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Theatre

From one year to the next, we try to do things that are very different. It’s all about giving the students a taste of all the genres that are out there and all the different styles that are out there.

Why Study Theatre at Randolph?

The Randolph College theatre program builds the fundamental skills required for performance and technical production and expands students’ understanding of the role theatre plays in our society, its foundation, and how it enriches our lives.

Both theory and application are primary considerations. Regardless of class year, students are encouraged to participate in all phases of production, from acting and play writing to set design and construction.

The theatre faculty members work closely with students to plan for and meet future goals, whether they involve graduate school or a career.

In addition to a theatre major and minor, Randolph offers BFA degrees in design and technology, acting, and directing.

Majors also have opportunities for experience with the College’s Greek Play tradition and our professional company in residence Endstation Theatre.

Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre: Acting

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre: Design and Technology

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre: Directing

Minor in Theatre

Minor in Technical Theatre

Curriculum and Courses

Related Programs

Art

Classics

Dance

English

Media and Culture Studies

The Randolph Experience

Randolph theatre students are exposed to a wide breadth of theatrical expression, emphasizing the best of period and contemporary work and the variety of production styles.

Through coursework and production experiences, majors hone their specialty area of emphasis while cultivating generalist approach which recognizes the interrelationship of actor, script, performing space, and audience.

Areas of emphasis include acting, directing, design and technology.

Faculty mentors work with students to build an individually crafted program of study and set of experiences that maximizes artistic growth and opportunities after graduation.

Productions

The department presents 2-3 productions per year, including at least one on the Thoresen mainstage and one in the Lab Theatre. While serving the campus community, these productions serve as capstone projects for senior theatre majors.

Senior Capstone

A senior production is arranged in consultation with the department and gives theatre majors an opportunity to research and produce a work of their choosing.

Small Classes

Randolph classes are full of engagement and interaction.  Students get the full attention of their professors and develop camaraderie with their classmates.  

The Honor Code

Randolph students live by our Honor Code and act with the highest integrity in both academic and social life.

Study Abroad

Opportunities for study elsewhere, such as in the Washington Semester Programs at the American University in Washington, D.C., as well as study-abroad programs, are available.

Intercultural Competence

All Randolph students learn global citizenship with the capability to accurately understand and adapt to cultural differences and find commonality.

Internships

Randolph students put classroom learning into practice by participating in internships.

With help from the Career Development Center, political science majors have experienced government at work during internships in the congressional offices, federal and state offices, political campaigns, advocacy groups, social service agencies, and more. ing with social service agencies.

Recent internships include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Moms Demand Action, CASA, U.S. State Department, SAWAU.S. House of Representatives, and more.

Research

Randolph College students conduct advanced research projects in their majors with help from the Center for Student Research. They present their findings at the annual Symposium of Artist and Scholars.

Unique Opportunities

The Greek Play

Unique among colleges and universities in the United States, our tradition of the Greek Play goes back to 1909. Every other year, students perform an authentic Greek drama. The production adheres to the original conventions that governed theatre in the time of the great tragedians, believing that the best plays will emerge from the conditions for which they were written.

The College boasts the Mabel K. Whiteside Greek Theatre, a classic outdoor Greek theatre also affectionately known by students as The Dell. This unique facility allows the plays to be performed in daylight for an audience seated in a semi-circle around the performers. 

Learn more about the Greek Play.

Endstation Theatre Company

As Randolph’s professional theatre company in residence, Endstation Theatre Company uses the campus as the home base for its summer program.

Founded in 2007,  Endstation is known for producing new works, reinterpretations of classical plays, and other works chosen specifically for the Central Virginia community based on the historical, current, and cultural events of the area.

Productions are performed in the College’s Thoresen Theatre as well as other campus venues such as the Mabel K. Whiteside Greek Theatre (aka The Dell) and Michels Plaza as well off-campus sites like Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the Academy Center for the Arts  and the Old City Cemetery.

Endstation also hosts the Embark! Youth Theatre Conservatory, a 2-week summer program held at Randolph which gives rising 3rd through graduating 12th graders the opportunity to hone their skills under the direction of theatre professionals from around the region and nation.

Randolph College students enjoy apprenticeship opportunities, workshops, and access to Endstation’s specialized designers, technicians, and artists.

