Productions and Events
Each year the Acting/Directing program of the School of Theatre and Dance produces 5 main productions on the Montana and Masquer Stages. These are cast primarily from the A/D student body, with some roles cast from the wider school, university and city community.
The Montana Repertory Theatre produces a national tour of an American classic, local productions as part of the Visions and voices project, the educational outreach tour, and the Colony.
For upcoming productions see School of Theatre and Dance home page.
Productions and events for the academic year 2013-2014 include:
Avenue Q Montana Theatre
Distracted Masquer Theatre
…without having ended…. [Performance Installation, Gallery of Visual Art]
Mark Twain’s Diaries of Adam and Eve [Montana Repertory Theatre Educational Outreach Tour]
Angels in America Montana Theatre
The Miracle Worker [Montana Repertory Theatre National Tour]
Book of Days Masquer Theatre
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Montana Theatre
Montana State High School Thespian Conference
Each year the School of Theatre & Dance hosts the Montana State High School Thespian Conference in the Performing Arts/Radio Television Center on campus. High school students from all over the state come to Missoula for two days of immersion in theatre activities.
- Students perform plays for adjudication on the Montana Theater stage, complete with sets, costumes and props.
- We hold auditions and portfolio reviews to award scholarships for freshmen who plan to enroll at The University of Montana in the fall.
- Students attend a buffet banquet followed by a full-scale performance by the Montana Repertory Theatre (the professional theatre-in-residence at UM).
- On Saturday, undergraduate and graduate students of the School offer special workshops in acting, dance and technical aspects of theatre.
Many of these students live in rural Montana and this is often their first experience of higher education and professional theatre—it always leaves a lasting impression.
Professionals Weekend, which occurs a weekend or two prior to the beginning of Spring Term (or sometimes the first weekend of Spring Term), is a chance for actors and designers/technicians to seek summer work and an opportunity for our faculty and staff to network with area professionals. Invitations are extended to most of the state and region’s professional theatre artists representing over two dozen entities; fifteen companies attend on average each year. Typically, offers for summer employment are made to more than 30 student actors, designers, or technicians after each PW. As part of their training, all BFA and MFA theatre students are required to audition and interview at Professionals Weekend, even if they are not seeking summer employment.