Productions

Through a large, diverse body of work, the Theatre Program provides a solid academic foundation plus the experience of working in a wide range of theatre productions, including mainstage productions in the Boll Theatre and experimental work in the Black Box Theatre, located on the first floor of Raymond L. Fitz Hall. Our majors are required to audition for roles and participate in each mainstage production for academic credit.

Brochures

Spring 2017 Arts at the University of Dayton (pdf) >

2016-17 Theatre and Dance Productions (pdf) >

Fall 2016 Arts at the University of Dayton (pdf) >

Images of Nina Simone and 1950s radio are in public domain.


Nina Simone

Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone & the Black Arts Movement

Presented by Oral Funk Poetry Productions

Co-produced by OFP Productions, the Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Program, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Women’s Center, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

September 16 at 8 p.m.
Boll Theatre in Kennedy Union
General Admission $25, $8 with UD ID

A poetic-dramatic tribute to songwriter, jazz singer, composer, pianist and arranger, Nina Simone, who released the song “Four Women” on her 1966 album Wild Is the Wind. Thulani Davis of The Village Voice called the song “an instantly accessible analysis of the damning legacy of slavery that made iconographic the real women we knew and would become.” Come experience the stories of these four African-American women in a medley of performances highlighting the dynamic experiences of the Black Arts Movement.


Die Fledermaus

Die Fledermaus

An opera by Johann Strauss

Co-produced by the Department of Music and the Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Program.

November 4 & 5 at 8 p.m., November 6 at 2 p.m.
Boll Theatre in Kennedy Union
General Admission $12, $8 with UD ID

Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is a lighthearted story that tells of the revenge taken by a certain Dr. Falke on Gabriel von Eisenstein for playing a practical joke on him.


student with laptop

iDream

Co-produced by the Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Program, Hope Road Youth & Community Theatre, the Department of MIS, Operations Management and Decision Sciences in the School of Business Administration, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Women’s Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network.

December 7 at 8 p.m.
Black Box Theatre in Fitz Hall
General Admission $12, $8 with UD ID

iDream is an original play by UD alumnae Eileen Trauth and Suzanne Trauth about women in information technology (IT) who are tackling the issues of experiencing, internalizing and overcoming barriers to inclusion in a field where women are significantly underrepresented. The characters, plot and dialogue of the play come from interviews with women working in the IT field who have been marginalized by virtue of gender, ethnicity or socio-economic status. In this staged reading performance, meet high school students confronting an uncertain future: They discover careers that interest them but also encounter barriers to the pursuit of their dreams. There will be a post-performance talkback and reception.


Puppets

Enmity of the People

An original adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People co-produced by the Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Program, the Hanley Sustainability Institute, UpLift Physical Theatre, and the Zoot Theatre Company.

February 24 & 25 at 8 p.m. and February 26 at 2 p.m. 
Black Box Theatre in Fitz Hall 
General Admission $12, $8 with UD ID

It is discovered that the source of your town’s water is poisoned. Your leaders assure you there is nothing wrong. How do you know you are safe? Who can you trust? Who holds the power of moral authority and how is it measured? Featuring UpLift Physical Theatre and the Zoot Theatre Company, this brand new imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play, An Enemy of the People, explores how these themes can still persist more than a century later.


Dance

About Being...

Co-produced by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Program featuring DCDC2 and the University of Dayton Dance Ensemble.

March 24 & 25 at 8 p.m.
Boll Theatre in Kennedy Union
General Admission $15, $8 with UD ID

About Being... presents collaboratively crafted new work with the idea of the story circle where people come together and share stories. DCDC2, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s preparatory and preprofessional ensemble, performs with University of Dayton Ensemble dancers. In About Being..., guest choreographers and the dance artists tell their stories through memories, voices and perspectives to reflect identity and revisit the question of self-definition and its relation to the world.


radio show

LIVE ON AIR: Three 1950s Radio Plays

Co-produced by the Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Program and the Department of Communication.

April 21 & 22 at 8 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m.
Boll Theatre in Kennedy Union
General Admission $12, $8 with UD ID

Relive the glory days of radio plays featuring live Foley artistry, 1950s period costumes and simultaneous airing on Flyer TV and Flyer Radio. We will be staging the following one-act radio plays for your retro enjoyment: Father Knows Best by Ed James, I Saw Myself Running by Anthony Ellis and Zero Hour by Ray Bradbury. From family sitcom to eerie suspense, there will be something to please everyone in this staged return to radio.

Ticket Information

Ticket prices unless otherwise noted:

  • General admission: $12
  • UD faculty, staff and students: $8

For ticket information, please call the theatre box office at 937-229-2545, or visit tickets.udayton.edu. For University of Dayton Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program information, call 937-229-3950.

Find Us.

Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program

Fitz Hall 475 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2945

937-229-3950