Join us as we virtually explore various aspects of theater. Learn how to act for the camera, how to focus a lighting instrument, and even help write a show about what happens backstage during a production, all from the comfort of your own home.  

On-Camera Acting Class

Embracing the medium that is currently available for us to collaborate, Dr. Bethany Reeves will lead an ongoing virtual scene study workshop on the basics of acting for the camera. Several short plays are also being considered for performance later in the year. If interested, email Dr. Bethany Reeves.

View from the Backstage 

DeBaun’s production manager will be coordinating the writing of a short, comedic play, performed remotely, about what really happens behind the scenes of a theater production. A mix of inner monologues and real-time reactions of the cast and crew as they encounter the craziness that can happen on any given production night (i.e. quick changes, forgotten lines, late entrances and cues, forgotten props, etc.). Student actors and technical crew will be encouraged to contribute their most harrowing theater stories to the project. For more information, email Shawna Hawkins.

God of Carnage

Presented by Stevens Dramatic Society, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza follows a playground fight between two boys and the parents discussion following the incident. A rational discussion among adults quickly devolves into a childish evening of name-calling, tears and tantrums. Performances are virtual on November 13 at 8 p.m. and November 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets will be necessary (and free) for these online performances, with further details TBA.

The Shakespeare Project 

Our annual Shakespeare production is being planned now for late fall auditions, rehearsing over the winter months with a performance in early spring. The play (TBA) will either be rehearsed and performed fully online or, if possible, filmed in a socially distanced manner. For further information, email Dr. Bethany Reeves. 

Technical Theater Workshops

A series of introductory virtual seminars will be presented covering aspects of theatrical lighting, from systems and instruments to programming and principles of lighting design. Alumni and current theater students will also be encouraged to share their wide range of technical theater expertise in this series. This series is geared toward anyone who would like to know more about the backstage side of theater and how the technical aspects support a show. For more information, email Shawna Hawkins.

General Questions

If you have any general questions or comments, please contact Carl Russell, Director of DeBaun Performing Arts Center.