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Department of Theatre and Dance

  • Students on stage at the Center for Performance Experiment

Center for Performance Experiment

Invention and imagination come to the forefront at the Center for Performance Experiment.  This unique performance space is dedicated to actor training, so you can expect new and traditional works presented in exciting, experimental ways.

Campus is closed down for the summer, but we're still making plans for an exciting new production season starting this fall!  Please visit the University’s dedicated COVID-19 web page for updates about campus reopening and our continued efforts to keep our students and community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


2019-2020 CPE Season

The Center for Performance Experiment is located at 718 Devine Street. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased at the door or online.

Stories of Dislocation

September 26 - October 6, 2019

An Original  Work
Conceived & Directed by Robyn Hunt 
& Developed by the Ensemble

Professor Robyn Hunt's original play utilizes interviews with immigrants whose stories of migration, of things and people left behind, and of discoveries in the new country have shaped their lives. The piece offers two very different movements: one with spoken words, and the other in silence, as the characters travel in slow tempo toward the unknown, toward the next thing, possibly even deliverance.

Show Times:
8pm, September 26-28; October 3-6

3pm, September 29

MFA Solo Shows

November 15-17, 2019

Created and Performed by 2nd-Year MFA Actors

Our 2nd-year MFA Acting candidates will present solo plays, which each has written and directed.  Join us for a special performance of diverse, original works!

Show Times:
November 15: 7pm
November 16: 7pm & 10pm
November 17: 3pm

Black Snow

March 19-28, 2020

Performances Cancelled

Written by Mikhail Bulgakov
Adapted by Keith Reddin
Directed by Steven Pearson

Keith Reddin’s adaptation of legendary Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's 1936 novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Bulgakov's experience with the Moscow Art Theatre, headed in part by influential director Konstantin Stanislavski. In Black Snow, a writer named Sergei Maxudov is persuaded to submit his novel to the "Independent Theatre" to have it adapted for the stage, but quickly finds himself and his creation subject to the whims of the theatre's figureheads. Censored for its criticism of the Soviet government, the original novel didn't actually see publication until 1967, more than twenty-five years after Bulgakov's death.

Show Times:
8pm, March 19-22; March 24-28

3pm, March 28

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.