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College and University Theater

Kat Johnston, Karl Lengal and Mike Harkins appeared in UNO Theatre’s “Our Country's Good.”

Area theater audiences benefit greatly from the fact that local students of the arts have ready access to talented and experienced teachers and mentors. Local colleges and universities provide a wide range of academic programs aimed at developing young writers, directors, actors and behind-the-scenes personnel. In addition to classroom training, the schools offer abundant opportunities for real-life performance experience.
Listed below are some of the programs well-known among both local students and audiences of the dramatic arts.
Delgado Community College  Performance and Media Arts Coordinator: Tim Baker Liberal arts students interested in theater have many opportunities to hone their art and experience live performances. The Delgado Theater Club is open to anyone interested in drama, comedy, musicals, acting, dance, costumes, backstage set design and lighting work.  Delgado Community College | 510 City Park Ave. | New Orleans |  504-483-4817 | 504-671-6386 | www.dcc.edu/about Dillard University Theatre Department With a rich history as a cornerstone of African-American theater, the annual season performances are held on campus in the Samuel DuBois Cook Theatre. Upcoming:  Macbeth, Nov. 14-15, 21-22, 8 p.m., Directed by Ray Vrazel, the classic production unfolds in a contemporary setting. Dillard University Theatre Department  | 2601 Gentilly Blvd. | New Orleans | 504-816-4857 | www.myspace.com/dillardtheatre Loyola University Theatre Artistic director: Georgia Gresham  Loyola University Theatre is dedicated to presenting theater that engages the audience with popular theater forms from the contemporary through classical, melodramas, thrillers, social commentary, comedies and epic histories.  Upcoming:  Spinning Into Butter, Nov. 7-8, 13-15, 8 p.m., Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., Marquette Theatre. By Rebecca Gilman, directed by Laura Hope. A searing, comic expose of political correctness at a small college.  Senior Project One-Act Festival, Dec. 3-4, 7 p.m., Lower Depths Theatre. Loyola University | 6363 St. Charles Ave. | New Orleans | Box Office: 504-865-2074 | Department of Theatre Arts and Dance: 504-865-3840 www.mfa.loyno.edu/theatrearts/ Tulane University Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University Department of Theatre & Dance The department is dedicated to the art of live dramatic performance. The annual Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Summer Lyric Theater and The Patchwork Players  also reside on campus. For more information please contact Program Coordinator Elsa Dimitriadis, at 504.865.5106 or visit www.myspace.com/tulanetheatreanddance. Upcoming:  An Evening of Dance, Nov. 14-15, 8 p.m., Nov. 16, 2 p.m., Dixon Auditorium. By Newcomb Dance Company; Alice Pascal Escher, artistic director.  The Mousetrap, Nov. 18-23, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lupin Theater. Agatha Christie’s country house murder mystery, directed by Antony Sandoval. Tulane University Department of Theatre & Dance | 215 McWilliams Hall, New Orleans | 504-865-5106 | www.tulane.edu/~theatre University of New Orleans Film, Theatre and Communication Arts Chair: David Hoover This nationally recognized program is known for its MFA performance program and its commitment to original work. The only National Association of Schools of Theatre-accredited program in the city, UNO’s theater alumni and current students work consistently on stage and backstage of every theater in New Orleans.  Upcoming (evening performances at 7:30 p.m., matinees at 2:30 p.m.): The Dark End of Day (original play by Whitney Buss) and The Chairs (by Eugene Ionesco) | Nov. 1, 6-9, Robert E. Nims Theatre. An existential double bill directed by guest artist Rodney Hudson.  Miss Margarida’s Way, Dec. 3-7, Lab Theatre. By Robert Athayde, directed by guest artist Rodney Hudson. You are sure to be taunted by biology teacher Miss Margarida as the audience assumes the role of her classroom students. University of New Orleans Department of Film, Theatre and Communication Arts | 2000 Lakeshore Drive, PAC, Room 307, New Orleans | Box office: 504-280-SHOW (7469) | http://ftca.uno.edu •

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