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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

Acting workshop: Improvising with Steen Haaken Hansen

By University Theater on October 15, 2015

Join Christian A. Johnson Artist-in-Residence in Theater, Steen Haaken Hansen for a workshop on improvisational acting.

A life dedicated to practice and teaching theater, Steen constantly seeks inspiration in many art forms, cultures and disciplines and has developed new exercises and tasks that make improvisation and corporeal expressiveness relevant to the unique persona of each actor. His workshop will be an introduction to the world of improvised acting, drawing on Keith Jonhstone’s work and his own. It will focus on games and techniques that inspire actors to let truthful scenes emerge on stage.

Improvising for Steen is very much about framing the work in a way that allows the performer’s acting skills to merge with their creative talent, and the willingness to inspire their partner in order to release their partner’s imagination.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 23, 2015, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Production directed by Adrian Giurgea opens in Estonia

By University Theater on September 23, 2015

On September 23, “Strange Orchestra” will open at the Linnateater (City Theater) in Tallinn, Estonia. The production of Rodney Ackland’s play is directed by Colgate faculty member Adrian Giurgea.

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A warm welcome to the Class of 2019

By University Theater on July 10, 2015

We have prepared some information especially for the incoming Class of 2019; just click the image below to learn more. Welcome to Colgate!

Cover of first-year information sheet

Dani Solomon ’13 premieres new solo performance

By University Theater on June 18, 2015

ONE WAY RED, a new solo performance by Dani Solomon ’13, is inspired by the very real plans one very real organization has set in motion to establish the first human colony on Mars. Though doubted by the likes of NASA and SpaceX, this non-profit has received hundreds of thousands of applications to be among the first Martian settlers, and they’ve narrowed it down to the top 100. They’re not looking for just scientists or astronauts because the whole project will be funded through a reality TV series.

This one-woman show asks what kind of person would give anything for a one-way ticket to the red planet. ONE WAY RED is an exploration of bravery, naïveté, folk-singing, reality television and the ubiquitous search for “something else out there” amidst the creeping fog of boredom and loneliness.

  • Friday, June 19th @ 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 20th @ 7 p.m.
  • Friday, June 26th @ 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27th @ 7 p.m.

Reservations are not required, but they are helpful. To make one, email shoutsytix@gmail.com.

Headlong Studios
1170 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143

PYWC: Suggested Donation of $10

This performance is part of SoLow Fest 2015.

One Way Red promotional photo