School of Theatre & Dance

2014 -15 Theatre and Dance Season

by Eugene Ionesco
Directed by David Frankel

Oct 2-4 & Oct 8-11 at 8pm
Oct 5 & 12 at 3pm
Theatre 2
, Tampa Campus

Two friends –Jean and Berenger – meet up in a coffee house to talk and shockingly, a rhinoceros rampages across the square.  The next day, Berenger arrives late for work.  Mrs. Bœuf, the wife of a fellow employee, appears to say that her husband has turned into a rhinoceros and more are filling the streets!  Alarmingly, almost everyone in town has succumbed to rhinoceritis!  Will Berenger also succumb?  Rhinoceros – a funny, absurd play with a political message for our times.


CHOREOGRAPHERS – Maurice Causey, Sarah Gamblin, Donna Mejia, Patrick Damon Rago, Andrew Carroll, Michael Foley, John Parks

Nov 6-8 & Nov 12-15 at 8pm
Nov 9 at 3pm
Theatre 2, Tampa Campus

With guest choreographers and choreography by faculty members Andrew Carroll, Michael Foley and John Parks this is a concert not to be missed!  Guest choreographers include: Maurice Causey, former Ballet Master for the Royal Swedish Ballet and The Netherlands Dance Theatre 1; Sarah Gamblin, dance faculty at Texas Woman’s Univ. and founder of Dance Lab; Patrick Damon Rago, Chair of the Dance Dept. at Loyola Marymount Univ. in Los Angeles; and Donna Mejia -- choreographer, lecturer, teacher, administrator and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, and new fusion traditions in world electronica. Mejia is amongst a handful of artists authorized to instruct the Brazilian Silvestre Modern Dance Technique.

A Musical Theatre Cabaret

Directed by Georgia Mallory Guy

Nov 21 & 22 at 8pm
Theatre 2, Tampa Campus

Join us for an enchanting evening of musical theatre highlights!


by Charles Dickens

Adapted by Mike Poulton

Feb 19-21 & Feb 25-27 at 8pm
Feb 22 & 28 at 3pm
Theatre 2, Tampa Campus

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

The sweeping story by Charles Dickens comes to life on stage - a tale of love and loss, a tale of revolution and redemption.  Don't miss the exciting new adaptation of this classic story - a love triangle played out against the backdrop of the French Revolution.


CHOREOGRAPHERS: Alonzo King, Robert Moses, Paula Nunez, and more...

March 20-21 & March 26-28 at 8pm

March 22 at 3pm
Theatre 1, Tampa Campus

Don’t miss this exciting evening of dance which includes pieces by guest choreographers, original student work and a work by faculty member Paula Nunez. Guest choreography includes a piece originally choreographed by Alonzo King, visionary choreographer and founder of Alonzo King LINES Ballet; a work by Robert Moses, founder of Robert Moses KIN whose choreography can be found in the repertories of some of today's hottest dance companies, set on our students by faculty member Bliss Kohlmyer.  Additionally this concert will feature an original ballet piece choreographed by faculty members Paula Nunez, Andee Scott, Jeanne Travers and original works choreographed by our most talented dance students.  The Spring Concert promises to be an exciting evening of dance.


by Johnna Adams
Directed by Fanni Green

April 9-11 & April 16-18 at 8pm
April 12 & 19 at 3pm
Theatre 2, Tampa Campus

A parent/teacher conference begins as a mystery, with a mother seeking answers as to why her son, Gidion, has been suspended from his 5th grade class. The teacher is apprehensive, but begins to reveal the cause for Gidion's suspension.  Their discussion develops into a dramatically charged collision of blame, freedom of expression, the failure of our school system, and personal responsibility. Gidion’s Knot is a heart-wrenching, adult-oriented drama by Princess Grace Award winner, Johnna Adams.


Sola, an evening of solo dances
Aug 29-30 at 8pm
Theatre 2, Tampa Campus

Sola, an evening of solo dances for and by women, is the premiere performance of Dance Linkages, a new project created by USF Faculty member Andee Scott to build a contemporary network of artists connecting across disciplines to develop and perform new work.

This first performance brings together female choreographers working at universities across the country. Curated by Andee Scott and sponsored by the USF School of Theatre and Dance, the roster includes Amy Chavasse (University of Michigan Ann Arbor), Tzveta Kassabova (Middlebury College), Pam Pietro (NYU Tisch School of the Arts), Mary Williford-Shade (Texas Woman's University), and USF's own Bliss Kohlmyer and Andee Scott.

The performance will premiere in Tampa, FL, then tour to each artist's "home" institution in 2014-15.

USF College of the Arts / WMNF Community Radio and the Hillsborough County Arts Council present the fourth installment:
"StudioMNF...The Arts at USF"
Sept 22 at 7pm
TAR 120, Theatre Center, Tampa Campus

Thanks to a generous grant to WMNF Community Radio from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners, WMNF and USF present the fourth installment of StudioMNF which will celebrate the Arts at USF. This performance will be a “site-specific” evening of theatre, dance, music, history and information that will bring to life the vivid and exciting community that is USF.  USF College of the Arts is thrilled to come together with WMNF to bring you presentations and performances from the Schools of Architecture, Music, Theatre and Dance -- highlighting unique aspects of USF Arts to the Bay Area listening community.  We are excited to announce that Linda Saul-Sena will be introducing the show.

The performance will be taped live for rebroadcast on WMNF.

BFA Dance Showings
Dec 3 at 6pm & 8pm -- Theatre 2, Tampa Campus
April 22 at 7pm -- Theatre 1, Tampa Campus (tickets are $5 at the door)

Watch the DanceUSF end of semester work!

Student Dance
Feb 13-14 at 8pm
Feb 15 at 3pm
Theatre 1, Tampa Campus

Support the talented students of DanceUSF at the Student Dance Production Board's annual performance.  The concert features a variety of student works -  solos to large ensembles,  ballet to modern -- there is something for everyone! Enjoy an evening of innovative dance, play, movement, and expression at the University of South Florida.

Emerging Student Playwrights Staged Reading
April 12 & 13 at 7pm
TAR 120, Theatre Center, Tampa Campus

An evening of staged readings -- plays written by USF students coming out of the Lily Dishman Playwriting Program, new this 2014-15 school year.  Come and enjoy works by these young, emerging playwrights.

TheatreUSF Honors Production
April 20-21 at 7pm
TAR 120, Theatre Center, Tampa Campus

This event is free, but donations are appreciated and will go to future Student Theatre productions
Shakespeare – by any other name would he smell as sweet?  Find out as our USF Honors students pay homage to the Bard, presenting their own adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.

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