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Our laboratory season consists of four major projects each year. Usually directed by faculty members, performances take place in the Sharon Martin Hall or the Hylbert Family Studio Theatre, both in the Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts. These projects are usually productions of single plays, but they might be projects created by a student ensemble or collections of shorter works.

Participation is open to any Denison student (for actors by audition; for other artists and technicians by interview or successful completion of a prerequisite). The rehearsal and production process is typically 20 hours per week, for four to five weeks, with seven performances over two weeks.

We aim to offer a wide variety of experiences in theatre-making, exploring different modes of theatre rehearsal and creation, multiple styles of performance and/or design, new plays in process, curated older works from historical traditions, plays which ask important questions or reflect on identity and culture—all providing a rich range of opportunities for a students with different learning goals.

We typically produce a musical every other year. In addition, the Department of Music’s Singers’ Theatre Workshop ensemble also mounts an opera, operetta, or musical theatre production every semester. Students often participate in both the productions of the Department of Theatre and the Singer’s Theatre Workshop.

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2022 - 2023

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The Department of Theatre presents "HERE US" by Denison students.

HERE US image

The Department of Theatre presents "HERE US" by Denison students.

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The Department of Theatre presents "HERE US" by Denison students.

"You on the Moors Now" by Jaclyn Backhaus

The Department of Theatre presents Jaclyn Backhaus' "You on the Moors Now."

"You on the Moors Now" by Jacklyn Backhaus

The Department of Theatre presents Jaclyn Backhaus' "You on the Moors Now."

"You on the Moors Now" by Jaclyn Backhaus

The Department of Theatre presents Jaclyn Backhaus' "You on the Moors Now."

"You on the Moors Now" by Jaclyn Backhaus

The Department of Theatre presents Jaclyn Backhaus' "You on the Moors Now."

"You on the Moors Now" by Jaclyn Backhaus

The Department of Theatre presents Jaclyn Backhaus' "You on the Moors Now."

"You on the Moors Now" by Jaclyn Backhaus

The Department of Theatre presents Jaclyn Backhaus' "You on the Moors Now."

The Department of Theatre presents Molière's "The Pests."

The Department of Theatre presents Molière's "The Pests."

The Department of Theatre presents Molière's "The Pests."

The Department of Theatre presents Molière's "The Pests."

The Department of Theatre presents Molière's "The Pests."

The Department of Theatre presents Molière's "The Pests."

2021 - 2022

The Department of Theatre presents the world premiere of "Pearls in the Wave," a new play by Hongyi Tian (‘13).

HERE US

The Department of Theatre presents "HERE US," written and performed by Denison students.

'Take Five by David Ives'

The Department of Theatre presents "Take Five by David Ives."

The Department of Theatre presents "Everybody."

2020 - 2021

Eisner Center

The Denison Fringe Festival presents "The Compassion of Mundanity" by Echo Cain ‘21.

Eisner Center

The Denison Fringe Festival presents "Angel Face" by Adam Frost-Venrick '21.

Eisner Center

The Denison Fringe Festival presents "Sucker for Romance" by Genevieve Pfister ‘24.

Faces and Background

The Denison University Department of Theatre presents "The Revolutionists."

Voices of color perform. Original words, music, dance, and imagery from Denison's POC community.

'So Full I Could Burst'

The Denison University Department of Theatre presents "So Full I Could Burst."

2019 - 2020

"Shoulda Been You"

The Denison University Department of Theatre with collaboration from the Department of Music, presents "It Shoulda Been You."

The Wolves

Denison Department of Theatre presents "The Wolves."

BoJack Horseman

The Department of Theatre celebrates its new home in the Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts with BoJack Horseman in Sharon Martin Hall.

2018 - 2019

Bio Reserve

The Denison Fringe Festival presents the student production "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Knapp Hall

The Denison Fringe Festival presents the student production "Esta Soy Yo."

Bryant Art Center

The Denison Fringe Festival presents the student production "The Winter's Tale."

Burke Hall

The Denison Fringe Festival presents an evening of readings and a dance piece.

Burke Hall

The Denison Fringe Festival presents "Marriage (a work in progress)."

The Department of Theatre presents "Information for Foreigners" by Griselda Gambaro

Map of Denison South Quad showing access to The black box theatre from West College Street and North Plum Street.

The Department of Theatre presents "Circle Mirror Transformation" by Annie Baker.

Denison's Black Box Theatre

The Department of Theatre presents 'Sense and Sensibility' by Kate Hamill based on the novel by Jane Austen.

2017 - 2018

Photo for promotion of “The Government Inspector,” a satire written by Nikolai Gogol and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher ’80

The Department of Theatre presents "The Government Inspector," a satire written by Nikolai Gogol and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher '80.

Photo for promotion of “Life Is a Dream” written in 1633 by Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Denison University Theatre presents "Life Is a Dream" written by Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca and translated by Nilo Cruz.

Photo for promotion of the play “Big Love,” written by American playwright Charles L. Mee and directed by Eleni Papaleonardos

The Department of Theatre presents "Big Love," written by American playwright Charles L. Mee and directed by Eleni Papaleonardos.

2016 - 2017

Photo of Theatre Arts Building - Ace Morgan Theatre

The Department of Theatre presents "Ulmus Ohioana: A Denison Archives Project," by Jennifer Schlueter and Mark Evans Bryan '96.

Photo of a scene from the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

The Department of Theatre presents the musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

The Department of Theatre presents "The Piano Lesson" by American playwright August Wilson.

2015 - 2016

The Department of Theatre presents "Margo Veil: An Entertainment" by Len Jenkin, directed by Jason Podplesky.

The Department of Theatre presents "Richard III" by William Shakespeare, directed by Geoffrey Nelson.

The Denison Department of Theatre presents 'Best of Friends' by Jeff Daniels.

The Department of Theatre presents "The Trojan Women," by Euripides, directed by Cheryl McFarren, 8 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 10.

2014 - 2015

Department of Theatre presents “I Am Jonathan,” a new work created by an ensemble of Denison theatre students and the Available Light Theatre.

Photo of a scene from "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde

The Department of Theatre presents "The Importance of Being Earnest," by Oscar Wilde.

The Department of Theatre presents "Little Shop of Horrors" by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman.

Photo of a scene from "The Heidi Chronicles" directed by Sarah Blike '15

The Department of Theatre presents "The Heidi Chronicles," on Wednesday, Oct. 1, Thursday, Oct. 2, Friday, Oct. 3, Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5.