Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University Theater

The Theatre Arts Center, located just around the corner from the York Hill Campus, is a 12,000-square-foot facility featuring a two-story black-box theater, scenic shop, design studios, classrooms, faculty offices, a student lounge and additional rehearsal space. It is the perfect space for Quinnipiac to stage their world-class productions.

Upcoming Productions

Poster for Bulgaria! Revolt! with information on production

‘Bulgaria! Revolt!’

Written by Miranda Rose Hall
Directed by Elizabeth Dinkova

BULGARIA! REVOLT! Is a new folk-rock musical epic co-created by director Elizabeth Dinkova, playwright Miranda Rose Hall and composer Michael Costagliola. A fantasia based on real historical events, this musical begins in 1925, with the jaded Bulgarian poet Geo Milev on the eve of his disappearance; he has written a poem to commemorate a failed peasant revolution and his people’s deaths at the hand of the government, but what is a poem good for? When the Devil bursts into his home and tempts him to surrender the poem, the poet and his wife, the idealistic actress Mila, join this mischievous master of ceremonies on a wild ride through a Bulgarian village on the eve of an uprising and an American meat factory on the brink of unionizing to ask: can an artistic act have political significance? Can revolution heal a destitute reality, or is always doomed to end in bloodshed and corruption?

Presented at the Theatre Arts Center:

  • Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 2 p.m.

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New Play Lab 2023

The New Play Lab invites Quinnipiac students from all disciplines to engage in the process of new play development. This is an opportunity for students to try out playwriting and directing and practice working with actors in a supportive environment. To guide the students through this creative exploration each playwright and director is paired with a professional theater artist who will there at every step offering critical feedback and mentorship. This is an exercise in collaboration and in the ability to embrace uncertainly and change as creative engines-skills needed for any 21st century career.

Presented at the Theatre Arts Center:

  • Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 2 p.m.

Theater Events

What do We Need for a Revolution? The Role of Art in Organizing for Political Change

Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in Echlin 101

Join us for a panel discussion with members of the history, theater and political science departments on the themes and impact of the new musical Bulgaria! Revolt!

Panel discussion topics with music from the new musical include:

  • The role of the artist in times of political turmoil

  • The rise of fascism

  • Surveillance, censorship, violent retaliation

  • The nature of revolutionary action

  • Collective action as a tool to combat dehumanization and exploitation (labor movements, unionizing, strikes, etc)

  • Immigration

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Director’s Message

Student actor singing dramatically into a microphone

Welcome to QU Theater!

A Letter from Abbey Copeland

Quinnipiac Theater is the exciting home to new musicals, world-premiere student-written and student-directed plays, theater for the community and so much more!

We offer an exciting theater major and a minor that explore all areas of theater production, performance and design. We’ve developed the program with enough flexibility that you can easily double major in theater and just about any other area of study at the university.

We also have many on and off-stage opportunities including faculty and student-directed productions, a student theater organization, an improv troupe, theater workshops, musical theater and new play development. These opportunities are open to all Quinnipiac students, regardless of major.

You will work with guest artists from New York, New Haven, and around the world to develop new plays and musicals, as well as imaginative interpretations of the classics. Be a part of a world premiere!

Quinnipiac Theater also works in partnership with individuals and organizations in using the power of theater within the community. Projects in recent years have included the musical Rage and the As We Emerge project, which focused on gun violence and stories of those recently incarcerated, respectively.

This program is highly individualized and you will be sure to find a path that’s right for you.

Are you a prospective student? Please contact me to discuss all the opportunities Quinnipiac Theater has to offer.

Quinnipiac Theatre Arts Center

This state-of-the-art facility, located at 515 Sherman Avenue in Hamden, houses the university’s main stage theater, where the university’s annual theater productions are held. The Theatre Arts Center also houses faculty offices, rehearsal rooms, a design studio, a fully equipped scenic shop, dressing rooms and more. All university theater productions and student-run theater productions are housed in this building along with music concerts, dance shows, and other performances. In the summer, the building hosts professional theater companies from around the world.

Getting to the Quinnipiac Theatre Arts Center

Quinnipiac Theatre Arts Center
515 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: 203-582-3500

Interactive Map

Directions from I-91

Take I-91 North or South to Exit 10.
Take Route 40 to the end and turn right onto Whitney Avenue.
Proceed 1.3 miles, turn left onto Sherman Ave.
Proceed .5 miles, Quinnipiac Theater Arts Center is on the right.

Directions from I-95

Take I-95 to I-91 North.
Get off at Exit 10.
Take Route 40 to the end and turn right onto Whitney Avenue.
Proceed 1.3 miles, turn left onto Sherman Ave.
Proceed .5 miles, Quinnipiac Theater Arts Center is on the right.

COVID Safety

All performers are vaccinated and will be unmasked during the performances.

Patrons must show proof of vaccination and are required to wear a mask at all times while in the theater.

It is acceptable to show a photo of your vaccination card on your phone.