Middlebury Theatre aspires to be a hothouse of intellectual creativity where traditional distinctions are reimagined, challenging students to become innovators and collaborators capable of shaping our culture.
We believe in the Artist-Scholar, whose aesthetic is forged by the interplay between making theatre and the rigorous examination of its history, theory and literature.
Opportunities for creative work abound, from introductory courses in acting, directing, playwriting and design, to working side by side with seasoned professionals at PTP/NYC, the College's Off-Broadway theatre company. Each year we produce a wide variety of student and faculty directed work, starting with the annual First Year Show. Through a combination of core and advanced elective courses, theatre majors prepare for their independent senior project: in this self-designed, capstone experience, students grapple with the complex aesthetic, social and personal decisions that go into any sustained act of creation.
Beyond the campus, Middlebury has a distinguished record of achievement, both regionally and nationally, at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. PTP/NYC introduces students into an extensive alumni network, and for many graduates has served as a springboard into theatre and related industries.
And...another victorious season with PTP/NYC!
Pentecost "features a cast of ten card-carrying Actors' Equity members supplemented by ten college students; Potomac has a longstanding connection with, and is partially funded by, Middlebury College in Vermont. But there is nothing academic or collegiate about this production of Pentecost, which originated at Middlebury in the fall of 2013. if this is what comes of the marriage of professional acting companies and university theatre, so be it." The show is a "first class and much welcome production of what turns out to be one of the important plays of the 1990s."
-Steven Suskin, Huffington Post
BIG LOVE by Charles Mee, directed by Claudio Medeiros, Fall 2011