Theatre Arts

Areas of Study

Program Features

  • Professional Resident Faculty
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival Participation
  • Yearly New York City Showcase, "WCSU Off-Broadway"
  • Children's Theatre and Community Outreach Programs
  • Workshops with N.Y. Stage, TV and Film Professionals
  • Internships possible with New York City and Connecticut Regional and Professional theatres.

New Visual and Performing Arts Center

This stunning new facility is home to a 350-seat theater, a 125-seat studio theatre, a 350-seat concert hall, an art gallery, a recording studio and state-of-the-art rehearsal, classroom and studio art facilities.

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Theatre Arts Faculty

James Dardenne

[Scenic Design]

Into the Woods was James Dardenne’s first production at WCSU. Recent design credits include Off-Broadway: Hauptmann (Cherry Lane), Runt of the Litter (37 Arts), Regional: A Chorus Line (Paper Mill Playhouse), Almost Heaven (Denver Center), Grease and My Fair Lady (Paramount, Chicago), Aida (Scenery and Projections, Drury Lane), Lost Boys of Sudan (Scenery and Projections, Victory Gardens), Michael Margaret Pat and Kate (Marin Theatre Co., San Francisco – Bay Area Critics Circle Award, Drama Logue Award), Vivisections from the Blown Mind (Goodman Theatre, Chicago), Blues in the Night (Northlight Theatre, Chicago). World Premieres (Among 25): Lonely Planet (Stephen Dietz), Bad Moon (Rick Cleveland), Pecong (Steve Carter - Jeff Nomination), Music From A Locked Room (John Logan), Freefall (Charles Smith), Ourselves Alone (Ann Devlin), The Stick Wife (Derrah Cloud) Centenial Casting (Gino DiIorio and Nancy Bleemer) and The Goldman Project (Stacey Sweeden).  Dardenne owns the New York based-design company, Dardenne Design, which specializes in bringing theatrical imagination to Interior and exterior décor, museum exhibitions, media events and displays as well as the performing arts.



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