We represent the academic theatre programs at WPI through the Department of Humanities and Arts Division of Drama/Theatre.
Among our most important activities are providing courses in dramatic literature and technology, many with the listing under EN. Additionally, we advise projects including the MQP for Drama/Theatre majors, the "HQP" [aka as the Humanities and Arts Inquiry Seminar or Practicum], Independent Studies Projects for 1/6th credit, usually listed as TH, in which an undergraduate may do specific work on performances in the Little Theatre, and occasionally an IQP during E term, on campus or off. Each credit opportunity is taught or advised by a faculty member who is part of the Department of Humanities and Arts, Division of Drama/Theatre.
Drama/Theatre facilitates the academic theatre productions in the Little Theatre, the WPI Drama/Theatre dedicated theatre space. In the Little Theatre most productions include an option for undergraduates to enroll in the 1/6th credit mentioned previously. Drama/Theatre also maintains the other dedicated theatre support spaces, usually shared with MASQUE, WPI's undergraduate student theatre organization, including the Alden Hall Green Room, and the Scenic Design Studio and props and costumes storage in the sub-basement of Alden Hall.
Perhaps our proudest accomplishment dates back to 1980 when we began the festival known as New Voices. Since its beginning, in 34 years New Voices has produced 431 plays, written by 230 playwrights, most of them unpublished and unproduced works by undergraduates. For the past decade, New Voices has produced plays written by enrolled students only. This policy has been very important to the Founder of New Voices, Susan Vick, and to the Dramaturgs, all professional writers or theatre practitioners. We are dedicated to supporting new writers of plays.
NEW VOICES 35 will be produced in the Little Theatre in 2018. This year, 2017, New Voices will be on hold while we perform staged readings of plays that give evidence of the inclusive spirit for the LGBTQ+ community at WPI. Temporarily called the "Showcase," this unique production will maintain the academic opportunities and challenges always available in NV: directing, acting, technology, etc. And yes, even if you graduate, your play will be accepted to be in the competition for the five to nine plays selected for New Voices 35.
Our D/T office [SL 18] has hours posted should you need more information about any of this. Thank you for visiting the in progress D/T site. We expect to have our plays produced list and our listing of all our New Voices plays back up soon.
- Susan Vick
Director of Theatre