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Stay in the know about upcoming performances, key dates and learn about program accolades from the University of South Carolina's award-winning theatre program.

Small Mouth Sounds | November 11-18, 2022

A 2016 Critics' Pick (New York Times, Time Out), "Small Mouth Sounds" is a unique, largely silent theatrical experience that will leave you "moved, refreshed and even enlightened" (New York Times).

A Midsummer Night's Dream | October 2-9, 2022

Our brand new outdoor venue, the Shakespeare Festival Stage, will make its debut with this production, directed by guest artist Devin Haqq, October 2-9!

Theatre students star in, produce Carolina-based indie film

Carly Siegel is one of 13 students who worked on and off camera to create "Hero," a feature-length film produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Feature Film Shooting This Summer Under New SC Film Commission Partnership

The Department of Theatre and Dance has received a $100,000 grant from the SC Film Commission to produce "Hero," being filmed this summer at UofSC and around Columbia.

MFA Designer Makes Mark at LaMaMa

MFA scenic design candidate Mona Damian Ulmu spent the third year of her graduate program working at NYC's historic LaMaMa E.T.C, earning a NY Times mention in the process.

Romeo and Juliet | April 8-15, 2022

Professional theatre director Carolyn Howarth is directing Shakespeare's ageless tale that still has the raw power to connect in visceral ways.

This is Our Youth | March 24-27, 2022

Three privileged young adults experience 48 fateful hours at the dawn of the materialistic Reagan Era in this uncompromising play by Academy Award-winning author Kenneth Lonergan.

These Shining Lives | February 25 - March 4, 2022

Melanie Marnich's harrowing yet inspiring retelling of the story of the "radium girls" will be presented at Longstreet Theatre.

Dear Sugar: Theatre Major on the Roles of Her Lifetime

We spoke with theatre major Jennifer Lucas O'Briant, a non-traditional student, about her divergent path to UofSC and her serendipitous role in "Tiny Beautiful Things."

Tiny Beautiful Things | November 12-19, 2021

Nia Vardalos' adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling book "Tiny Beautiful Things" is, as Variety described, "a theatrical hug in turbulent times."

Scenes from Metamorphoses | October 28-31, 2021

Mary Zimmerman's profoundly moving adaptation of classic Greek myth, hailed in 2002 as the "theatre event of the year," comes to the Lab Theatre October 28-31.

Rumors | October 15-22, 2021

Sharp-edged wit meets madcap farce in legendary playwright Simon's hit 1988 comedy, coming to the Drayton Hall Theatre stage October 15-22.

Announcing our 2021-2022 Theatre Season

We're excited to announce a new slate of live, in-person performances for our 2021-2022 season!

Constellations | April 22-25, 2021

Nick Payne's mind-bending drama telling the story of one couple's romantic journey through the lens of quantum theory comes to Longstreet Theatre April 22-25.

You on the Moors Now | April 9-17, 2021

Four female icons of 19th century literature wage a raucous war on the traditions of their time in Jaclyn Backhaus’ inventive comedy, being performed April 9-17 at UofSC’s Drayton Hall Theatre.

In-Person and Under the Stars: "Complete Works" Takes the Outdoor Stage March 19-28

We return to live, in-person performance this March with a one-of-a-kind outdoor production of the hit comedy "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," staged under the stars on the Russell House patio.

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms | November 6-15, 2020

Qui Nguyen's wildly popular comedy-adventure will come to streaming devices for free November 6-15.

UofSC Theatre and Dance: Coming Soon to a Screen Near You

Amid social-distancing restrictions, students and faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance are forging new ways to connect with audiences and each other.

Love and Information | October 1-4, 2020

We will open our 2020-2021 performance season October 1-4 with an online production of Caryl Churchill's critically-acclaimed play, Love and Information.

Theatre and Dance Faculty Host Free Webinar July 13

Theatre and Dance faculty Jim Hunter and Tanya Wideman-Davis will helm a free conversation-style webinar to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to new approaches to theatre and dance education and performance.

Theatre Faculty Bring Expertise to High School Students During COVID-19 Lockdown

To help high school drama teachers during the COVID-19 crisis, UofSC Theatre faculty offered free online workshops to teen students and discovered an audience hungry to learn.

UofSC Theatre Studio Sessions: Free Online Workshops for High School Students

Faculty from the UofSC theatre program are offering free workshops to high school students during the month of May.

Navigating a New Normal: Faculty Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the ways we learn and teach. We asked theatre and dance faculty to let us know how they and their students are navigating this new normal.

Professors' Huge Playbill Collection Donated to University Library

Professor Emeritus Jim O'Connor and professor Erica Tobolski have donated a collection of more than 900 theatre playbills dating back over 60 years.

Performance Cancellations Due to COVID-19 Closures


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