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NTI Info Session

National Theatre Institute Information Session on Monday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.

Maggie-Kate Coleman will present information about the off-campus programs at the National Theatre Institute in Connecticut. Join her in Runnals 110 for details about this exciting program featuring semester-length and summer opportunities to study acting, directing, playwriting and dramaturgy. The NTI is an approved Colby OCS program.


Study Abroad Info Sessions

Accademia dell Arte Information Session on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m.

Sabine Fichter will present information about the study abroad dance program at the Accademia dell Arts in Arezzo, Italy. Join her in the Dance Studio for details about this exciting program combining post-modern techniques with somatic approaches. The Accademia is an approved Colby OCS program.


British Academy of Dramatic Art Information Session on Friday, October 4 at 4 p.m.

David Byron will present information about the study abroad acting program at the British Academdy of Dramatic Art in London. Join him in Runnals 110 for details about this exciting program combining acting, dramatic literature and performance opportunities. BADA is an approved Colby OCS program.


T&D Bicentennial Events


Theater and Dance Department Bicentennial Year Events


Colby Theater and Dance Department is celebrating the College’s 200th birthday with a full season of exciting programming, including a specially commissioned world premiere by Colby professors Lynne Conner (Theater and Dance) and Jon Hallstrom (Music) and the T & D Professional Alumni Series, a year-long touring program featuring the work of accomplished alumni.


Light of the Mind is a highly theatrical multimedia performance work created by Colby faculty members Lynne Conner (Theater and Dance) and Jon Hallstrom (Music).  Featuring a live ensemble of musicians and actors, the piece celebrates two hundred years of liberal learning through music, text and a projection score made up of hundreds of images from Colby past and present.  A team of professional artists perform with a student ensemble under the direction of Conner and Hallstrom.  The performance will be stage on February 27, 2013 as a featured event of the bicentennial schedule.

 Light of the Mind
Text, Lyrics and Projection Score by Lynne Conner
Music and Interactive Multimedia by Jon Hallstrom
February 27 at 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. (all seats reserved for Colby students, faculty, staff and alumni)
Strider Theater


The T & D Professional Alumni Series showcases two highly accomplished theater and dance majors: Heidi Henderson (‘83) and Reid Farrington (‘99).   As a professional dancer Henderson has performed with leading choreographers Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring, and Paula Josa-Jones.  Her contemporary dance company, elephant JANE dance, has appeared in London, New York, Boston, Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA), Bates Dance Festival and throughout the northeast. Farrington is a new media artist, theater director and stage designer whose innovative multi-media performance works have been presented at P.S. 122, the Abrons Art Center, the Walker Art Center and the PS/K2 Festival in Copenhagen. He is currently developing a performance installation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City based on “The Cupid,” about an ostensible Michelangelo sculpture found at the French Embassy in NYC. His work has been praised in The New York Times, American Theater Magazine, Lighting and Sound America, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York.


The Making of The Passion Project: Open Lecture by Reid Farrington. 
October 10 at 4 p.m.
Strider Theater


The Passion Project by Reid Farrington
October 10 at 8 p.m., October 11 at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., October 12 at 7 p.m.
Strider Theater

 Reid Farrington’s (Colby ’99) The Passion Project is a forty-minute performance installation that explodes Carl Dreyer’s immortal film classic, The Passion of Joan of Arc, into an immersive projection environment placing the audience inside the film, sitting next to Joan, and subjecting them to the relentless questioning of her judges. The images from Dreyer’s masterpiece float through the air on screens made of simple wood and parchment, wielded by a solo female performer who makes Joan’s emotional journey palpable.  This innovative blend of dramatic storytelling, archival film footage and cutting-edge technology creates a series of powerful and moving portraits. 

 “What Beauty there is in Mr. Farrington’s work. Like Dreyer’s film it is both luminous and cruel.” ~Claudia La Rocco, New York Times

 “The Passion Project is a breathtaking tour de force for both creator and director Reid Farrington and performer Laura K. Nicoll. ~Mark Rifkin, This Week in New York

 For more information on the show see:


 elephant JANE dance/Heidi Henderson
March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

 “In my dances the neatness of minimalist art meets the messiness of life.  Simple structures, when filled with human bodies moving, create meaning. My dances are meant to be seen close, the performers touch and sweat and see into each other’s eyes. These dances are real: messy, emotional, highly structured, single minded, fluid, quiet, and virtuosic. Don’t miss this opportunity to see elephant JANE dance in motion on Strider Stage.

