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Knox's theatre program excels at working closely with students to create the best that theatre has to offer -- observation and analysis of all dimensions of human experience, and public performances that engage audiences on multiple levels. The study of theatre offers a means of understanding the world and one's place in it through creative expression in a fundamentally collaborative art form.
Theatre students at Knox learn about all areas of theatrical practice in the classroom and the rehearsal studio by taking courses providing expert training in performance, literature, and design; by collaborating with professors on faculty-directed mainstage productions; and by working independently on student-directed and student-designed productions.
Knox offers courses in acting and directing, dramatic literature and theatre history, design, dramaturgy, and playwriting. The Theatre major requires introductory courses in drama, acting, and design, and a range of upper-level courses that permits students to specialize in their particular areas of practical interest while ensuring that all majors engage in in-depth study of a broad range of dramatic literature.
Five different minors allow students pursuing theatre as a secondary field to focus on one of five areas of concentration, each requiring five credits:
A unique opportunity available at Knox is Repertory Theatre Term, during which students dedicate themselves full-time to the study and production of two major plays. Students take no other courses during "Rep Term." Working together with faculty-members, students form a repertory theatre company in which they serve as actors, designers, and crew. Intensive and rewarding, "Rep Term" is a Knox highlight for many students.
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere—A stage adaptation by Rob Kauzlaric of the much loved fantasy novel. Produced by the company of Rep Term XVII, and featuring the largest set we've ever constructed in Harbach Theatre.
The Secret in the Wings—Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of several fairy tales was the first ever Rep Term production in our blackbox Studio Theatre, performed by an ensemble of thirteen actors each playing multiple roles.
The Island of Slaves—French playwright Pierre Marivaux's 1725 comedy was translated by the faculty director, and developed by the company of student actors, in keeping with the commedia dell'arte roots of the original.
Rapture, Blister, Burn—This penetrating examination of contemporary feminism was directed by Professor Jeff Grace in the same term he taught a popular course on Women Playwrights.
Mosque Alert—Knox presented the college world premiere of this play by Jamil Khoury, who was appointed playwright-in-residence and visited campus several times for workshops with students as he developed the script.
The Caffe Cino Project—Four short plays originally staged in the Caffe Cino—the Greenwich Village coffeehouse-turned-theatre that initiated New York's Off-Off-Broadway movement in the late 1950s. For this production, we built a detailed replica of the Caffe Cino inside Studio Theatre.
Harbach Theatre is a spacious 600-seat main stage (revolving proscenium and thrust), with a computer-controlled lighting system. Studio Theatre, dedicated to student work, is a flexible, yet fully capable experimental stage. Large, fully equipped costume and scene shops complete the facilities, which have been rated third among all colleges and universities in Illinois and by far the best among institutions of comparable size.
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