Theater at Bates

The Bates Theater and Dance Department is thrilled to be able to offer live performances once again this year! Ensuring that everyone remains healthy and safe during our events is our top priority so please read the latest message from the college before reserving your seats:

College-Sponsored Musical Performances, Theater and Dance Productions, and Art Exhibits Guests: College-sponsored indoor performances, productions, and exhibits are open to non-Bates guests. In order to be admitted to the venue, guests must mask at all times and be prepared to show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted at the door (digital image or hard copy of vaccine card, indicating final vaccination completed at least 14 days prior) or proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test within the previous 48 hours. The event host will provide a staff member to check for proof of vaccination for non-Bates guests. Guests unable to provide proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted or a negative test within the previous 48 hours will not be permitted to enter the venue. 

Those students, faculty, and staff actively participating in the performance (i.e. on the stage) may be unmasked while participating in the performance, but will remain masked at all other times (i.e. off-stage, between sets).”

The major in theater combines the study of dramatic literature from the Greeks to the present with work in acting, directing, dance, design, and film.

Students acquire these skills in production and performance while learning the history and literature of one of the world’s major forms of artistic expression. Majors are prepared for graduate work in the humanities or for further professional training in theater, dance, or film. The theater major is also a valuable asset for a wide variety of careers — such as business, law, or teaching — requiring collaborative effort, public poise, imagination, and a broad background in the liberal arts.

In addition to its academic work, the department annually produces more than a dozen plays, films, dance concerts, and other performance events in its three theaters. These require the participation of large numbers of students, both majors and non-majors. The department invites all members of the campus community to join in the creation of these events.

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