will advance to nationals. ...

Tue, 02/15/2022

Measure for Measure Kicks Off Spring Season at KU Theatre

classic urges audiences to judge for themselves ...

Mon, 11/22/2021

The Devils Between Us Plays at KU Theatre Dec. 3-9

Trans Voices, Sharing Stories of the LGTBQ+ Diaspora...

Wed, 10/13/2021

In Search of the Beat, KU Theatre Goes “Head Over Heels”

be dancing in their seats to songs by The Go-Go’s during a new production opening Oct. 22 at the University of Kansas. The jukebox musical “Head Over Heels” includes “We Got The Beat,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,”and the song that serves as the title, among others. The comedy is...

Thu, 09/23/2021

Feel the Noise! Play about Air Guitar Opens KU Theatre Season

on sale now for performances Oct. 1-7. Purchase tickets online at the KU Theatre website, where patrons can find more about the KU Theatre & Dance 2021-22 season. Patrons may also call the box office at 785-864-3982. This production will be live and in-person. Per KU guidelines, masks will be...

Tue, 09/07/2021

KU Theatre & Dance Plans for In-Person Performances

of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas offers escapism, comedy, music, dance and poignant drama in its 2021-2022 season. ...

Tue, 07/06/2021

KU Department of Theatre & Dance names 2021 award winners

The University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance recognized 65 students as recipients of its year-end awards and scholarships, totaling over $175,000 in financial support. ...

Wed, 05/26/2021

Inspired by Activists and Frontline Workers, Changemakers Streams on YouTube

online, Changemakers, a collection of 20 original, two-minute plays and musicals inspired by community leaders, activists, and front-line workers who have fought for change over the course of the past year. Changemakers explores our nation’s most critical current events, told through a series of comic and dramatic vignettes created specifically...