Theatre


At Beloit, we make it real!

Khamron Wells (Randy) remembers his childhood in Chicago in The Forgiveness Project by Jana Ross ...Khamron Wells (Randy) remembers his childhood in Chicago in The Forgiveness Project by Jana Ross and Amy Sarno in conjunction with Erasing the Distance, Chicago.

BE ON STAGE.  Four plays a year on two stages.  

The Neese Theatre Complex includes the Kresge Theatre, a 130-set black box; the Neese Theatre, a 250-seat thrust stage; and the Bunge Studio, a 50-seat proscenium space.  Every year, faculty stage four plays — everything from European classics to contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning new plays to original scripts and collaborative works devised with student casts.  Beloit College students start their careers with extensive resumes that span an impressive array of styles and approaches. 

The Romeo Initiative by Trina Davies and directed by Amy SarnoThe Romeo Initiative by Trina Davies and directed by Amy Sarno Credit: Ikey Chakin and Cheyenne Wilbur 

Insider/Outsider: a devised production about the experience of white privilege at Beloit CollegeInsider/Outsider: a devised production about the experience of white privilege at Beloit College Credit: Devised by the cast under the direction of Amy Sarno

Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht directed by Marina BergenstockArturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht directed by Marina Bergenstock Credit: Photo by: Ed OttoLearned Ladies by Moliere, directed by Amy SarnoLearned Ladies by Moliere, directed by Amy Sarno Credit: Kyndall White, Aria Shannon, Silvia Abelson, Alex Pavlovic, Reid Libby and Calago Hipps

Guest Artists

Each year, artists are brought in to offer workshops, classes, lectures and performances. 

Tina Milo performs The Village, a one-woman show about surviving depression. Credit: Script and performance by Tina Milo.

Montreal’s Tina Milo will perform The Village, her one-woman show about surviving depression in the Kresge Theatre on November 1.  

Randy Wong-Westbrooke, Scenic DesignerRandy Wong-Westbrooke, Scenic Designer

San Francisco scenic designer Randy Wong-Westbrooke will be teaching Inclusion & Equity in Theatre and Scenic Design 1 while collaborating with students to design the set for the spring musical, Little Shop of Horrors.

Other guest artists include:  Anu YadavDijana Milosevic, Larry Bogad, Dan Kwong, Norma Bowles, Cathy Plourde, Irina Kruzhilina, Margi Cole, and Dalia Basiouny 

Travel the World

Many performance students travel abroad for short trips with faculty to participate in international festivals or work with renowned companies.  Other students study abroad for a semester or a year.

Alen Keric and Athi Selvendran sit with Amy Sarno on a bench in Budapest.  Sarno asks, “Have yo...Alen Keric and Athi Selvendran sit with Amy Sarno on a bench in Budapest. Sarno asks, “Have you finished your reading assignment?” “Um…” says Athi. “We were going to do it now.” replies Alen.

 

Maddie Halberg and Alice Gehrke are practicing their scenes at Dah Theatre in Serbia.Maddie Halberg and Alice Gehrke are practicing their scenes at Dah Theatre in Serbia.

BITE 

BITE (Beloit Independent Theatre Experience) is a student-run club where students create their own work, in their own space.  Every semester, BITE also takes members to Chicago, Milwaukee, and Spring Green to see professional productions.  BITE brings in professional artist to do talks and /or workshops that expand your knowledge and know-how. 

Sydney Mercado coaches Linh Nguyen on her monologueSydney Mercado coaches Linh Nguyen on her monologueBeloit students create original projects like Sydney Mercado’s Asian Monologues. 

The people Sydney surrounds herself with at Beloit are self-driven and passionate about their own projects, and it’s infectious. She gathered people that she knew who supported her and shared their stories for this showcase. When first doing the Asian Monologues, it showed Sydney a lot of what reclamation can look like and how beautiful taking ownership of one’s own stories can be when no one else will do it for you.

For years, improv has been an important part of student extra-curricular creation.  Kids Eat Free and other groups perform late night programs all over campus.   

Julia Dirkes-Jacks and Joshua Block hold for applause during an improv show by Adult Themes, a st...Julia Dirkes-Jacks and Joshua Block hold for applause during an improv show by Adult Themes, a student-run improv troupe.

 

 

 

 

 

Performing Arts House

Live with other performers at PAH!  Every semester students are able to apply to live in a four bedroom house on campus with other students interested in the performing arts.  Living at PAH enables you to continue the conversations from class or rehearsal that can spark your creative ingenuity.

Live with other performers in Performing Arts House. First row (left to right): Joshua Block, Abb...Live with other performers in Performing Arts House. First row (left to right): Joshua Block, Abby Bender, Connie Bronson; Back row (left to right): Julia Dirkes-Jacks, Stacey Jaeger, Will Mertin, Sydney Mercado Credit: Costumes created by Julia Dirkes-Jacks.

Chloe McKinley (Moor Hen) shows off her healed leg to Peter Gustafson (The Mastiff) in the Moors ...Chloe McKinley (Moor Hen) shows off her healed leg to Peter Gustafson (The Mastiff) in the Moors by Jen Silverman, directed by Amy Sarno.At Beloit, you’ll work with visiting artists, be a part of student and faculty productions, and create your own work.

We know you have a dream.  We want you to reach it.

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