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.

Spring Musical Auditions

Thebes, a New Musical

Created by: Danilo Gambini, Emma Hathaway, Katie Hathaway and Solon Snider

Directed by: Danilo Gambini

General Auditions
  • November 10, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. ET

  • November 11, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. ET

Students only need to audition on one of those dates.

Auditions will be held over Zoom.

Join the auditions over Zoom

Call Backs
  • November 13, 1 to 5 p.m.

In person, at the Theatre Arts Center. Get directions

 

What do I prepare for general auditions?
Students should prepare a song that showcases their voice. It should be accompanied by a track or acapella.

What do I prepare for callbacks?
Those who are called back will receive a short song to learn from the musical Thebes. The composers will be in the audition room to play the song, teach it and do vocal exercises.

The students will also receive a short scene from the musical to do in the audition room.

Don’t worry, it will be easy material to learn.

What are the show dates?

  • Friday March 4, 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday March 5, 2 p.m.

  • Saturday March 5, 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday March 6, 2 p.m.

​Will this show be in person?
Yes! This show will be entirely on-ground, with a live audience.

Rehearsals and performances will all take place at the Quinnipiac Theatre Arts Center.

Are there substantial roles for students of color?
Yes! All students, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability or sexuality will be considered for every role in this play.

Can I participate if I am entirely remote for the spring semester?
Unfortunately, no.

Are there other opportunities beyond acting in this show?
Yes! Please contact abigail.copeland@qu.edu and rosalie.bochansky@qu.edu to learn more about run-crew and other backstage opportunities, production positions and stage management.

Is there anything else you can tell me about this production?
Here's a note from the director that you may find helpful:

"Thebes is a new musical in development that centers on the family of Oedipus, Jocasta, Antigone, Ismene, Polynices, Eteocles, Creon… Remember Oedipus? Who killed his father and married his mother? We also have the Sphinx, our hostess for the night — with all her messy riddles.

This musical explores how power navigates through time, passing from hand to hand, and how conflicts seem to never end. It is also a fun night at a dungy bar where time is a construct and life and death co-exist. We might try some TikTok choreographies, too? Who knows.

Musicals usually need many developmental workshops before they're ready to hit the big stages. Thebes will have its first workshop production at Quinnipiac."

What's a “Workshop Production?"
In the professional industry, workshops are used to explore the best ways to bring a musical to life. Songs will change, new ones will be written, scenes will come and go. We'll focus our efforts on the acting, singing, and dancing — with less emphasis on the costumes and scenic elements (although we'll have some of that stuff, too!). And Quinnipiac students will be the very first to deliver it all to an audience.

This will be a fun, deep dive into how musical theater is made, into Greek Mythology — and include some dance moves.

What if I still have questions?
Contact the theater program director at: kevin.daly@qu.edu

Learn more about the creative team:

Director’s Message

Kevin Daly, Theater Program Director
Kevin Daly

Theater Program Director

Welcome to QU Theater!

Whether you’re a prospective student, current student, alumnus or member of our Hamden community, you’ve come to the right place if you have an interest in theater.

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.

Want to perform on stage or be an integral part of our team behind the curtain? We have a ton of opportunities including faculty-led productions, a student theater organization, improv, musical theater and new play development — and you don't have to be a theater major to participate.

Did you know we have high-quality live theater right here in Hamden? Join us at our Theatre Arts Center, where we bring in guest artists from New York, New Haven and around the country to develop new plays and musicals with our students, as well as imaginative interpretations of the classics.

If you’re looking for community, you’ll find it here. I did, 20 years ago as an undergraduate at Quinnipiac. Back then we didn’t have a major or even a minor, but we had a community of enthusiastic and committed students and faculty who appreciated the meaningful experiences and lifelong friendships born from rigorous involvement in theater. That sense of community is still at the heart of what we do today.

Are you a prospective student? I’d be delighted to hear from you. Let’s meet to discuss your interests and goals in theater — I’d love to tell you more about what makes QU theater special.

Regardless of what brought you here, I hope you’ll consider joining us!

Kevin

Kevin Daly, Theater Program Director

Email: kevin.daly@qu.edu

Phone: 203-582-3500

Thebes - A New Musical

Directed by Danilo Gambini

  • In development through Quinnipiac University and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre

  • Collaborators: Danilo Gambini, Katie Hathaway, Emma Hathaway, and Solon Snider

Spring 2022 production dates to be announced.

New Play Festival of Student Work

April 22-23, 2022

  • Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

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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.