Each year, the department presents an extensive season of theatrical performances featuring students of many majors.

Students participate in productions that embrace a wide range of theatrical traditions, including recent contemporary works, classical dramas, Broadway musicals, children’s plays, liturgical presentations, improvisational and interactive theatre pieces, and dance ensemble concerts.

In addition, a variety of showcase performances and special projects — such as student one-acts, staged readings, and laboratory productions — are presented throughout the year, providing numerous acting, directing, design, and management opportunities as well as the ability to receive academic credit toward graduation for participation in both mainstage and second stage experiences.

Current Season

Director: R. Andrew White
Audition Dates: August 22, 2018

Location: Studio Theatre

Performances: Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 6, 7 at 2 p.m.

About the Performance:
Since the sudden death of his favorite student, high-school teacher Larry Morrow has been falling asleep at his desk and dreaming. As Larry’s dreams intensify, a shocking secret is exposed. A secret that will change everything. Searing yet surprisingly funny, The Dream of the Burning Boy is about finding the strength to move on, and the courage to live without regret.

Director: Lee F. Orchard
Audition Dates: Aug. 22, 2018

Location: University Theatre

Performances: Nov. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., Nov. 3 and 4 at 2 p.m.

About the Performance:
Lady Windermere has her suspicions that her husband of just under two years is having an affair with another woman. After he denies her allegations, she decides to invite the woman in question to her 21st birthday party.

Oscar Wilde’s comedy is set in 19th-century London, and sees Wilde poke fun at the social upper classes, and their moral attitudes, of the period. It’s a play about relationships and infidelity in English high society.

Audition Dates: Oct. 2018 – dates TBD

Performances: Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:00 p.m.

About the Performance:
One-act plays, directed by senior theatre majors as part of their capstone coursework for the theatre department. Titles to be determined.

Directors: Ann Kessler and Salena Elish

Audition Dates: August 28, 2018

Performances: Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.

and Feb. 2 and 3 at 2 p.m.

Location: University Theatre

About the Performance: 
The Dance Ensemble takes the stage in the month of February, bringing student and faculty choreographed dance to the Valparaiso community.

Director: Lee F. Orchard
Audition Dates: Nov. 12, 2018

Performances: March 27, 28, 29 at 8 p.m. and March 30, 31 at 2 p.m.

Location: Studio Theatre

About the Performance: 
Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life”, “Love and Marriage”, and “Death and Eternity”. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die.

Director: R. Andrew White
Musical Director: Dennis Friesen-Carper

Audition Dates: Nov. 12, 2018

Location: University Theatre

Performances: April 26, 27, and May 3 at 8 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m.

About the Performance:
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of power. In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen everyday.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from Steven Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

Audition Dates: TBD

 Location: Studio Theatre

Performance: May 6 at 7 p.m.

About the Performance:
Join us for the third Valpo New Play Festival where we feature staged readings of new work written by undergraduate playwrights.



Past Performances

Past main stage performances have included such titles as The Lady from the Sea, Rose and the Rime, The Spitfire Grill, Mr. Burns, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), The Bacchae, Sylvia, Godspell, Mosque Alert, The Eyre Affair, God of Carnage, The School for Lies, An Evening of Short Plays by Beckett, Dido and Aeneas, Eurydice, Arcadia, Macbeth, Sweeney Todd, Marriage, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, How I Learned to Drive, The House of Bernarda Alba, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Circle Mirror Transformation, Hansel and Gretel, The Arabian Nights, Floyd Collins, The Universal Wolf, Tartuffe, Almost Maine, Twelfth Night, Cabaret, and Fuddy Meers.

See photographs and video footage from recent productions »

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"One thing that drew me to Valpo was the variety of shows that the department performs. In just one season we did a translation of a Russian show; Sweeney Todd, which is one of the best musicals ever written; Macbeth, which is Shakespeare and difficult; and Arcadia, considered one of the best-written plays of the 20th century. We’re given challenges, that’s for sure."