Students interested in theatre can participate in fall and spring productions at Manchester. Can you see yourself on the stage, under the lights — or maybe behind the scenes, running the sound or designing the set? Whatever your talent, you'll find a place at Manchester.
Manchester has outstanding venues for large or small scale productions, including the 1,300 seat Cordier Auditorium, with exceptional staging, lighting and sound facilities; and Wampler Auditorium, a flexible theatre
space with seating for 200.
Manchester Theatre Society
Manchester Theatre Society (MTS) is the student theatre group on campus. Each fall, upperclassmen direct One Act plays. Everyone who is new to Manchester (or just new to our stage) can audition! Each spring, the president of MTS has the opportunity to direct a full length play.
Manchester offers classes in acting, directing and theatre and society.
- Acting: Learn basic acting terminology and concepts and hone your speaking skills through acting exercises, monologues and scene work.
- Directing: Learn the basics of stage directing through various projects including
- Theatre and Society: In this approved core course, students learn the basic history of theatre from the Greeks to contemporary times while investigating society's effect on theatre and/or how theatre has influenced society.
Manchester also offers insightful workshops about various aspects of theatre. Most recently, Professor Adanma Barton from Berea College visited and lead students in a solo performance workshop.
Occasionally, students travel abroad during January session to study theatre. In January 2012 students learned about music, voice and movement during a visit to London to experience theatre, The Globe, and culture.
Manchester faculty members also have taken the concept of community connections abroad. Professor Emeritus Scott Strode directed David Holman's Peacemaker, a
play for child audiences, in Pristina, Kosovo and in Albania.
Much Ado About Nothing, Spring 2012
Back to Eden, Fall 2011
That's What She Said, Spring 2011
1984, Fall 2010
Little Shop of Horrors, Spring 2012
Antigone, Fall 2009
"The reason I like Manchester's theatre department is because there are opportunities for anyone to be involved. And when I'm in a play, I feel like I'm a part of something important."— Courtney Greene ’14