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.
The Barn Summer Playhouse 2015
The Best of the Best: June 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 @ 7:30
An evening of award winning short plays in a range of styles and moods: funny, touching, and provocative. Four different worlds and four different stories in one night; a bargain at any price.
Wittenberg, by David Davalos: July 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 7:30
A Tragical-Comical-Historical - In Two Acts
Poor Prince Hamlet. The beginning of his senior year at Wittenberg U. and he still has not declared a major. He ping-pongs between the contrary advice of his advisors Martin Luther (professor of theology) and Doctor Faustus (professor of philosophy) in this prequel to both Hamlet and Doctor Faustus. A wickedly funny 21st century comedy about faith and skepticism.
$10 General; $5 Seniors/Students
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.
Auditions and Events
Celebrating Peter Wright and his retirement on June 13 (1:30) at the Barn!
Playwright Edward Albee visits RWU in 2011