Cast of 2021 production of Curtains

Theatre

Discover different ways you can contribute to a production. Learn about rehearsals, past productions, and what makes theatre at University of Jamestown unique!

Unleash your creativity with theatre.

University of Jamestown Theatre gives all students – major and non-majors alike – the opportunity to get involved in performances at UJ. Each year, we produce a musical, one-acts, a student-directed production, and a large spring production.

In addition to the high number of roles available each season, students contribute as:

  • Stage Managers
  • Crew Members
  • Set Builders
  • Costume Builders
  • Prop Managers
  • Lighting and Sound Technicians
  • Advanced students are given multiple opportunities to direct and design various productions.

Theatre at UJ is a supportive environment that fosters and celebrates creativity! That means no matter which role you take, you’ll make new friends over the course of each production.

Students on stage for "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"

Make a production come to life

Weeks leading up to a production, students explore the unique worlds and characters that make up a script—whether ancient or brand new. Through careful consideration and preparation, actors, directors, designers, playwrights, and crew make a show come to life. There’s nothing more exciting than sharing the culmination of that hard work with an audience!

“The unique bond that forms between artists and community in successful theatrical production keeps bringing students and audience members back.” – Director Michael McIntyre

Personal growth is customary for each performer during a production run. Those who continue to participate in multiple productions develop greatly with advancement in:

  • Physical and vocal talents
  • Analytical skills
  • Organizational abilities
  • Interpersonal confidence
  • Ability to handle pressure and deadlines

What’s rehearsal like?

We strive to maintain an encouraging environment that recognizes the value of each student’s contribution. All cast members quickly learn to assist, and celebrate the success of, their peers.

Rehearsals occur in the evenings. Depending upon the role assigned in a production, an actor may be rehearsing 1 to 5 times per week. Directors and choreographers lead those rehearsals over a period of 4 to 7 weeks. Entering the final week-and-a-half of production, run-throughs involve all actors nightly.

The production schedule begins with read-throughs and blocking rehearsals as actors become familiar with the script and their roles. For their portion of an evening’s rehearsal, interpretive choices are explored with the director and fellow cast members. In the days leading up to performance, scenes take shape in the finishing rehearsals, with technical and dress rehearsals polishing off the process.

 


 

Productions

Our productions are designed to make students proficient in musical theatre, modern drama, and the classics. A typical season involves four major productions throughout the year, most with three-night runs. Click on one of the linked productions below to view photos from the show.

2019-20
Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder
Middletown

2018-19
Spamalot
Dead Man’s Cellphone
Winter’s Tale

2017-18
On the Town
The Dining Room
The Admirable Crichton

2016-17
9 to 5: The Musical
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
The Elephant Man

2015-16
Kiss Me, Kate
A Heart Divided
An Absolute Turkey

2014-15
A Christmas Carol
Mama Won’t Fly
Twelfth Night

2013-14
Carousel
The Cover of Life
Once in a Lifetime

2012-13
The Drowsy Chaperone
Doubt, a Parable
The Imaginary Invalid

2011-12
Titanic
Belles
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
The Crucible

2010-11
Chess
The Nerd
Macbeth

2009-10
Anything Goes
The Final Twist
Harvey

 

2008-09
Camelot
Crimes of the Heart
The Liar

 

2007-08
Fiddler on the Roof
Beneath Our Apple Tree
Six Characters in Search of an Author

 

2006-07
The Scarlet Pimpernel
A Common Thread
Much Ado About Nothing

 

2005-06
Pippin
No Exit
The Odd Couple (Female Version)
The Boys Next Door

 

2004-05
Annie Get Your Gun
The Importance of Being Earnest
Antigone

 

2003-04
The Secret Garden
The Uninvited
Private Lives
Off The Map
Noises Off

 

2002-03
South Pacific
Romantic Comedy
The Rivals

 

2001-02
West Side Story (first in the Reiland Fine Arts Center)
Jake’s Women
Play It Again Sam
Death of a Salesman

 

2000-01
Man of La Mancha
Done to Death
As You Like It
1999-2000
Evita
Snoopy
Haiku and The Masque of the Two Strangers
An Inspector Calls

