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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.

Mad Love: MFA Commedia Performance | April 19, 2024

Our MFA Acting Ensemble will present two free contemporary Commedia Dell'Arte performances on the Russell House Patio stage!

The Visit | April 5-12, 2024

Profound questions of class, greed, and ethics infuse Dürrenmatt's 1956 classic work of epic theatre, which is being directed by guest artist and USC alum Craig Miller.

A Raisin in the Sun | February 23 - March 1, 2024

Guest Artist Ron Himes (The Black Rep) directs Lorraine Hannsberry's groundbreaking family drama at Longstreet Theatre.

Language of Angels | February 15-28, 2024

Set in the hills of Appalachia, "Language of Angels" is a haunting, modern-day folk tale that takes us into the liminal space between life and death, past and present.

The Legend of Georgia McBride | November 10-17, 2023

Tony®-winning playwright Matthew López' hit Off-Broadway comedy is a glittering, music-filled story of identity and acceptance, described as "stitch-in-your-side funny" (The New York Times) and "a glorious tribute to the art of drag" (Variety).

10 Minute Play Festival | November 3-6, 2023

Expect the unexpected as the USC theatre program presents the 10 Minute Play Festival, featuring an eclectic selection of stories and styles, November 3-6 at the Lab Theatre.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School | October 6-14, 2023

There's an early October treat in store for Columbia's young audiences, as the USC Theatre Program will present a live stage version of Louis Sachar's beloved book series, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, October 6-14 at Drayton Hall Theatre.

Little Shop of Horrors | April 7-14, 2023

Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's wacky musical parody of B-grade sci-fi takes over Drayton Hall Theatre April 7-14!

The Light | March 16-19, 2023

Recipient of Chicago's Jefferson Award for Best Play in 2018, The Light is a visceral, real-time roller coaster ride that sees a loving relationship rocked by allegations of sexual assault.

Theatre Alum's Original Play Takes a "Ride" at Lab Theatre

Ryan Stevens' plays were a regular presence on USC stages while they were a student. Now, the professional playwright/director's work comes back home to be featured in our Ten Minute Play Festival.

10 Minute Play Festival | February 23-26, 2023

Five wildly diverse short plays will share the stage for four eclectic performances in our "10 Minute Play Festival" February 23-26 at the Lab Theatre.

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.


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