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Spring, 2022: Curiosity & Delight

This semester’s season is all about what it means to keep going.

What do we have, two years into the most profound disruption our social institutions have experienced in decades? What drives us to keep exploring, to keep making, to keep performing? What is it inside you, as a theatremaker and as a student, that says “keep going, you’ll like where you end up”?

Off-campus guests are welcome to attend our performances. All off-campus guests will be required to present either:

  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 received within 72 hours of the performance. Rapid tests will not be accepted. 

Off-campus guests will also need to present valid identification that confirms the name on the vaccination/test documents.

The State of New York’s Excelsior Pass application can serve as proof of vaccination.

If you do not have these documents at the door, you will be turned away and will not be able to see the performance.

For more information about any of these productions, please contact Conservatory Director Jack Tamburri. You can also read Purchase College’s complete COVID-19 policies, including face-covering, vaccination, and visitor protocols.

All seats at all performances are free of charge and first-come-first-served. Please arrive early with the appropriate documentation to see our shows.

Now Playing:

Acting Company 46 Showcase

The capstone for the BFA Acting class of 2022. The Showcase is a set of two-person scenes from contemporary theatre, film, and television produced in collaboration with the Film BFA and Theatre Design/Technology programs.

Watch the Showcase

Past Events:

Mac Beth, adapted from Shakespeare by Erica Schmidt

Directed by Chelsea Muller
Featuring Sara Meade, Chris Padro, & Rossy Veras

CMFT Amphitheater
May 12-15, 2022

The sharp 2020 adaptation in which young women enact Shakespeare’s tale of violent ambition, produced as a capstone project in Theatre & Performance.

Digital playbill for Mac Beth

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town

Directed by Leon Brown

Sophomore Studio
May 6-May 14

The debut of Acting Company 48, produced by the company for an on-campus audience. Wilder’s unflinching examination of inner life is just as present now as it has ever been.

Plays In Performance: A Senior Project Reading Series

May 12-14
Durst Humanities Theater

Readings of Theatre & Performance senior projects in dramatic writing.

SUBJECTED: The Altruist written and directed by Adrienne Torres
Thursday, May 12 @ 7:30

Digital playbill for SUBJECTED: The Altruist

Death To Masculinity written by Isaiah Martinez and directed by Leandra Torres
Friday, May 13 @ 7:30

Digital playbill for Death To Masculinity

My Body, My Health, My Choice! written and directed by Francesca Eisenhut
Featuring Raven Parham and Michael Friary
Saturday, May 14 @ 1:00

Digital playbill for My Body, My Health, My Choice!

The Black Belle written by Assata Andrews
Directed by Mack Gomes
Saturday, May 14 @ 7:30

Digital playbill for The Black Belle

Make It Play

CMFT Performance Studio
May 13-14, 2022

A pair of urgent original works created and performed by students in Acting and Playwriting/Screenwriting.

Digital playbill for Make It Play

Theatre Design/Technology Portfolio Finale

Performing Arts Center, Upper Lobby
Tuesday, May 10, 4:00 - 8:00pm

The Design/Tech class of 2022 will present their portfolios of design and production work to the campus community and industry professionals. All are welcome to drop in at any time during the event.

The Most Beautiful Suicide by Karlo-Filomena Yao

CMFT Performance Studio
May 5-7, 2022

An evening of spoken-word-as-pop-performance, produced as a capstone project in Theatre & Performance.

Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1

Directed by Petronia Paley

CMFT Performance Theater
April 28-May 7, 2022

The final production featuring Acting Company 46, created in collaboration with Theatre Design/Technology. The origin story of an empire at the height of its power. What do the myths of our great leaders tell us about ourselves?

Digital playbill for Henry IV Part 1

Theatre & Performance Presents: Ushuaia Blue, A Conversation with Caridad Svich

Fri, May 6 @ 9am
Live on Zoom

Please join Professor Andrew Saito’s Theatre & the Climate Crisis class to speak with playwright Caridad Svich about her new play, Ushuaia Blue:

Jordan is a marine biologist. Sara works in bio-acoustics and film. They have been traveling to do research in Antarctica for some time now. On a recent trip, Sara connects with Pepa, who is native to Ushuaia, Argentina, at the southernmost tip of the world. This connection begins to affect how she sees the world and how she begins to hear the music of the ice. As Jordan and Sara’s relationship as a couple becomes more fragile, Sara suffers an accident. In the land of spirit dreaming, suffering and awakening, lessons are learned about life and climate change. A love story set against the backdrop of climate science, this play was inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright with polar marine biologist James McClintock (author of non-fiction book LOST ANTARCTICA).

Theatre & Performance Presents: Native Made — a conversation with Opalanietet

CMFT Performance Theater
Wednesday, May 4 @ 12pm

Join us for a performance and Q&A about Native American performance practice.

Ryan Victor Pierce or “Opalanietet” is a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribal nation of New Jersey. Upon graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Opalanietet has performed in workshops and productions at such renown New York theatrical institutions as New Dramatists, LaMaMa E.T.C. and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. In November of 2020, Opalanietet made history by giving the first-ever Lenape Land Acknowledgement at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC.

In 2012, Opalanietet founded Eagle Project, a theater company dedicated to exploring the American identity through the performing arts and our Native American heritage, Through his leadership, Eagle Project has collaborated with and performed at the Public Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Ashtar Theater in Palestine. In April of 2020, Eagle Project collaborated with the American Indian Community House of New York City and First Nations Theatre Guild to create Native Theatre Thursdays, a virtual reading series of new Native work.

Opalanietet is currently studying for his doctorate in Theatre & Performances Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. He is scheduled to have an audio play he wrote, titled “West Side Quest,” to debut later this spring/summer at Playwrights Horizons.

Marisol by José Rivera

Directed by Mari
Featuring Kimberly Hernández & Seth Thompson
Costume Design by Kimberly Hernández

CMFT Performance Studio
April 28-30, 2022

The 1993 Obie-winner, produced as a capstone project in Theatre & Performance. Marisol is an absurdist play that follows Marisol Perez through her journey navigating an apocalyptic version of her home, the Bronx, as she’s confronted with experiences that reveal to her some of her deepest fears about the world and herself.

Digital playbill for Marisol

Theatre Arts Anti-Racism Task Force Presents: The Art of Costume Design & A Life of Breaking Barriers

Wednesday, April 27 @ 12pm
Fully remote, live on Zoom

Presented by the Theatre Design/Technology program, and co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center.

Paul Tazewell has been designing costumes for Broadway, television, movies, dance, and opera for over thirty years! He is most well-known for his work with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the Broadway hit Hamilton.

Paul got his start on Broadway designing the groundbreaking musical ‘Bring in Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, directed by George C. Wolfe. Other Broadway credits include In the Heights; Ain’t Too Proud; The Color Purple; Dr. Zhivago; Memphis; Caroline, or Change; Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam; Revival work includes Side Show; A Streetcar Named Desire; Jesus Christ Superstar; Guys and Dolls; A Raisin in the Sun and On the Town.

In 2021 Paul designed Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the Met’s first opera written by a Black composer.

Paul’s work on screen includes: Harriet, Stephen Spielberg’s West Side Story, and Hamilton (on Disney+). You may have also seen some of his TV work: The Wiz Live! On NBC, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks starring Oprah Winfrey.

In 2016, he received an Emmy Award for NBC’s The Wiz! Live, as well as a Tony Award for Hamilton. Other notable honors include two Lucille Lortel Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, a CDGA Award, a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship, and The Princess Grace Statue Award.

Paul holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts. He has been privileged instructing students as a guest artist at both New York University and North Carolina School of the Arts. From 2003-2006, he held a faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University.​

Theatre & Performance presents: Ryan O’Connell and Jessica Hecht

Monday, April 25 @ 6:30pm
Fully remote, live on Zoom

Please join Professor Michi Barall and the Theatres of Dis/ability class in a public talk by creator/performers Ryan O’Connell and Jessica Hecht about their Emmy-nominated Netflix show Special.

Special is a semi-autobiographical sitcom based on O’Connell’s memoir, I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, which chronicles his life as a gay man with cerebral palsy. The show has been heralded as groundbreaking in its depiction of the intersections between sexuality and disability. Both actors were nominated for Emmys for their performances in the show.

Love Thyselves

by Ayeraye Hargett

Saturday, April 23 @ 7:30pm
Durst Humanities Theater

Premiere screening of a capstone project in Theatre & Performance.

Digital playbill for Love Thyselves

Theatre Arts and Film present: Workshop in Intimacy Direction with Lauren DeLeon

Thursday, April 21 @ 12:30pm
PAC Concert Hall

Are you interested in learning more about the developing field of Intimacy Direction and Intimacy Coordination in the professional theatre and film fields? Join Theatre & Performance alumna Lauren DeLeon for an interactive workshop introducing Purchase students to concepts in this field.

Spring Repertory

Abbott Kaplan Repertory Theater
April 2-7, 2022

Two brilliant comedies, featuring the work of Acting Company 47 and Theatre Design/Technology.

Robert O’Hara’s Barbecue

Directed by Logan Pitts

2015’s rawest satire. What’s the difference between comedy and tragedy?

Digital playbill for Barbecue

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot

Directed by Virginia Scott

The classic play in a new production directed by master clown teacher Virginia Scott. If life is a joke, what’s the punchline?

Digital playbill for Waiting For Godot

The Christians by Lucas Hnath

Directed by Milan Castro
Featuring Sean Gordon
Dramaturgy by Giovanni Minio

March 31 - April 1, 2022
CMFT Performance Studio

The 2016 Obie-winner, produced as a capstone project in Theatre & Performance. What if you lead where no one wants to follow?

Digital playbill for The Christians

Purchase Performance Lab: A Festival of Senior Projects

Bold, experimental, and moving capstone projects created and produced by Theatre & Performance students.

March 17-19, 2022
CMFT Performance Studio & Durst Humanities Theater

“Some Other Kid” by A. Rey Pamatmat, from Facing Our Truth

Featuring Jiejer Patrick
Directed by Laura Simpson

Digital playbill for Some Other Kid

Thank You Mrs. Pike

Written by and featuring Myles Josephh
Directed by Eryn Harris

The Silent Observer

Written and directed by Leandra Torres
Featuring Sam Espino
Devised by the ensemble

Digital playbill for The Silent Observer

No Longer Human

Adapted from Osamu Dazai’s novel
Written by and featuring Kazuki Ono
Directed by Alyssa Bernstein

Digital playbill for No Longer Human

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

Written by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Raz Golden

CMFT Performance Theater
March 11-19

Students in Theatre & Performance and Theatre Design/Technology collaborate on a new production of this searingly truthful 2012 satire on the legacies of colonialism in theatre. Sometimes good intentions lead bad places.

Digital playbill for We Are Proud To Present…

Theatre Arts Anti-Racism Task Force Presents: Aligning Yourself As An Artist and Being Beholden To the Institution of Your Body

Wednesday, March 16 @ 12pm
CMFT Performance Theater

A masterclass… A Q&A… A Radically-Transparent Tell-All…
An encounter with Diana Oh and Matt Park

Presented by the Theatre and Performance program, and co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center.

Soul Voices - Lift Ev’ry Voice

Wednesday, February 23 @ 7:30pm
Conservatory of Music Recital Hall

A Purchase College tradition! This concert is a Black History Month celebration featuring the Soul Voices Choir led by Pete Malinverni performing classics of Black American vocal music, and Acting Company 47 performing spoken-word works on themes of Black joy and resistance. All are welcome!

More information about this event

Theatre Arts Anti-Racism Task Force Presents: Journey from Book of Mormon to Chicken & Biscuits

Wednesday, February 16 @ 12pm
Live on Zoom

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Kicking off a new lecture series about equity and inclusion in the professional performance fields, Douglas Lyons will discuss navigating his career from Broadway actor to Broadway playwright. This public conversation is open to the entire campus community. The talk will be hosted by Nathaniel Entz, Amani Kojo, Brandalyn Fulton, and Maggie Surovell from the Acting program, and is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center.

Alden Deforming To Life

A film by Daniel Kuriakose
Featuring Isabel Biagiotti & Jackson Stenborg

Friday-Sunday, February 11-13, 2022
CMFT Screening Room

A capstone project for students in the Theatre & Performance program.

The Pirandello Party

Adapted from the writing of Luigi Pirandello
Directed by David Bassuk

December 14-16, 2021
Old Administration Building

Acting Company 47 produces an immersive, site-specific performance in an unexpected location on campus, in collaboration with students in New Media, Theatre & Performance, and the Conservatory of Dance.

The Pirandello Party will be open only to on-campus audiences of faculty, students, and staff of Purchase College.

Digital playbill for The Pirandello Party

Theatre & Performance Presents: a reading of Golondrinas

Monday, December 13 at 10:30am
Neuberger Museum & remotely on Zoom

Please join us for a reading of GOLONDRINAS by innovative Mexican playwright Gabriela Román, in a brand-new English translation by the students of Professor Andrea Thome’s Modern Hispanic Theatre. The reading will take place in person in the Neuberger Museum gallery, in dialogue with the exhibit “The Rise of a Social Consciousness in the Arts of Mexico since the Revolution.”

In GOLONDRINAS, three children migrate in search of their families and a better tomorrow. They cross a whole country on dangerous paths that force them to create a fantastical world, an Odyssey of their own, in order to make their perilous journey bearable. Three lives converge on a shared road of survival, friendship and loyalty.

The reading itself lasts about 45 minutes, and will be followed by a short Q+A with the playwright. If you are attending in person, please RSVP directly to so you can be added to the list. You can also join the event remotely through the link below.

Translated by: Michel Chahade, Royce De Jesus, Leslieann Flores, Mauricio Gonzalez, Jaheim Menzie, Briani Questelles, Randy Santana Hidalgo, Dilia Urbaez, and Rossy Veras.

Gabriela Román is a playwright, director, actor and translator who lives in México City. Her texts have been presented and published in New York, Iowa City, México, Spain and Argentina. Her work has received multiple awards, including the “Independiente de Joven Dramaturgia por Escorzo,” and her play Cósmica was a finalist for the International ASSITEJ-Spain prize and her play Iridiscentes for México’s Mancebo del Castillo National Young Playwriting prize. She has received FONCA’s (National Fund for the Arts and Culture) fellowship grant for Young Creators twice, and has been invited to artistic residencies in New York (at The Lark), Argentina, and Canada. Her play Quetzalli has been translated into Portuguese, and her play Cósmica was translated into English through The Lark’s México-U.S. Playwright Exchange.


Written & Directed by Leah Bickley
Production Stage Management & Assistant Direction by Paola Solis-Ramirez
Dramaturgy by Ryan LeViness
Featuring Brielle Nostro & Ryan LeViness

12/2-4, 2021
Durst Humanities Theater

An original capstone project created and produced by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

Digital playbill for Frame(D)

Life Is A Dream

Written by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Adapted by Gloria Cardona
Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo

11/19-12/4, 2021
PAC Abbott Kaplan Repertory Theater

Acting Company 46 performs in a new adaptation of the classic, created for their voices in collaboration with Theatre Design/Technology.

Digital playbill for Life Is A Dream

Theatre & Performance Presents: a Son Jarocho songwriting workshop with Sinhué Padilla-Isunza

Monday, November 22 at 10:30am
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

Please join us to observe a Son Jarocho verse-writing workshop with master musician Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza, hosted by Professor Andrea Thome’s Modern Hispanic Theatre course!

An expert practitioner and teacher of Son Jarocho music from Southeastern Mexico, Sinuhé will give a musical demonstration of Son Jarocho’s history in bringing together indigenous, Spanish, Roma, and African influences since the time of the Spanish colony, and how it lives on today in communities across Mexico and the U.S.

Then he and Prof. Thome will lead students through a playful, interactive writing workshop in which students in the room will generate material from their own stories and shape it into verses – and which Sinuhé will accompany with music!

The Black Creatives Collective

November 18-20, 2021
CMFT Performance Studio

Hunter X Hollingsworth & Friends: Who Tells Your Story?

Created by and featuring Hunter Hollingsworth
Directed by Tahlia Holmgren

Digital playbill for Hunter X Hollingsworth & Friends: Who Tells Your Story?

For Colored Women

Created by and featuring Fatou Diouf, Dematria Mugeni, Ayeraye Hargett, Aicha Barry, Anna Fofana, Jewel Victor, Kailee-Jade Berrios, Jiejer Patrick, and Alyssa Stanley

Digital playbill for For Colored Women

A double-bill of original capstone projects created and produced by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

Theatre & Performance Presents: Asian American Performers Action Coalition

Tuesday, November 16 at 11:00am
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

A special discussion hosted by Visiting Assistant Professor Michi Barall’s Asian American Theatre and Performance course!

The class will be joined by Pun Bandhu and Nandita Shenoy, steering committee members of AAPAC – The Asian American Performers Action Coalition.

AAPAC publishes The VISIBILITY REPORT which has tracked representation of BIPOC artists on NYC stages. In 2020 AAPAC won an OBIE for their diversity advocacy work. All members of the community are welcome to join the discussion. If you are interested in EDI advocacy, please join us! (Pun and Nandita are also accomplished actors, writers and producers!)

How I Learned To Drive

Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Mari
Featuring Shelby Kline, Caroline Loftus, and Mikayla Schaefer

November 11-13, 2021
CMFT Performance Theater

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, produced as a capstone project by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

Digital playbill for How I Learned To Drive

New Plays Now

Directed by Jessi D. Hill

Saturday, November 6, 2021
CMFT Performance Theater

A festival of short works written by students in the Playwriting program, performed by Acting Company 47.

Digital playbill for New Plays Now

My Love Letter to Godzilla

Created and Performed by Vincent Granata
Directed by Joey Taylor

November 4-6, 2021
CMFT Performance Studio

An original capstone project created and produced by seniors in Theatre & Performance.

Digital playbill for My Love Letter To Godzilla

Theatre & Performance Presents: The Body As the Instrument of Creation

Monday, November 1 at 9am
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

An interactive workshop hosted by Assistant Professor Andrew Saito’s Intro to Theatre & Performance course!

Performance artist and activist Violeta Luna will invite participants to activate the relationships among theatre, performance art, and community engagement.

We highly recommended reviewing Violeta Luna’s work in advance.

The workshop will last about 60 minutes.

Babette’s Feast

Conceived and developed by Abigail Killeen, written by Rose Courtney, adapted from the short story by Isak Dinesen
Directed by A. Dean Irby

October 23-30, 2021
PAC Abbott Kaplan Repertory Theater

Acting Company 47 in their first full-scale production at Purchase College, in collaboration with Theatre Design/Technology.

Digital playbill for Babette’s Feast

A Walrus In the Body of A Crocodile

Written by MJ Kaufman
Directed by Sarah Hughes

October 8-16, 2021
CMFT Performance Theater

A developmental production of a new work by an award-winning playwright exploring gender identity on a college campus. Features students in Theatre & Performance collaborating with students in Theatre Design/Technology.

Digital playbill for A Walrus In the Body of A Crocodile

Playwriting/Screenwriting Presents: A Conversation With MJ Kaufman

Thursday, October 14 at 8:30pm

A live post-performance discussion with playwright MJ Kaufman, director Sarah Hughes, and Playwriting/Screenwriting co-Chair Peggy Stafford after the performance of A Walrus In the Body of A Crocodile on Thurs, 10/14.

Theatre & Performance Presents: Butoh Dance Workshop with Iu-Hui Chua

Thursday, October 14 at 6:00pm
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

An interactive movement workshop hosted by Assistant Professor Andrew Saito’s Intro to Theatre & Performance course!

Choreographer and theatre-maker Iu-Hui Chua will introduce participants to the history and techniques of Butoh, a dance-theatre form originating in postwar Japan.

The workshop will last about 75 minutes.

Fall Festival of Contemporary Drama

October 2-9, 2021
CMFT Performance Studio

Acting Company 46 kicks off the season with a repertory of bold 21st-century plays, including a Pulitzer Prize-winner, in collaboration with Theatre Design/Technology.


Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Christopher McCann

Digital playbill for Everybody


Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Cezar Williams

Digital playbill for Sweat

Theatre & Performance Presents: Hold These Truths

Saturday, September 18 at 5:30pm
Presented fully remotely on Zoom

A special live reading and artist talkback hosted by Visiting Assistant Professor Michi Barall’s Asian American Theatre and Performance course!

Joel de la Fuente (Man in the High Castle) performs an extended excerpt from the award-winning solo show by Jeanne Sakata.​ The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.

An unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi fought passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II he refused to report to a relocation camp with thousands of families of Japanese descent, launching a 50-year journey from college to courtroom, and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. An inspiring true story of conscience amidst conflict, Hold These Truths is a one-man portrait of American character at its best.