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Fri, 05/31/2024

Theatre design student earns 1st place at national contest

Two students represented the University of Kansas and showcased their skills as theatrical designers at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National competition in Washington, D.C.
Mon, 04/01/2024

University Dance Company Performs April 5-7, with Kansas City Aerial Arts

University Dance Company Spring Concert, students and choreographers examine the ideas of world-building, connection, and suspense through the artform. Ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and jazz dance styles provide uplift and entertainment in this repertoire concert. ...

Wed, 03/06/2024

KU Theatre explores labor and community in award-winning drama ‘SWEAT’

“SWEAT” was based on research and dialogue that arose from the playwright embedding herself with the working class community of Reading, Pennsylvania, exploring how marginalized people build community and how they respond when that community is divided against itself.
Mon, 02/05/2024

KU to stage ‘Sweeney Todd,’ opening Feb. 16

Before the Broadway national tour begins, a local production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a Musical Thriller” will explore the psyche of the villain and bring Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant melodies to the community with the help of KU’s Opera and Symphony Orchestra.
Fri, 11/17/2023

New musical 'Milking Christmas' goes full-tilt merry

Audiences to the University Theatre’s next production will enjoy cheery musical numbers, over-the-top costumes and sweet storylines driven by even sweeter characters — literally, some of them are gingerbread cookies. Through all that, along with self-aware humor, a satirical message on capitalism and corporate greed emerges. “Milking Christmas, A New...

Wed, 10/25/2023

University Dance Company Presents its Fall 2023 Concert

Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance faculty members, along with a regional guest choreographer, will present work in ballet, hip hop, and modern/contemporary dance styles at the University Dance Company Fall Concert November 3 and 4 at 7:30pm and Nov. 5 at 2:30pm. Featured faculty choreographers are Ashley Brittingham,...

Mon, 08/07/2023

KU Theatre & Dance announces 2023-24 performances

The University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance has unveiled its 2023-24 performance season, which engages talent within the University Theatre, University Dance Company, School of Music and Department of English, among others. Guest artists from professional theatre and dance companies will also contribute to the season’s offerings. ...

Wed, 11/02/2022

University Dance Company Turns Up the Volume at Murphy Hall

Dance Company Fall Concert explores love, community, and self-discovery through professionally choreographed works in ballet, hip hop, and contemporary dance at Murphy Hall Nov. 11-13. ...

Thu, 09/22/2022

KU Theatre & Dance unveils 2022-23 season

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas has announced its 2022-23 season, which offers lightness, love and plenty of action. This year, the University Theatre and University Dance Company, the two production wings inside of the department, are preparing for five in-person productions. ...

Mon, 03/21/2022

University Dance Company Spring Concert March 25-27

weeks of rehearsal, dancers in the University of Kansas Dance Company are eager to perform at the Spring Concert March 25-27. Students working alongside professional choreographers will showcase the artistry and energy of the Department of Theatre & Dance at this repertoire concert, staged in Murphy Hall’s Crafton-Preyer Theatre and...

Wed, 11/10/2021

University Dance Company Fall Concert Nov. 19-21

of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance presents the University Dance Company’s repertory concert featuring original works by KU faculty members Ashley Brittingham, Tristian Griffin, and Maya Tillman-Rayton, as well as guest alumna Ashley Ebner. Ballet, modern/contemporary, and hip hop works will explore the fascinating, fun, and complex ways that...

Tue, 09/07/2021

KU Theatre & Dance Is Back (And Has A Lot to Celebrate)

of Theatre & Dance at the University of Kansas offers escapism, comedy, music, dance and poignant drama in its 2021-2022 season. ...

Tue, 07/06/2021

KU Department of Theatre & Dance names 2021 award winners

The University of Kansas Department of Theatre & Dance recognized 65 students as recipients of its year-end awards and scholarships, totaling over $175,000 in financial support. ...

Thu, 04/01/2021

University Dance Company Spring Concert Responds To Media Overload

Dance Company presents its Spring Concert, highlighting information overload and the many stimuli we experience as we move physically and virtually through the world – one weekend only, April 9-11.* Access is free. For information about this digital presentation and about the choreographers and cast, visit Spring Dance Concert. ...