More information: www.endstationtheatre.org

Sock and Buskin

Sock and Buskin, the student drama club, supports the theatre productions and promotes drama as an essential part of life at the College.

Outcomes

Historic Preservation Law

Janie Campbell ’12, history major
Preservation Consultant, law firm of Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC, Columbia, South Carolina

Janie’s group works with developers seeking tax credits for rehabilitating historic properties.

“I work closely with project architects to ensure that historic, character defining elements of each building are preserved and restored, which can vary tremendously as what is significant to a 1929 airplane hangar is vastly different from what makes a 1963 mid-century modern motel unique!”

She writes National Register of Historic Places nominations and Historic Preservation Certification applications, which detail the property’s significance.  She also conducts site visits to ensure work is being completed as described and photographs the before, during, and after conditions of each project.

“Randolph certainly laid the foundation for my research and writing skills. The Summer Research Program, in particular, prepared me for the type of place-based research I do now. “

Opportunities

Top Ranked Professors

Randolph College’s faculty are consistently recognized as among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review ranked the College in the Top 20 for most accessible professors in the 2021 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 387 Colleges.

Randolph has been ranked in the top 20 for most accessible professors for four consecutive years.

Theatre Faculty

Stephanie Earl

Associate Professor of Theatre

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Amy Cohen

Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of Speech and Theatre, Director of the Center for Ancient Drama

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Patrick Earl

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre

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Heather Sinclair

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Technical Director

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Current Season

Hammered - A Thor and Loki Play, Squirrel Girl Goes to College

The 2021 Randolph College Greek Play: Heracles and Deianeira
by Sophocles
October 1-3, 2021

Marvel Double Feature
Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play
by Christian Borle
and
Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play
by Karen Zacarias
November 16-21, 2021

The Spitfire Grill, a musical
Music and book by James Valeq
Lyrics and book by Fred Alley
February 24-27, 2022

View productions from previous seasons.

Only at Randolph

Randolph students can take advantage of unique programs which give them a more enriching education than can be found anywhere else.

Money for Your Research

The Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) program provides every student a $2,000 grant to fund research, creative work, experiential learning or other scholarly pursuits.

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The Liberal Arts Advantage

Randolph graduates learn to think critically, solve problems and work well with others. They are prepared to succeed in all aspects of life.

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The Randolph Plan

Randolph students work with faculty mentors to explore a broad range of disciplines as they chart their academic path.

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TAKE 2

Two courses per half-mester means you get to focus in and dig deep into your coursework while still having time for the rest of the college experience. Two classes. Seven weeks. Repeat.

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Department News

The Marvel Universe comes to Randolph: ‘Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play’ and ‘Squirrel Girl Goes to College’ open Nov. 18

A superhero who can talk to squirrels. A high school graduation crashed by Dr. Doom. Another chapter in the match-up […]

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Randolph’s beloved Greek Play returns with the tragedy ‘Heracles & Deianeira’

"Heracles & Deianeira," traditionally referred to as Sophocles’ "Women of Trachis," is about the titular married couple and a misunderstanding between them that causes Heracles to become very ill.

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Randolph announces 2020-21 Academic & Leadership Awards

2020-21 award winners

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The Marvel Universe comes to Randolph: ‘Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play’ and ‘Squirrel Girl Goes to College’ open Nov. 18

A superhero who can talk to squirrels. A high school graduation crashed by Dr. Doom. Another chapter in the match-up […]

Read More

Randolph’s beloved Greek Play returns with the tragedy ‘Heracles & Deianeira’

"Heracles & Deianeira," traditionally referred to as Sophocles’ "Women of Trachis," is about the titular married couple and a misunderstanding between them that causes Heracles to become very ill.

Read More

Randolph announces 2020-21 Academic & Leadership Awards

2020-21 award winners

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Department Chair

Stephanie Earl

Associate Professor of Theatre

Credentials:B.A., Greensboro College
M.F.A., University of Houston
Associated Departments:Theatre
Office:Leggett 309
Phone:4349478563
Email:searl@randolphcollege.edu

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A professional performer, Stephanie Earl enjoys sharing her knowledge of the stage with Randolph students in acting and directing classes.

