what students say

EMU theater and history graduate Amanda Chandler

Theater is more than a performance, more than a skill set or a resume builder. Good theater is a way to question, to learn and strive for truth, to ask difficult questions, a place to start difficult dialogue, to try and chip away at the human condition. I want to continue to use theater as a tool for learning... and tell stories that need to be heard and create change. Read more…

Amanda Chandler, theater and history graduate, is pictured below (top row, third from left) with castmates from EMU Theatre’s production of Misummer Night’s Dream Redreamed.

EMU theater students during Midsummer Night's Dream Redreamed

Theater at EMU

EMU Theater produces intelligent, faithful and compassionate artists who foster justice and model peace via their art.

Theater invigorates every corner of campus, from medieval Christmas plays staged in the snow to experimental pieces mounted on golf carts, from major Broadway musicals in an 880-seat house to student-written plays flowering in our intimate studio theater. Learn more about what makes EMU Theater unique.

EMU Theater news and productions

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    Volunteers discover power of playback theater to shift painful stories toward path of healing

    June 2nd, 2014

    When volunteers were solicited, nobody immediately stepped forward. It was a tough request: tell a painful personal story before an audience of maybe 40, many of them strangers to each other, and watch seven people trained in playback theater re-tell it through an impromptu performance. Yet Muhammad Afdillah—a visiting scholar with Eastern Mennonite University’s Center …More

  • EMU Theater presents: Into The Woods

    EMU theater production ‘Into the Woods’ brings Brothers Grimm fairy tales to life

    March 27th, 2014

    The twists and turns of several fairy tales taken from the Brothers Grimm are intertwined in the next Eastern Mennonite University theater offering, Into the Woods, a musical by Steven Sondheim with book by James Lapine. Directed by Justin Poole, assistant professor of theater at EMU, Into the Woods will be performed in the Main …More

  • Question: Why theater?

    March 23rd, 2014

    I am constantly asked, why theater? Why not film? Why choose such an impractical major? Do you ever want to be employed? Why theater at such a small school? Of all the places to study theater, why EMU? While I used to be annoyed by these questions because of my own doubts, I now enjoy …More

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