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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. 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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    Upcoming production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is a richly carnivalesque comedy

    November 14th, 2014

    The guiding concept behind Eastern Mennonite University’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is “drowning in excess,” says actress Makayla Baker. Fittingly, the performance begins with a shipwreck. Music, choreography, make-up and costumes inspired by carnivals and underwater dance create a visually and kinetically dynamic retelling of the play. “It is richly comic and has …More

  • Gonzo Opens with Gusto

    September 25th, 2014

    This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. The Black Box filled with students anticipating the first Gonzo theater of the year Inside the University Commons, past Common Grounds and the Art Gallery last Thursday. Gonzo Theater, known as Gonzo, is a student run theater group where students can write, direct, and …More

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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

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EMU Theater Performance Images

  • "A Midsummer Night's Dream"  - Theater production
  • "On the Verge" - Theater production
  • "On the Verge" - Theater production
  • "On the Verge" - Theater production
  • "On the Verge" - Theater production
  • "On the Verge" - Theater production
  • "No Roosters in the Desert" - Theater production
  • "No Roosters in the Desert" - Theater production
  • "No Roosters in the Desert" - Theater production
  • "Arms and the Man" - Theater production
  • "Arms and the Man" - Theater production
  • "Arms and the Man" - Theater production
  • "Arms and the Man" - Theater production
  • "The Importance of Being Earnest" - Theater production
  • "The Importance of Being Earnest" - Theater production
  • "Into the Woods" - Theater production
  • "Into the Woods" - Theater production
  • "Into the Woods" - Theater production
  • "Into the Woods" - Theater production - Backstage
  • "Into the Woods" - Theater production - Backstage
  • "Antigone" - Theater production
  • "The Crowleys of Tobias" - Theater production
  • "The Crowleys of Tobias" - Theater production
  • "The Crowleys of Tobias" - Theater production
  • "The Crowleys of Tobias" - Theater production
  • "Time Stands Still" - Theater production
  • "Time Stands Still" - Theater production