Plays have been written on every topic and theme imaginable. The discipline of theatre is extraordinary in its ability to encompass any subject, while serving as a laboratory for the examination of humanity. The theatrical endeavor shares the key to a liberal arts education and supports the Hampden-Sydney College mission to "form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning." A cross-disciplinary program, the Theatre department offers classes and independent studies ranging from beginning to advanced acting, set and light design, stagecraft, playwriting, and directing.

The Fine Arts department produces two main stage productions a year. Be part of a theatre production each semester! All performances are FREE and open to the public.

It was the first time I noticed what passion felt like.

Skipp Sudduth ’79, actor and director

Theatre Major/Minor Requirements

The requirement for a major in Theatre is a minimum of 32 hours, to include: Theatre 101, 201, 220, 251, 252, 253, 254, 321, 361, 401, 498, 499. Two additional dramatic literature courses from: Theatre 201, 360, English 270, 313, 314, 334, French 401, German 401, Spanish 405, 408. Note: Theatre 360 and 361 are courses that can be taken more than once for credit, as the topic rotates. Theatre 201 cannot be used to fulfill a requirement for the dramatic literature category of the major (the second category) if it is used to fulfill a requirement for the first category of the major. 

The requirements for a minor in Theatre are 15 credit hours from the courses listed below, including at least three Theatre offerings: Theatre 101 (Introduction to Theatre), Theatre 201 (Asian Theatre), Theatre 220 (Acting), Theatre 321 (Directing), Theatre 360 (Topics in Theatre Theory and Literature), Theatre 361 (Topics in Theatre Practice), Theatre 401 (Theatre Design and Technology), English 270 (Introduction to Shakespeare), English 313 (English Drama), English 314 (Modern Drama), English 334 (Special Topics in Shakespeare), French 401 (French Theatre), German 401 (German Theatre), Spanish 405 (Modern Latin American Theatre), Spanish 408 (Theatre of the Golden Age). 

updated 7/25/17

Theatre Events

William Golding's Lord of the Flies
adapted by Nigel Williams
October 26, 27, 28, and November 2, 3
Johns Auditorium, 8 PM

FREE and open to the public

Theatre Archive

2016 - 2017 Season
David Hirson's La Bête
A Festival of One-Act Plays
Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues

2015-2016 Season
The Mystery of Irma Vep
Some Men
American Buffalo
Arden of Faversham

2014-2015 Season
Romeo and Juliet
Shakesbeer: Drinking Scenes from Shakespeare
Funny Money
One-Act Plays (Directing class)

2013-2014 Season
Life is a Dream
Frost/Nixon
Patti Issues

2012-2013 Season
The 39 Steps
Good

2011-2012 Season
Theatre Nohgaku
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Henry V

2010-2011 Season
The Homecoming 

2009 - 2010 Season
The Importance of Being Earnest
Working

2008 -2009 Season
Twelfth Night
The Caucasian Chalk Circle

2007 - 2008 Season
A Streetcar Named Desire
Tartuffe

2006 - 2007 Season
Art
The Tragedy of Richard III

2005 - 2006 Season
Gagarin Way
Noises Off

2004 - 2005 Season
Rashomon
Macbeth

2003 - 2004 Season
Waiting for Godot
Volpone

2002 - 2003 Season
The Rocky Horror Show
Six Degrees of Separation
The Comedy of Errors

2001 - 2002 Season
A Few Good Men
1776   
Communication Breakdown

2000 - 2001 Season
A Midsummer's Night Dream
Betrayal

1999 - 2000 Season
Lend Me A Tenor
Philoctetes

1998 - 1999 Season
Glass Menagerie
Julius Caesar

1997 - 1998 Season
All My Sons
La Ronde

 

The Jongleurs


The Jongleurs, the dramatics club, and the Fine Arts Department mount a full production season, providing opportunities to pursue interests in virtually every aspect of theatre from producing to acting, directing, playwriting, and design.  Advisor: Shirley Kagan  kagans@hsc.edu 

Fine Arts Events at Hampden-Sydney College


All Hampden-Sydney College music, theatre, and visual arts events are FREE and open to the public.

Fine Arts Events

Theatre Department


Matthew R. Dubroff 
Associate Professor of Theater

Johns Auditorium, 203
Hampden-Sydney College | Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-6362
mdubroff@hsc.edu

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