After completing her M.F.A. in Texas, she served as adjunct professor at the University of Houston and at Lone Star College and also taught acting and dance classes for children.

In Virginia, Earl was a member of the Barter Players and Barter Theatre Equity Resident Company at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and since 2011 has been a member of the American Shakespeare Center Touring Troupe. She also previously served as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin College.

Earl has worked professionally as an actor, director, and choreographer for the last 15 years. She earned her B.A. in theatre performance and dance from Greensboro College and her M.F.A. in acting from The University of Houston PATP.

Earl began working as an actor at The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) in 2011. Roles include Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi. Other regional theatre acting work includes credits from The Barter Theatre, Main Streen Theatre Houston, Endstation Theatre, and The Farm Theatre.

Her work as a director and choreographer has been seen by audiences at The American Shakespeare Center, Randolph College, and Main Street Theatre, Houston. She directed and choreographed three productions for The American Shakespeare Center last year. Her most recent project, Anne Page Hates Fun, was a world premiere and the first production in the ASC’s world renowned Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries series. Her direction for the ASC’s 2018 production of A Christmas Carol received praise from DCMetro”…with Stephanie Holladay Earl’s intricately-woven choreography and direction, this new production soars in ways I never thought possible.” Stephanie spent last summer performed with Endstation Theatre Company, appearing in Tuesday’s with Morrie and The Bluest Water: A Hurricane Camille Story.

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Amy Cohen

Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of Speech and Theatre, Director of the Center for Ancient Drama

Credentials:B.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Stanford University
Associated Departments:Classical Studies, Theatre
Email:acohen@randolphcollege.edu
Website:https://www.randolphcollege.edu/greekplay/

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I received a B.A. in Classics (Greek) at Yale University, and then a Ph.D. in Classics, with a minor in Comparative Literature, at Stanford University. My doctoral work focused on the interpretive implications of doubling and the three-actor convention in Greek tragedy.

At Randolph my students and I put that work on its feet by continuing the R-MWC Greek Play tradition, begun in 1909 by Greek Professor Mabel K. Whiteside. Directing the plays provides insight into the realities facing the ancient playwrights, and my research continues to argue that you cannot understand the plays without understanding how they were played. I have now directed twelve productions using original practices, eleven in the Whiteside Greek Theatre on campus and one in Greece as part of the 2009 summer travel seminar, “Practical Wisdom: Philosophy and Drama in Greece.”

Although Greek drama is my specialty, I love teaching any course that leads students into an understanding of ancient literature and culture, in translation or in the original language. I haven’t met an obscure grammatical term I don’t love, and I do my best to inspire your passion for them as well in my ancient Greek courses. I also try to help students remember that the point of learning that declension or conjugation is to be able to read the words of the ancients, and to draw us that much closer to understanding them and their importance to us.

When I have time, I see movies, read novels, and knit. I live happily on Garland Hill with my husband Chris, my sons Spencer and Leo, and my daughter Helen.

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Patrick Earl

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre

Credentials:B.S., Aquinas College
M.F.A., University of Houston
Actor Combatant, Society of American Fight Directors
Associated Departments:Theatre
Email:pearl@randolphcollege.edu

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Heather Sinclair

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Technical Director

Credentials:B.A., Ball State University
M.F.A., Kent State University
Associated Departments:Theatre
Office:Leggett 417
Phone:4349478327
Email:hsinclair@randolphcollege.edu
Website:https://www.heatherrsinclair.com/

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Heather earned a B.S. in theatre design and technology from Ball State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre studies with a focus in technical direction. She currently teaches Stagecraft, oversees the production labs, oversees production of the theatre department shows, works with the Dance department as lighting designer and co-technical director for their concerts, and teaches a freshman experience course.

Recently, Heather served as season technical director for Endstation Theatre Company, Randolph’s professional theatre company in residence. She takes an active role in the College and is excited to work with students.

She has previously worked as the season technical director at the Theater at Monmouth and Porthouse Theatre. She has strong ties with Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, VA and has worked there as a props artisan, props master, and assistant technical director/draftsman.

Heather has also worked with Midland Community Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Chagrin Falls Academy for the Performing Arts.

Additional work at Randolph College includes scenic designer for She Kills Monsters and Medea, faculty advisor for the student theatre club “Sock and Buskin”.

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