Emerson Stage

Dancing at Lughnasa
The Cast, Dancing at Lughnasa (photo courtesy Perspective Photo)

Artists of tomorrow, on stage today

At Emerson Stage, students in the Department of Performing Arts apply skills learned in the classroom to real-life production challenges. Our student actors, designers, stage managers, technicians and educators work side-by-side with faculty, professional staff, and visiting artists to perfect their skills, build their resumes, and deepen their understanding of their craft and the role theater plays in enriching our culture and community.

As a first-year student, all Performing Arts majors participate backstage as a production crew member; students from their sophomore year onwards have the opportunity to deepen their experience through production projects targeted to a specific area of study. Our nine-show season offers more than 120 opportunities for actors, 100 positions for design staff, 70 in production and another 70 in theatre management, and 30 artistic roles – all reserved exclusively for Performing Arts students.

If you are a supporter and advocate for the arts, we invite you to join us as we showcase the artists of tomorrow, on stage today. Tickets start at $8 for members of the Emerson Community and $10 for members of our community at large, with discounts for multi-play passes and groups. Tickets for 2015-16 are now on sale.

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The Emerson Stage 2015-16 Season

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O Beautiful (Oct 1–4)
A fiercely funny take on life in a contemporary American high school, where students deal with real crises in the face of extremist ideological rhetoric so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin (among others) show up to weigh in and mix it up.

The Spitfire Grill (Oct 15–18)
A folk/rock musical filled with heart, passion, and soulful tunes, where a feisty young woman with nothing to lose takes a leap of faith – and discovers she has everything to gain.

Life is a Dream (Oct 29–1)
Pablo Calderon de la Barca's classic Spanish drama gets a fresh revision in this new translation by Emerson Performing Arts Chair Melia Bensussen.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Nov 19-22)
Based on the Newberry-winning children’s book by Kate DiCamillo, and filled with music (and more than a touch of stage magic), the story of a china rabbit’s search for a home is a delight for the whole family.

Lizzie Stranton (Feb 4–7)
A modern take on Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy Lysistrata. The world is at war, the economy is in the toilet, and women are stepping up to take charge of the situation the only way they know how.

Richard III (Feb 18–21)
Shakespeare’s hated hunchback comes to glorious life in a high-style, all-female production.

New Works Festival (Mar 17–Apr 3)
Readings, shorts, songs, a new play written by an Emerson student – and more!
Emerson students: NewFest submission deadline is Oct 16, 2015. Learn more here!

Guys & Dolls (Apr 14–17)
An iconic American classic filled with familiar and toe-tapping tunes, considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy.

All performance photos on this site by Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo. Technical photography by Tony Rinaldo