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    Theatre Program

    Mission and Objectives

    The Roger Williams University Theatre program aims to provide each student with a well-rounded, general mastery of all areas of the theatre arts and an appreciation of the place of theatre in our world. Through the study of theatre the program also hopes to imbue students with love of learning while honing their tools of thought and expression. Our goal is to prepare students for further academic study, and careers in theatre and other liberal arts related areas. We seek to serve both those specializing in the study of theatre and those for whom theatre is studied as an adjunct to areas of concentration.

    The formal course curriculum and the production program are designed to work symbiotically. The production program is designed to provide the working laboratory where the ideas and skills taught in the classroom are demonstrated, reinforced and mastered. The plays produced are chosen to afford students opportunities to research and to experience a range of materials in a variety of styles and genres. 

    In addition to the goals mentioned above, the program’s courses, productions, and activities are intended: 

    • To deliver historical and global perspectives on the cultures of the world and the theatre’s place in those cultures. Through its semester abroad in London the program is able to expand and reinforce the multicultural and international nature of theatre. The London program is integrated into the curriculum and functions as a crucial step in the intellectual development of our students.
    • To teach students necessary professional and life skills, such as communication, collaboration, self-discipline, self-discovery, self-reliance, creative problem resolution, and critical thinking all aimed toward a heightened consciousness and appreciation of the human condition. 
    • To help students to develop research, analytical, organizational, and communication skills that are fundamental to the theatre as well as to a wide variety of business and creative pursuits. Students are required to take courses that develop all of these skills and are then encouraged to use and apply these skills to production and courses in other studies.
    • To expose students to high quality productions and professionals through field trips, our London program, workshops, and visiting artists.

    The Theatre program, through curriculum, productions, and activities, also strives to challenge and enrich the wider academic and regional communities intellectually, culturally, and artistically by providing a range of theatrical events for all to experience.

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    What's On

    Working: A Musical

    Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
    With additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
    Songs by Craig Carnelia and Micki Grant and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead and Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor
    From the book by Studs Terkel

    April 15, 16, 20, 22, 23 @ 7:30; April 17 @ 2:00 

    Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six TONY Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age featuring new songs by TONY Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, and James Taylor. -- Music Theatre International

    $10.00 General/$5.00 Seniors and students.  Reservations: 401.254.3666

    Reservations are held until 15 minutes before curtain, after which we sell to those on the waiting list. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat. 

    Click here for the Spring 2016 Performing Arts Brochure!


    Auditions and Events

    April 20-21: Mock auditions and interviews

    May 7: Barn Picnic

    Playwright Edward Albee visits RWU in 2011

    Playwright Edward Albee visits RWU in 2011