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A Map of Virtue: Not Your Typical Play

By University Theater on April 11, 2016

Elizabeth Hein ’18 of the Colgate Maroon-News recently published the review below titled “A Map of Virtue: Not Your Typical Play.”

A Map of Virtue (MAP) pushes the boundaries of theater by combining plot with interviews and a birdsong, punctuated by the sound of birds and the beating of a drum. The play is broken into fourteen parallel acts, starting at one and moving to seven until descending back to one again. The combination of the innovative structure and the variety of forms of theater created a unique narrative about interactions with evil.


Why Theater Majors Are Vital in the Digital Age

By University Theater on April 11, 2016

Tracey Moore of the Chronicle of Higher Education recently published the commentary piece below titled “Why Theater Majors Are Vital in the Digital Age.”

The study of theater has always been a slightly odd fit with higher education. Theater’s departmental needs are so different from the norm: Where other programs require smart classrooms, desks, and Wi-Fi, we seek vast, empty spaces with sprung wood floors and natural light. The inner life of a chemistry major should not affect the outcome of an assignment; for theater majors, the inner life is the assignment.


Theater and philosophy as tickets to a tech career?

By University Theater on March 7, 2016

According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, liberal arts degrees have become a “hot ticket” among technology start-ups, in Silicon Valley and beyond.  The article profiles Slack Technologies, a business-to-business software developer, which employs a theater major as its editorial director and a philosophy major as its CEO.

Innovation requires creativity, and as Forbes reports, “creativity can’t be programmed.” Slack Technologies is one of a growing number of software firms that have discovered that “liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.”

Christina (Poppy) Liu ’13 stars in world premiere of The Gambler

By University Theater on February 15, 2016

Christina Liu '13 on stage with another actor

Christina (Poppy) Liu ’13 recently starred in an off off Broadway production of Glyn Maxwell’s new play The Gambler, based on the eponymous novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky suffered from a roulette addiction, and The Gambler is one of his funniest and most autobiographical works. Maxwell adapted The Gambler for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, an award-winning company known for its groundbreaking presentations of both new and classic plays.

Since graduating from Colgate less than three years ago, Liu has also performed with the Drunk Shakespeare Society (earning a write-up in The New Yorker), and the original play she wrote for her senior thesis, This is not a Play about Sex, is still being performed at Colgate.

Continue to follow the theater careers of Liu and other recent alums on the Colgate Theater Newsfeed.

Auditions for University Theater’s Spring Production

By Brandon Gardner '19 on November 19, 2015


Sunday, 11/29 from 7-10pm


A Map of Virtue image of an Owl

A Map of Virtue, by Erin Courtney, is an Obbie award winning new American play. It is a strange changeling: a play, a poem, a bird song, a movement of exchange, intimacy, terror, love and longing.

Looking for students interested in digging into a new American play and ALL are welcome, no experience necessary.

Just have a short piece of text memorized or work off a provided slide from the play audition.

rsvp to Professor Sweeney: sasweeney@colgate.edu

Upcoming performance: KISS

By University Theater on November 4, 2015

KISS PosterColgate University Theater will be performing KISS, by Guillermo Calderon, in Brehmer Theater on the Colgate campus.

November 11-14: 7:00p.m.
November 15: 1:00 p.m.

Director: Adrian Giurgea


  • Grant Rosen ’17
  • Dana Slosar ’16
  • Leo Stouros ’16
  • Julia Zschiesche ’17

Sets: Marjorie Kellogg

Costumes: Elizabeth Marino ’16

Lights: Noel Nichols

Admission: Free

Scenes from Company SoGoNo’s performance of Bird Suite

By University Theater on November 4, 2015

Scenes from the performance of Bird Suite by Company SoGoNo in Colgate’s Brehmer Theater. Learn more about the performance.

