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Quinnipiac University Theater

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Theatre Arts Center Overview

The Theatre Arts Center on Sherman Avenue

The flexible, 12,000-square-foot Theatre Arts Center is a purposefully designed performance space, featuring a baby Steinway piano and a completely customizable layout.

The facility includes a costume shop and storage, a scene shop, a lighting and management booth and academic spaces, making it the heart of theatric production and performance at Quinnipiac.

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Under the bright lights

Connor Whiteley ’19 auditions for an upcoming performance Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Theatre Arts Center.

Three students with scripts rehearse a scene in the grass outside the Theatre Arts Center building with other students nearby.

Autumn auditions

Students rehearse their scenes outside of the Theatre Arts Center during audition call backs for a fall performance.

2020-21 Season Upcoming Productions

Play Reading: ‘Yellowman’ by Dael Orlandersmith

Join us for a virtual reading of Dael Orlandersmith’s "Yellowman" directed by Aleta Staton.

Friday, October 9, 7:30 p.m. ET | Join→
Saturday October 10, at 2 p.m. ET | Join→
This event will take place virtually and is free and open to the public

About the play:
In "Yellowman," a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Alma and Eugene have known each other since they were young children. As their friendship blossoms into love, Alma struggles to free herself from her mother’s poverty and alcoholism, while Eugene must contend with the legacy of being “yellow”—lighter-skinned than his brutal and unforgiving father.

2020 New Play Festival

The 2020 New Play Festival is a collaboration between The Barrow Group, an off-broadway New York City producing Theater Company, and the Quinnipiac University Theater Program. Traditionally, nearly 50 QU students will take on the roles of playwright, director, actor and stage manager for seven world premier productions at the TBG MainStage Theatre just steps away from Times Square! Below are synopses of some of the productions created by QU students.  

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Nick Fetherston

Playwright of "Not Long Ago, In A Forest Not Very Far Away"

Not Long Ago, In A Forest Not Very Far Away

Kenny wants nothing more than to shoot his Star Wars fan-film, but when Alex shows up at his film sight, Kenny can’t get over the deep disturbance in the Force…

Playwright: Nick Fetherston
Quinnipiac University: Doubt, a Parable (Father Flynn), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Derek), The 2019 New Play Festival (Nick, “Can I Help You”; John, “Warehouse”), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II Puppeteer), The Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast (Brad), As We EMERGE: Monologues of the Formerly Incarcerated (Stage Manager), The 2018 New Play Festival (Stage Manager, “Colby’s Trucks”)
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center: “Growing Pains” NTI Fall 2019 Showcase (Ensemble Member, “The Game of Life”; Company Stage Manager)
The Legacy Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Hamlet (Rosencrantz)
Education: National Theater Institute Fall 2019, Quinnipiac University, Theater Major

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Paige Parton

Playwright of "U-HAUL"

U-HAUL

“U-Haul” explores the final moments once a relationship is over. Alice and Beatrice have come back together for one final moment and are trying to pack up their old apartment, with that pack up feelings and words which were left unsaid. They are looking for closure in their final moments together, however closure look different for both of them.

Playwright: Paige Parton
Quinnipiac University: RAGE the Musical (Assistant Director), Baltimore (Producer), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Director), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Rumors (Cookie Cusack), Dog Sees God (CB’s Sister), The Imaginary Invalid (Stage Manager), The 2019 New Play Festival (Director, “Last Words”; Sheryl, “Surviving The Holidays”) The 2018 New Play Festival (Director, “Watch Your Back”), The 2017 New Play Festival (Stage Manager, “Not a Love Story”; Playwright, “Sloth Season”; Tina, “The Outlines They Live”) 
National Theatre Connections Project 2014: The Crazy Sexy Cool Girl’s Fan Club (Prancheeta) Awards: Alpha Psi Omega, Phi Sigma Tau
Education: Quinnipiac University, Theater Major

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Abby Nasworthy and Matteo Longobardi

Playwrights of "William's Willy"

William’s Willy

William’s Willy is a ri(dick)ulous raunchy comedy about new parents, Ben and Karen, and their newborn son, William. However, they run into a bit of an issue when it comes to discussing his… you know. Maybe their doctor, Christine, can help.

Playwright: Abigail Nasworthy
Quinnipiac University: RAGE the Musical (Assistant Director), The 2019 New Play Festival (Warehouse, Warehouse), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Assistant Director), Next to Normal (Assistant Stage Manager), No Exit (Assistant Stage Manager), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout/Wall), The 2018 New Play Festival (Stage Manager, ‘A Watercolor Sky’), Rumors (Props Coordinator), The Imaginary Invalid (Bonnefoy), Little Shop of Horrors (Assistant Stage Manager)
Education: National Theater Institute Fall 2019, Quinnipiac University, Theater Major

Playwright: Matteo Longobardi 
Quinnipiac University: Bad Jews (Lighting Designer), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Lighting Designer), Next to Normal (Stage Manager), No Exit (Stage Manager) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stage Manager), Rumors (Lighting Designer),  Little Shop of Horrors (Stage Manager), Clark Gable Slept Here (Stage Manager), The Imaginary Invalid (Assistant Lighting Designer), Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Assistant Stage Manager), The Clean House (Assistant Stage Manager), Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Cast (Stage Manager), The 2019 New Play Festival (Vinny, “Special Delivery”; Stage Manager “Surviving the Holidays”)
Education: Quinnipiac University, Civil Engineering major

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Visit Us

Visit the Theatre Arts Center

  • Theatre Arts Center
  • Theatre Arts Center

    
    		                    
    515 Sherman Avenue 
    Hamden, CT 06518
    
    By car: Whitney Avenue to Sherman 
    Avenue. Parking is onsite.
    
    By shuttle: The Green and Orange 
    Loop (between York Hill, Theatre Arts Center 
    and Mount Carmel Campus)

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Students reading scripts in front of a black curtain in the Theatre Arts Center

In the moment

Students audition during call backs for Doubt, A Parable at the Theatre Arts Center.

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“In theater, we teach that it’s not just the big moments that make life meaningful, but all of the small moments in between that make life truly special.”
Kevin Daly, Theater Program Director

More Information

For more information

Kevin Daly
Director of the Theater Program
Assistant Professor of Theater
kevin.daly@qu.edu
203-582-3500

To learn more about the Quinnipiac theater program, please visit qu.edu.