The Theater Program at St. Bonaventure University, part of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, offers a major and a minor in Theater with courses in acting for stage and camera, directing, stagecraft and theater technology, voice and diction, styles and theater history, and more.
SBU Theater, our faculty-directed production season, presents contemporary and classical plays (and the occasional musical) in two theaters. Recent productions include "The Seagull," "Dracula," "As You Like It," “The Cover of Life,” “The Inner Above,” “Dog Stories,” “Metamorphoses,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Devil's Disciple,” and three installments of our Festival of One-Act Plays including works by Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, Harry Kondoleon, Keith Huff, David Ives, Howard Brenton and others.
Any student may take theater courses, regardless of major or minor. SBU Theater productions are open to all members of the SBU community and auditions are the first Wednesday and Thursday of every semester.
The 2013-14 SBU Theater Season
Fall Semester: "The Walls"
By Lisa Dillman
Performances: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13-16
Location: Garret Theater on campus
Auditions: 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 28 & 29, Garret Theater. (All members of the SBU community invited.)
"The Walls," a drama by contemporary American playwright Lisa Dillman, follows a young writer, Carrie, as she researches the cases of women who were institutionalized for "hysteria" in the 19th and 20th centuries. Carrie has troubles of her own, and as she struggles to find herself we are drawn into her story and the stories of the women she's discovered. The play originated in 2009, but this version incorporates revisions Dillman made just this year. (The play contains adult language and subject matter.)
Spring Semester: To Be Announced
Dates for the spring performance: March 19-22, 2014