Theatre Studies

Motherhood Out Loud, Wellesley College Theatre
A Civil War Christmas: an American Musical Celebration, Wellesley College Theatre
Cast of Stupid F*cking Bird, Fall 2019
Home Front: Women's Voices from The Great War, Wellesley College Theatre
The House of Blue Leaves (student acting interns, Wellesley Rep)
Rhinoceros, Wellesley College Theatre
Rhinoceros, Wellesley College Theatre
Rhinoceros, Wellesley College Theatre

Letter from the Chair:

An army of storytellers. 

That's what I would love to cultivate here at Wellesley College. Teams of trained, focused, informed players and makers - bubbling with the joyful possibility of "yes, and!"  

We aim to help our students gain a deep awareness of the technical components, practical application and historical and social contexts of theatrical performance craft -- while simultaneously marveling at the wonders of human behavior which drama seeks to explore.

We strongly encourage in the inventive lives of our students a confident autonomy as creators who can envision a product, articulate their goals, and relish navigating the collaborative process towards its accomplishment.

An educational investigation of theatre provides the unique incentive to understand, engage in and challenge the many iterations of this ancient and global ritual. It puts people in a room together and forces them to solve challenges and take risks in real time. It foments a productive confrontation between a student’s need to surrender to the unknown and to simultaneously embrace self-discipline – sitting the study of theatre at the crossroads of their journey here at Wellesley, and beyond. 

Come play with us!

Marta Rainer 

Director of Theatre and Theatre Studies, Wellesley College



Theatre Studies Spring 2020 Happenings

All events are FREE for Wellesley students.

(Some require signing up.)


January 16-February 9

Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Wellesley Repertory Theatre

(Pay What You Will Thursdays)


January 27 & 28, 6:30-9PM, RNJ

SILENT SKY/THST 345 Auditions

Sign up here!

Interested in tech? Contact David Towlun.


January 30, 6:30-9PM, RNJ

SILENT SKY Callbacks

By invitation


February 13-16

Upstage productionFADE by Tanya Saracho

Directed by Alicia Olivo ‘20


February 21, 7PM, RNJ


Staged Reading of new solo work by 

Guest Artist Caitlin Graham ‘05

Free and open to the public


February 24-27

BOW Artist Residency

New York Neo-Futurists

During their four-day residency the New York Neo-Futurists will be visiting classes, conducting workshops, and performing on both the Wellesley College and Babson College campuses.  

No two events during the residency will be the same!


The New York Neo-Futurists are a diverse collective of writer-director-performers that create theater that is a fusion of storytelling, sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.  Through this, they foster community embracing those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater and inspiring them to thought, feeling, and action. Every week the New York Neo-Futurists create a show in Manhattan called The Infinite Wrench: the award-winning, energetic, always changing attempt to perform thirty original plays in about an hour.  The show is a collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental. Since opening in 2004, the NY Neos have premiered more than 5500 new plays.  Collectively they have been nominated for three Drama Desk Awards and more than a dozen New York Innovative Theatre Awards.  They have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Post, and Howlround


February 24, 6:30-9, RNJ

Personal Storytelling and Performance Workshop

With the NY Neo-Futurists

Open to all BOW students, but limited space - RSVP to sign up here

This workshop is rooted in storytelling and designed to strengthen confidence and communication

while bringing creativity to center stage in personal, artistic, and professional life.  The aim is to

empower and affirm the lives of the participants and get them to bring that personal creativity to

their work and performance by drawing from personal experiences and cultivating extraordinary

ideas from the seemingly ordinary.


February 25, 7:00PM, RNJ

The Infinite Wrench by the New York Neo-Futurists

Free and open to all!

Reservations (on BrownPaperTickets) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Please arrive at 6:40 for the interactive pre-show.


The Infinite Wrench is a barrage of 30 original plays performed in random order – a theatrical 

race against an onstage clock set for one hour.  Each play offers something different, be it funny, 

profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the 

here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers.


February 26, 7:00PM, Carling-Sorenson Theatre, Babson College Campus

The Infinite Wrench by the New York Neo-Futurists

30 Plays in 60 Minutes

Free with reservations at

Please arrive at 6:40 for the interactive pre-show.

“If you’ve seen the show once, you’ve seen the show once!”


February 27, 11:00AM, Sorenson Black Box, Babson College Campus

Workshop: The Business of Theatre

Free for BOW with reservation at - space limited.

Reception (with lunch!) to follow.

Discuss practical considerations for operating a small theatre company in New York City, and what it takes to grow over 15 years. Meet and greet the NY Neos!


March 12-15, RNJ

Upstage production: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds By Paul Zindel

Directed by Izzy Gelfand ‘20


March 31, TBA

Reading: WOUNDED by Sarah Lord DS’20

Theatre Studies Thesis in Playwriting


April 3&4, TBA

Reading: FLOOD  by Alicia Olivo ‘20

Independent Study in Playwriting 

Recipient of the Daniels’ Fellowship



Guest Artist: Tina D’Elia


             A live telenovela with a lone actress in Adidas
             warm-up pants. Overlooked Latinas proves you
             don't need a full cast, an elaborate set, or
             costume changes to put on a dang good show.
             Tina DElias newest one-woman show
             celebrates queer culture, friendship and Latinx

             Guest of Wellesley College Theatre and
             generous co-sponsors Mezcla, Spanish Department and
             Office of Intercultural Education at Wellesley College.

       “Tina D’Elia is a solo star”

       Reserve free tickets here!


April 15, 5PM


Contact David Towlun ( with interest/queries




SILENT SKY - Wellesley College Theatre Mainstage production

Reserve seats online


April 29

Ruhlman Conference

Let us know who is presenting!


June 3-28

The Last Wife by Kate Hennig

Directed by Kelly Galvin ‘07

Wellesley Repertory Theatre



9/17: "Quick Draw McGraw" Writing workshop with Lexy Leuszler - Literary Manager of the O'Neill 1:30, ALH102

9/25: Movement Theatre Workshop with Nhandan Chirco of Accademia dell'Arte/Grotowski 6:30, RNJ

9:26: British American Drama Academy Dean Eunice Roberts - 3:15, Auditorium

10/3-5: Actors From The London Stage bring Twelth Night to campus - free & open to the public

10/20: Broad Comedy brings their award-winning feminist sketch comedy to campus - free & open to the public

12/16: Fall Showcase: One night only! Experience a performance featuring the combined forces of all Fall Theatre Studies Courses. 7PM, RNJ


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