University Hall Theatre
Opened for fall of 2016, the University Hall Theatre is home to the Performing Arts Department’s Theatre Program’s mainstage productions, and the annual Spring Dance Concert. A highly versatile black-box theatre, the space can be configured for theater-in-the-round, thrust stage, traditional proscenium, or fully invented configuration for a range of theater offerings.
Our students, with a faculty of professional theatre artists, engage in every facet of making theatre through productions, classes, practicums, and rigorous rehearsal processes. They act, design and build sets, execute light and sound designs. They are stage managers, costume designers, board operators, dramaturgs, and make-up artists. The Dance Program, available as a minor at UMass Boston, showcase student choreographed pieces, from large ensembles to solo works, each spring.
Backstage, UMass Boston theatre arts and dance students enjoy pristine dressing rooms, a constantly busy scene shop, full costume shop, and work with state of the art lighting and sound equipment.
The University Hall Theatre is located on the first floor of the newly completed University Hall. Theatre Arts productions range from contemporary to classics, from big musicals to boisterous comedies to thought-provoking dramas. Keep up with all Performing Arts Events by joining our Facebook Page.
The 2016-17 Season includes:
October 5 & 6
New Voices, New Stories, by UMass Boston Student Playwrights
Produced by Theatre Arts Faculty Ginger Lazarus and Robert Lublin, New Voices is a series of short plays by student playwrights. Done as concert-style staged readings, the works represent a culmination of a competitive process toward finished script, and are all eligible for consideration for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
December 1-3, 7-9
Bat Boy: The Musical, story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Fleming, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, Directed by Carrie Ann Quinn, MFA
Torn from the pages of the Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a comedy horror show about mysterious half-boy, half-bat, discovered in living in a cave in Hope Falls, Virginia.
April 6-8 and 12-14
Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare, directed by Danny Gidron, MFA
Among his most farcical works, Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors is fueled by slapstick, mistaken identify no small amount of witty wordplay.
May 5 & 6
The Spring Dance Concert, directed by Liz Lapuh, co-directed by Danny Swain
The annual performance of UMass Boston’s dance students, who choreograph and perform a myriad of dance styles in a high energy, contemporary celebration of movement.