 

1998-99
The Pirates of Penzance
Butterflies are Free
The Learned Ladies

 

1997-98
Show Boat
Barefoot in the Park
The Miracle Worker

 

1996-97
Damn Yankees
Cahoots
All My Sons

 

1995-96
The Merchant of Venice
The Basement

 

1994-95
The Chalk Garden
Animal Farm
Thriller of the Year

 

1993-94
Our Town
Bits
The Two Gentlemen of Verona

 

1992-93
World Without End
Lettice and Lovage

 

1991-92
The Rimers of Eldritch
The Dining Room

 

1990-91
Sticks ‘N Stones
Agnes of God

 

1989-90
Royal Gambit
Play It Again Sam

1988-89
The Skin of Our Teeth
The Foreigner

1987-88
Lillian
Roadside
Crimes of the Heart

1986-87
Tartuffe
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

1985-86
The Yellow Jacket
The Runner Stumbles

1984-85
Blithe Spirit
The Storm Outside

1983-84
The Robber Bridegroom
1984

1982-83
Once in a Lifetime
The Lion in Winter

1981-82
The American Dame
Wings

1980-81
Godspell
The Real Inspector Hound

1979-80
Bus Stop
The Crucible

1978-79
The Glass Menagerie
Cinderella of Loreland
John Brown’s Body

1977-78
I Remember Mama
The Belle of Amherst
The Miser

1976-77
The Man of La Mancha
The Wizard of Oz

1975-76
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Black Forest
Death of a Salesman
Waiting for Godot
The Devil’s Disciple

1974-75
The Three Cuckolds
Echoes
The Threepenny Opera
The Thurber Carnival

1973-74
You Can’t Take It with You
What the Butler Saw
The Adding Machine
J.B.

1972-73
The Imaginary Invalid
Carnival
An Evening with Chekhov
Six Characters in Search of an Author
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

1971-72
A Flea in Her Ear
Rashomon
Oedipus the King

1970-71
Hedda Gabler
We Bombed in New Haven
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

1969-70
Of Mice and Men
Paint Your Wagon
The Taming of the Shrew

1968-69
Waiting for Godot
As You Like It

1967-68
The Male Animal
Uncle Vanya
The Fantasticks

1966-67
The Chalk Garden
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Tartuffe
Charley’s Aunt

1965-66
Twelfth Night
Candida

Why UJ Theatre?

Successful academic theatre relies upon exploration into a highly diverse range of genres and styles from the earliest Greek plays to new scripts still in development. Each production at UJ explores a different genre of work and serves as an opportunity for learning and growth.

700

Number of seats in our Reiland Fine Arts Auditorium

The Reiland also features:

  • A full fly loft
  • Expansive wing spaces
  • A large orchestra pit

Open Auditions

Open auditions are held periodically throughout the year for all students interested in appearing onstage. Most auditions do not require rehearsed material.

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Gather with other theatre students from the seven-state region at this yearly festival and attend workshops, guest productions, and competitions.

Learn from the best.

The University of Jamestown theatre program is led by Director Michael McIntyre, who has directed or produced over 100 departmental productions. Click through his biography to learn more about his work.

Request Information

We offer theatre scholarships to students who audition before arriving on campus their freshman year. These scholarships are for theatre and non-theatre majors and range up to $6,500. Fill out the form in the link below to learn more about UJ's theatre program and various scholarship opportunities.

Explore Performing Arts Majors & Minors

Our theatre major and minor gives you a chance to study performance, direction, design, stagecraft, and literature. This training provides a comprehensive understanding of the art and the ability to put that knowledge to work after graduation. Other performing arts programs are: Applied Music, Fine Arts – Music, and Music Education.

Jimmie Voices

“Theatre was one of the first ways I met people when I came to campus. It’s how I met my best friends and current roommates!”
Morgan Palmer '23
Graphic Design Major

Need additional support?

Our team is ready to help. Please reach out with any questions.

Alicia Bollingberg

  • Performing Arts Recruiter and Outreach Coordinator

Admissions Department

The Admissions Department is open M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Admissions Suite is located on the second level of Badal Nafus Student Center.