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Department: English and Drama

English and Drama

About the Program

The Drama concentration and minor offer courses in acting, directing, stagecraft, and dramatic literature, but Notre Dame focuses on original student playwriting as a required component of the program. Student plays are given staged readings, followed by productions of each play. Major full-length dramas are given full-scale productions. The 2010-2011 academic year saw the full production of fourteen student-authored plays. The successful production of The House of Bernarda Alba displayed the talents of students as well as alums.

2011-2012 is a BIG year for Theatre at NDMU. There will be three major productions. In the fall semester the season will open with Paula Vogel’s Desdemona, directed by Gene Farrington in the Copeland. Also in the fall auditions and rehearsals will be underway for the February musical in LeClerc auditorium, directed by Gene Farrington, with musical direction by Stephen Holmes. Title will be announced as rights are finalized. To close the season the world premiere of an African-American comedy by Deanna Kuhney will be directed in the spring by Gene Farrington in the Copeland.

Students wishing to major in Drama may do so by undertaking the student self-designed major in conjunction with a semester or year abroad at Lancaster University in the U.K.

For information on Drama programs and theatre productions at the University contact Dr. Gene Farrington, Drama Coordinator, Department of English, at extension 5518 or gfarrington@ndm.edu.