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Older news items from the Department and its faculty, students, and alumni.

  • Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class explores family dysfunction, desperation
    Muhlenberg College theatre production marks Larry Singer’s return to stage after 20 years. Read more
  • Moving Stories dance concert showcases innovative work by student choreographers
    Dance performance Nov. 17-19 displays talents of 13 young choreographers, more than 50 dancers. Read more
  • Merrily We Roll Along takes audiences backwards through a life in the arts
    Wistful and innovative, Sondheim and Furth's backstage musical opens Oct. 28.  Read more
  • 'Berg Theatre Program named country's best college theatre
    The Princeton Review has ranked Muhlenberg's theatre program No. 1 in the country, in the 2011 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 376 Colleges.  Read more   Rankings
  • MSMT presents a joyful, celebratory Godspell
    The music and the message are the focus in this production of the Broadway hitby Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz.  Read more
  • Larry Singer is Back Stage readers' favorite
    Muhlenberg faculty member is named Favorite Scene Study Teacher and Favorite Acting Coach in New York Readers' Poll.  Read more
  • MSMT offers accessible Godspell performance
    July 17 performance will be offered with Open Captioning and Audio Description for hearing- and visually impaired patrons.  Read more
  • Summer Music Theatre alums are back for The Music Man
    Familiar faces in the first show of the SMT season will include Broadway star David Masenheimer, opera singer Lauren Curnow.  Read more
  • The Tempest receives accolades from collegiate theater association
    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival praises Troy Dwyer and Charles O. Anderson's brave dance-theater adaptation of Shakespeare's classic.  Read more
  • 'Berg Dancers perfom in NYC Alwin Nikolais tribute
    NY Times Dance Review: "The opening 'Crucible' (1985) was splendid: 10 students from Muhlenberg College created shapes behind low mirror panels..."   Feature story     Times Review
  • History and gender are up for grabs in Muhlenberg's joyful Orlando
    Virginia Woolf's groundbreaking tale takes the stage April 28 to explore what we mean when we talk about identity, gender, poetry and love.  Read more
  • Dance theater adaptation of The Tempest delves deeper into Shakespeare's classic
    With its parallel universes, Afro-contemporary choreography, non-traditional casting, and a keen ear for issues of power and privilege, Charles O. Anderson and Troy Dwyer's Tempest is anything but traditional Shakespearean fare.  Read more
  • 2011 Summer Music Theatre Season Announced
    This summer's SMT season will include The Music Man, Godspell, and Cinderella  Read more
  • La Dispute depicts a philosophical battle of the sexes
    Marivaux’s 18th century French comedy, onstage at Muhlenberg College Feb. 24-27, explores questions of infidelity through a shocking sociological experiment.  Read more
  • Master Choreographers displays talents of acclaimed choreographers
    Muhlenberg College showcased world premiere dance works created by seven of the region's most accomplished choreographers, in the College's annual Master Choreographers dance concert, Feb. 10-12.  Read more
  • Charles O. Anderson named a 2011 'Emerging Scholar'
    Diverse magazine has named dance professor Charles O. Anderson as one of twelve Emerging Scholars for 2011. The prestigious designation reflects Anderson's research, educational background, publishing record, and teaching record.  Read more
  • The Morning Call includes three Muhlenberg productions among year's best
    The ten best theatre 2010 productions in the Lehigh Valley included three Muhlenberg productions, according to The Morning Call: The Other Shore, An American Tragedy, and The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee.  Read more
  • The Last Days of Judas Iscariot brings courtroom drama to the next level
    When audiences arrive to see The Last Days of Judas Iscariot they will be thrust into a "transformative world," in which a courtroom in Purgatory has been conjured from an abandoned junior high school classroom.  Read more
  • James Peck provides chapter to theatre historiography book
    Department Chairman James Peck has contributed a chapter titled "Intradisciplinarity in Theatre History: Anne Oldfield's Mrs. Brittle via Brecht's Not/But" to the book Theater Historiography: Critical Interventions, published this summer.  Read more
  • Moving Stories concert showcases innovative work by student choreographers, dancers
    The Muhlenberg College Department of Theatre and Dance presents Moving Stories, a dance concert showcasing the new works of advanced student choreographers, Nov. 18-20 in the College’s Baker Theatre in the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance.  Read more
  • Urban Bush Women to perform at Muhlenberg for ACDF regional dance festival
    The world renowned dance troupe Urban Bush Women will perform March 12 and 14 in Muhlenberg's Empie Theatre, in conjunction with the American College Dance Festival's regional conference, taking place at Muhlenberg March 9-12, 2011. The March 14 performance will be open to the public.  Read more
  • The Pajama Game captures Broadway's Golden Age
    When The Pajama Game opens Oct. 29 on Muhlenberg College's Empie Theatre stage, director Charles Richter wants audiences to feel as though they’ve been transported to the Golden Age of the Broadway musical.  Read more
  • Polaroid Stories opens Theatre & Dance season
    The Muhlenberg College Department opens its 2010-11 mainstage season with Naomi Iizuka's Polaroid Stories, a visceral blend of classical mythology and real-life stories told by street kids. The production is directed by Zach Trebino, a senior theater major at the college. The play runs Oct. 6-10 in the college's 100-seat Studio Theatre.  Read more
  • Charles O. Anderson's World Headquarters world premiere, featuring dance theatre X
    A cataclysm wipes out nearly all of civilization. Scattered bands of human beings survive, roaming and setting up makeshift colonies. But what is the future of humanity — if there is one? Dance professor Charles O. Anderson's dystopian dance piece, written in collaboration with theatre professor Troy Dwyer, premiered Oct. 2, 2010. Developed in conjunction with the Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance Department, the performance featured Anderson's Philadelphia-based dance theatre X, including several Muhlenberg alumni.  Read more
  • Parade Ground Unit debuts with Judith/Dresses/Joe
    The performance laboratory Parade Ground Unit, founded by Muhlenberg faculty members Holly Cate, Troy Dwyer, and James Peck, presented their inaugural production Sept. 10-18, during the Philly Fringe Festival. The Philadelphia Inquirer called it "a solid, avant-garde-plus production."  Read more
  • Alumnus Adam Pinti receives Princess Grace Award
    Adam Pinti '06 received the 2010 Grace Le Vine Award, one of the prestigious Princess Grace Awards, which recognize achievement and promise in artists working in the fields of theatre, dance and choreography and film.  Read more
  • Muhlenberg dancers honored with performance at national festival
    "Rite," a dance composition by Muhlenberg faculty member Charles O. Anderson, was honored with inclusion in the 2010 American College Dance Festival national conference, May 27-29 at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. It was one of just 30 pieces selected for the conference.  Read more
  • Princeton Review ranks Department No. 6 nationally
    Muhlenberg College is one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 218 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature, and ranked the College's Department of Theatre and Dance sixth in the nation.  Read more
  • Once Upon a Time in New Jersey gets New York premiere
    The musical comedy Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, developed at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, receives its New York City premiere Oct. 2, 2010.  Read more

Photo: An American Tragedy world premiere, photo by Kenny Ek, Kenek Photography.