Theatre Studies

365 Plays/365 Days - Open Auditions for our Fall 2021 Mainstage production coming in September!
Motherhood Out Loud, Wellesley College Theatre
A Civil War Christmas: an American Musical Celebration, Wellesley College Theatre
Cast of Stupid F*cking Bird, Wellesley College Theatre
Home Front: Women's Voices from The Great War, Wellesley College Theatre
The House of Blue Leaves (student acting interns, Wellesley Rep)
"Custody", Virtual Fall Showcase, Wellesley College Theatre
Rhinoceros, Wellesley College Theatre
The Joy Library, THST 355: Devising Theatre Performance
She Kills Monsters, Wellesley College Theatre
Rhinoceros, Wellesley College Theatre
"In Plain Sight", Virtual Fall Showcase, Wellesley College Theatre
Rhinoceros, Wellesley College Theatre
Small Mouth Sounds - Wellesley College Theatre
Stupid F*cking Bird, Wellesley College Theatre
She Kills Monsters, Wellesley College Theatre
Small Mouth Sounds, 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 address 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


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Theatre Studies Happenings

All events are FREE for Wellesley students.

(Registration required as indicated below to receive LINKS for virtual streaming!)


May 11 - 7pm

Virtual Directing Showcase 

Original short works presented by students of THST 306: Advanced Directing (Lois Roach)

Register here: tinyurl/thst306


May 15 - 12pm

"Auditioning for Mary" - by John ADEkoje 

Presented by Wellesley Repertory Theatre for the Boston Theatre Marathon

Starring: Sarah Nwafor '20, Directed by Marta Rainer


May 28, 29 and 30, 2021

Wellesley College Theatre Presents:


by Bess Wohl. Directed by Marta Rainer

Performed and designed by students of THST 345: Practicum, Theatre Production

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June 4-6, 2021 (REUNION event - Virtual Reading)


by Brigid Ames '81

Directed by Hannah McGovern Gross '13 

Featuring: Lisa Foley (WRT), Jenny Caplan '01, Michelle Atwood '19) 






October 2, 2020

Theatre Studies Comedy Class Standup/(sit down) Virtual Midterm

15 students perform rapid-fire original funny for your Friday night enjoyment. Registration required.


October 14, 2020

Theatre Studies Virtual Fall Showcase!

An annual joining of the creative forces of the Fall Theatre Studies courses to produce integrated, original works! Free and one night only!


December 10 & 11, 2020

The Joy Library

An entirely original virtual performance created by the students of THST 355: Devising Theatre.

(View encore stream at Wellesley's 2021 Virtual reunion!)


March 24th, 2021 - 7:30pm

Virtual Cabaret Showcase

Presented by students of THST 276: Storytelling Through Song




"Quick Draw McGraw" Writing workshop with Lexy Leuszler - Literary Manager of the O'Neill 1:30, ALH102
Movement Theatre Workshop with Nhandan Chirco of Accademia dell'Arte/Grotowski 6:30, RNJ
British American Drama Academy Dean Eunice Roberts - 3:15, Auditorium
Actors From The London Stage bring Twelth Night to campus - free & open to the public
Broad Comedy brings their award-winning feminist sketch comedy to campus - free & open to the public
STUPID F*CKING BIRD by Aaron Posner, sort of adapted from Chekhov's THE SEAGULL
Fall Showcase - Annual!
Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb - Wellesley Repertory Theatre
THE NEXT STAGE - Staged Reading of new solo work by Guest Artist Caitlin Graham ‘05
BOW Artist Residency: New York Neo-Futurists & THE INFITITE WRENCH
Multiple performances/workshops by this award-winning experimental theatre company
on the Wellesley and Babson campuses
Reading: WOUNDED by Sarah Lord DS’20 - Theatre Studies Thesis in Playwriting and Adaptation
Reading: FLOOD  by Alicia Olivo ‘20 - Independent Study in Playwriting - Recipient of the Daniels’ Fellowship