Three dancers in blue feathers on stage Three dancers in blue feathers on stage Dancer in white dress on stool on stage Dancer on stage leans backward over stool Four dancers in white dresses share a drink on stage Dancers in black strike a pose on stage

Professor April Sweeney featured in event celebrating Latin American theater

By University Theater on November 2, 2015
Colgate professor April Sweeney

Colgate professor April Sweeney

April Sweeney, associate professor of English in the University Theater, is a performer during an evening celebrating Latin American theater on Monday, Nov 2nd, at 6:30pm at the Martin E. Segal Theater Center. The evening features the work of Matías Umpierrez, a Buenos Aires multidisciplinary artist, who produces works in theatrical, audiovisual, and curatorial formats in theaters, museums, and non-conventional spaces around the world.

Among Umpierrez’s projects are the recent TEATRO SOLO-LONE THEATER (site-specific performances for one audience member), DISTANCE (a virtual piece for live theater), and his new project dramaHOME.

Sweeney was featured in Distancia, written and directed by Matías Umpierrez, which she virtually performed from her living room, and was a part of the LONEtheater’s U.S. premiere in New York.

Sweeney has performed internationally in theaters and festivals in Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Colombia, France, Ireland, Hungary, and the United Kingdom. In the United States she has performed in regional theater, a national tour, off-Broadway and downtown New York theater over the past decade. She has also appeared in films screened at XI BAFICI, New York Film Anthology Archive’s New Directors Series, and the New York International Film and Video Festival.

Related links:

Theater Department
April Sweeney
Machine Project
Theater, Film and Finance



A talk with Nick Berancerraf of theater collective The Assembly

By University Theater on October 15, 2015

Join Nick Berancerraf, scenic designer and co-artistic director of the theater collective The Assembly for a talk on November 18 on contemporary theater praxis, practice, aesthetics and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

Benacerraf, a visual artist, organizer, and creative thinker, who activates social structures from each of those perspectives. His practice travels freely between the gallery and the theater, and often into the classroom and the streets. He is co-artistic director of The Assembly, a Brooklyn-based performance collective that develops design, text and action side-by-side, in search of a visceral and intelligent performance for a new generation, prompting the New York Times to name the group “a cutting-edge young theater collective.”

Company SoGoNo to perform Bird Suite, conceived and directed by Tanya Calamoneri

By University Theater on October 15, 2015

Dancers in flamingo costumePerformances: Friday and Saturday October 23 and 24, 2015, 7:00p.m.
Admission: FREE
Location: Brehmer Theater, Charles A. Dana Arts Building, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346

Bird Suite is an evening-length dance theater piece that explores bird-nature and bird-like personalities in female sexual personae. From a study of elemental avian struggle (four infant birds learning to fly) and the beauty of awkwardness, to more anthropomorphic situations in which pubescent flamingo lawn ornaments dream of Vegas, or steamy scheming swans survey a room to size up the competition, each section reveals a very different kind of bird-energy. The suite creates a dreamscape of exquisite images punctuated by alert, articulate movement.

The sections of Bird Suite to be presented are the seven-minute quartet Hatch, which will be danced by Colgate students and community members, the 13-minute duet Flamingo Flamingo, the 25-minute quintet Ain’t No Swan Lake, and a newly minted duet by Calamoneri and long-time collaborator Micaela Gardner of New Mexico, inspired by ravens and female trickster characters.

New York City-based Company SoGoNo is directed by Colgate dance professor Tanya Calamoneri. The company has received recognition from New York Innovative Theater Awards and funding from NYSCA, NYFA, American Composers Forum Live Music for Dance, Puffin Foundation, and others. Since 2003, the company has presented work in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Kyoto at venues such as Irondale, Ontological Hysteric Theater, 3LD Art & Technology, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Movement Research at NYLA, Temple University, Links Hall, Velocity Theater, and Urban Guild.

Performers: Erin Cairns Cella, Christine Coleman, Mariko Endo, Micaela Gardner, Becky Gough, Dages Juvelier Keates, Allison Spanyer, Emily Rose
Sound Design: Soraya Odishoo and Danny Tunick
Costume Design: Mioko Mochizuki and Vicki Davis