JMU School of Theatre and Dance

2017-2018 Season 

Mainstage Theatre

New Dance Festival featuring Christopher K. Morgan & Artists

Fri - Sat, Sep 8 - 9 @ 8 pm

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Christopher K. Morgan founded his professional contemporary dance company in 2011, the same year Dance Magazine named him “one of the six breakout choreographers in the United States.” Since then, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists out of Washington, D.C. has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This year’s festival features new works by Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members Ryan Corriston, Cynthia Thompson and Kate Trammell. Suzanne Miller-Corso will also present a new experimental dance film.


by Peter Shaffer

Tue - Sat, Sep 26 - 30 @ 8 pm

Sun, Oct 1 @ 2 pm

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What causes people to commit unspeakable acts of violence? This question lies at the heart of Equus, a frank and harrowing coming-of-age story that explores the topics of sexuality and religion in the life of 17-year-old Alan Strang. The troubled teen is taken for psychological treatment after blinding several horses with a metal spike. Psychiatrist Martin Dysart is assigned the case, and in an attempt to unravel the mystery behind the crime, is forced to confront the shortcomings of his own life. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

Adult content, language and nudity.
EQUUS is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

The School for Scandal

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Tue - Sat, Oct 31 - Nov 4 @ 8 pm

Sat, Nov 4 @ 2 pm

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Sir Peter Teazle, a middle-aged, wealthy bachelor, has recently married a pretty maid from the country. Suddenly thrust into London’s high society, the young and frivolous Lady Teazle finds herself a willing member of a vicious “school for scandal” that spends its time maligning friend, foe and family alike. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

Dancescapes Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

Thu - Sat, Dec 7 - 9 @ 8 pm

Sun, Dec 10 @ 2 pm

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JMU’s premier dance ensemble will perform contemporary choreography by nationally and internationally known guest artists, including Washington, D.C.-based Christopher K. Morgan, whose work has been hailed as “charming and poignant” by The New York Times, Ting-Yu Chen from Virginia, and John Dixon from North Carolina. The company will also present pieces by artistic director Shane O’Hara, dance faculty members Ryan Corriston and Joyce Yagerline, and Michigan-based PJ Maske, a JMU alum and artistic director of Urban Garden Performing Arts.


Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Co-conceived and directed on Broadway 
by Harold Prince

Tue - Sat, Feb 20 - 24 @ 8 pm

Sat, Feb 24 @ 3 pm

Sun, Feb 25 @ 2 pm

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Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, this Tony Award-winning musical is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia in 1913. Leo is plant superintendent of a pencil factory where 13-year-old Mary Phagan works. When the young girl is found murdered, Leo is immediately suspected, arrested and put on trial. With a book by Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a skillful score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County), Parade is a moving theatrical experience about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance—and the endurance of love and hope against all odds. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music.

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Thursday-Sunday, March 30-April 2 @ 8:00 pm

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Come and witness the rising talent of the next generation of choreographers in this concert featuring works by selected JMU dance majors. The performance will also include dances by world-renowned choreographer Doug Varone, up-and-coming New York-based Nadia Tykulsker, and faculty artist Shane O’Hara.

Stained Glass

By Ingrid De Sanctis

Tue - Wed, Apr 24 - 25 @ 8 pm

Fri - Sat, Apr 27 - 28 @ 8 pm

Sun, Apr 29 @ 2 pm

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Jewels, a preacher’s daughter, returns to New Jersey for her father’s funeral in the middle of a hurricane. But the treacherous storm has other plans, washing ashore skeletons, avocado trees, and an oddball cast of characters from Moses to the Little Mermaid. They join Jewels as she journeys through the ruins of past and present, fantasy and truth, looking to find the family she lost and the faith she thought she knew. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance in this new play by JMU theatre faculty member Ingrid De Sanctis.

Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre


Fri - Sat, Oct 13 - 14 @ 8 pm

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Faculty and students from the Dance programs at JMU and Radford University come together to perform exciting new work.

Fall Student Dance Concert

Wed - Sat, Nov 8 - 11 @ 8 pm

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This showcase of new choreography offers audiences an opportunity to see the work of the Dance program’s talented young artists.

Senior Dance Concert

Thu - Sat, Feb 8 - 10 @ 8 pm

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JMU’s senior dance majors are on the verge of graduation and entering into their exciting careers as dance artists. Come watch them as they showcase their amazing work in this annual concert.

Spring Student Dance Concert

Wed - Sat, Apr 18 - 21 @ 8 pm

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 This exciting concert features talented young dancers and choreographers from JMU’s Dance program.

Studio Theatre

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

by Alice Birch

September 15-16 & 18-19 at 8:00 pm
September 16 at 2:00 pm
September 17 @ 7pm 

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You are expected to behave. Use the right words. Act appropriately. Don't break the rules. Just behave. This play is not well-behaved. It examines the language, behavior and forces that shape women in the 21st century—and forces us to question our role in bringing about change. Adult content, adult language, sexual content, sexual violence, violence. 


Bridge to Terabithia

Book by Katherine Paterson and Stephanie S. Tolan

Music by Steve Liebman

October 4-7 @ 7pm
October 7-8 @ 2pm

Tickets available soon at Forbes Center Box Office

Jesse and his family live in present-day, rural Virginia. He loves to draw and create art, but is stifled by his peers and his home life. However, when his new neighbor Leslie moves next door, he learns the power of friendship and inner strength. Together, they create a new and imaginative world named Terabithia. Terabithia unifies the friends and allows Jesse and Leslie to grow individually. When tragedy enters Jesse’s life, he learns he can find the strength to move forward and the power to imagine his own world.

The Women

by Clare Boothe Luce

October 27-28 & 30-31 @ 8pm
October 28-29 @ 2pm

Tickets available soon at Forbes Center Box Office

This theatrical classic follows a gaggle of women who are wrapped very tightly in a world of money and men. The comedy runs the gamut of female relationships, and serves as a window into the outrageously dramatic lives of divorcées in 1937.

Out of Line

Book by Julio Agustin
Music and lyrics by John Franceschina

Tue - Sat, Oct 17 - 21 @ 8 pm
Sat, Oct 21 @ 2 pm

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Out of Line, a musical that picks up where A Chorus Line left off, provides a humorous and compelling look at the lives of six successful Broadway performers who struggle to get out of the chorus and into the spotlight. JMU theatre faculty member Julio Agustin (Matos, Jr.) weaves together the musical comedy from interviews with 25 Broadway “gypsies,” who shared their hopes, fears, career pressures, and thoughts on the ins-and-outs of the industry. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music.

Blood Run

by Cullen Gray

November 11 & 13-15 @ 8pm
November 12 @ 2pm & 7pm

Tickets available soon at Forbes Center Box Office

Director's Fest

Fall dates coming soon!

10-minute plays performed in two blocks. Directed and designed by JMU School of Theatre students.

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