Lunch w/ Playwright/Actress

Playwright/actress Susan Stein is going to be here on Thursday, September 20 to perform her original play, Etty, in Strider Theater.  (A description of the performance is below.)

She is also scheduled to have lunch with interested students and faculty on Friday, September 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Camp Room, Dana Dining Hall.  Please consider joining us for lunch.  No reservations necessary–just show up in Dana anytime between noon and 1 p.m. to talk to Susan about the process of researching, writing and performing the play.

Etty by Susan Stein*

September 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Strider Theater

*co-sponsored by Jewish Studies

“In what sort of fatal mechanism have we become enmeshed?  The answer cannot simply be that we are all cowards?” In 1943, a young Jewish woman named Etty Hillesum learns that she is about to be deported out of Holland. As she prepares for the three-day journey eastward, she digs deep into her soul to understand this piece of history and to root out any hatred or bitterness, believing that humanity is the best and only solution for survival. Playwright/actress Susan Stein’s adaptation of Etty’s diary, directed by Austin Pendleton, is a testament to human grace and dignity.   In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a bit of say in what she hopes will be a new world.


“Susan Stein’s performance, under the direction of noted actor, director, and teacher Austin Pendleton, is impeccable.”   ~Diana Barth, The Epoch Times


For more information on the show see:

Welcome Meeting

Actors! Dancers! Designers! Playwrights! Directors! Dramaturgs!  Theater and Dance Geeks!
Are you interested in Theater and Dance?  Come and learn about opportunities in the Theater and Dance Department–from courses to auditions to behind-the-scenes work.  Meet the faculty and staff.  Hear from student club leaders about upcoming events.

Theater and Dance Welcome Meeting
Wednesday, September 5
6 to 6:45 p.m.
Runnals Lobby

Honoring the Seniors

Join us for some theatrics, some shout-outs and some awards at the Annual Theater & Dance Awards Party!

Food and drink will be served!

May 3rd
Strider Theater

NTI Information Session

The National Theater Institute
of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (NTI)
will hold an information session:

Tuesday, October 4
4:00 pm
Smith Lounge

Come hear about theater and their programs:

NTI Connecticut Semester
14 week theater intensive in Waterford, CT

Moscow Art Theater Semester
14 week acting intensive in Moscow, Russia

Adv. Directing or Playwriting
14 week programs in Waterford, CT

6 week summer program in new play development

Visit their website at

Risk. Fail. Risk Again.

PLS Launch Meeting

Tuesday, September 13th at 5:00pm in the Lobby of Runnals

Come learn more about the inaugural season of the Performance Lab Series.

Major and Minors will want to be there, but all are welcome!



Here’s a blog to help you keep in touch with a selection of Colby students as they reflect on their summer activities in theater and dance…

Colby Internship in London

Colby Theater and Dance/Old Vic New Voices Internship

The Colby Theater & Dance Department is happy to announce the creation of an exciting new internship program with the world-renowned Old Vic Theater in London. Beginning in January 2011, Colby theater and dance students will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the staff at the Old Vic’s New Voices program while they are studying abroad in London. The OVNV program, under the leadership of Old Vic Artistic Director Kevin Spacey and OVNV Head Steve Winter, aims to support emerging talent, inspire young people and open up The Old Vic Theatre to new and diverse audiences. The work of OVNV is broken down into six strands: OVNV Education (in-school thematic workshops, theatre-based practice and young leadership covering 75 schools and 2,250 children); OVNV Community (an annual project involving over 120 diverse members of the local community in a large-scale community-based production); OVNV Club, Associates & Network (a program for emerging talent aged 18 – 30, supporting young actors, writers, directors and producers in London and New York) and OVNV Online (a major new project designed to give performance opportunities to our online community).

Colby interns will support the whole department of OVNV across all six strands. Tailored by the student in consultation with OVNV staff, this could be a combination of administrative and practical work designed to give the student strong insight into how projects are created and facilitated. Colby interns are considered vital members of the team, helping make all the projects happen. They work closely with each member of the department, and also have the opportunity to speak to other members of the Old Vic about their job roles.

The nature and scope of the Colby Theater and Dance/Old Vic New Voices Internship is in keeping with the liberal arts mission (and spirit) at Colby, in which professional skills are honed through service learning activities that require a combination of problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. The goal of this exciting new internship program is to provide Colby College Theater and Dance students with meaningful exposure to a variety of performance-based outreach and education work in a state-of-the-art professional theater environment.

For more information about the Colby Theater and Dance/Old Vic New Voices Internship, please contact Theater and Dance Department Chair Lynne Conner: