Theatrical productions are indispensable ingredients in the Department's educational and artistic mission. Performance is a vitally significant laboratory that tests and demonstrates concepts and theories examined in classes. In keeping with the Department's liberal arts philosophy, participation in department productions, both on and off stage, is open to all members of the campus community including non-majors and underclass students. Qualified students, with faculty supervision, also research and create scenic, costume, sound, and lighting designs for mainstage productions.Our productions include:
- The William & Mary Theatre. William & Mary Theatre productions are directed by the faculty and are typically presented on the Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall mainstage. Selection of plays is guided by educational and artistic concerns for students, both majors and non-majors, as well as campus and community audiences. The selection of plays presented on the mainstage looks past any single year to a four year span, ensuring a breadth and depth of theatrical experiences for student participants and audiences.
- The Second Season. The Department sponsors plays directed by students, including original works by student playwrights, which are typically presented in the Studio and Lab theatres. Student directed plays range from workshop presentations by beginning directors to full length productions by selected seniors.
- The Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Selected students, volunteers, and trained artists, from the College and elsewhere, work with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in the summer. The Festival presents works by Shakespeare in repertory, and provides opportunities for advanced studies and practice not feasible during the academic year.