The Seven | Columbia Stages 2013-14
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The Seven, written by Will Power, was presented by MFA Directing candidate Carl Cofield as part of the 2013-14 Columbia Stages season. The show ran February 12-15 at the Connelly Theatre in downtown Manhattan. Cast Ryan Alvarado     Sean Carvajal*     Charnele Crick     Jamal Crowelle     learn more


Columbia University’s Theatre Program is international, collaborative and interdisciplinary. It is defined by its location in New York City, and by the extensive network of Columbia alumni and faculty who run prestigious Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatres; direct and perform in Tony- and other award-winning productions; and teach, mentor and engage with students beyond the classroom.

Coursework is centered on experience on campus and off, both within and beyond a student’s concentration. Working in partnership with other concentrations is encouraged, and Collaboration class, offered in the second semester of the first year and taught by Anne Bogart, brings actors, directors, playwrights, dramaturgs, and managers together into creative teams. An integrated part of Columbia and New York City life, students are also encouraged to take on opportunities at Columbia’s other acclaimed graduate institutions.

Theatre Management & Producing, Dramaturgy, and Stage Management students take classes with a wide range of New York’s most established producers, managers, and publicity agents, often directly in their offices throughout the city. Due to these connections, we are able to build relationships between students and acclaimed professionals, facilitating them to acquire sought after internships and coveted jobs.

The third year is devoted to thesis productions, with performances held in theatres throughout New York City, including the Pershing Square Signature Center, the Connolly Theatre and 3LD. Third-year MFA Acting students and two Stage Management students per year are offered Actors Equity Association (AEA) eligibility through our partnership with Classic Stage Company.

Recent guest lecturers at the program include:
Edward Albee, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Belber, André Bishop, Cate Blanchett, Jason Butler-Horner, Michael Cristofe, Mike Daisey, Olympia Dukakis, Oskar Eustis, America Ferrara, Harvey Fierstein, Richard Foreman, Freddie Gershon, Sam Gold, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nicholas Hytner, Gregory Kandel, Moises Kaufman, Adrienne Kennedy, Stan Lai, Mark Lamos, Tina Landau, James Lapine, Margo Lion, Hal Luftig, Erika Mallin, Peter Marks, Michael Mayer, Kevin McCollum, Joseph Melillo, Bruce Myers, Bill Murray, James Nicola, Mike Nichols, Cynthia Nixon, Mandy Patinkin, Lisa Peterson, Roger Rees, Michael Riedel, Sarah Ruhl, Tim Sanford, Bartlett Sher, Nicky Silver, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, Ivo van Hove, Jaan Whitehead and Francesca Zambello.


Meet the Playwrights: Alex Viteri Meet the Playwrights: Alex Viteri
updated April 2017

Alex Viteri Arturo brings together a diverse group of artists to create a celebration of unique identities and ideas with her thesis project Eden: Part 3.

Tara Ahmadinejad directs Ski Hole at the New Ohio
updated April 2017

Alumna Tara Ahmadinejad ‘14 directs Ski Hole, created by Piehole and with a cast including Columbia acting alumna Toni Ann DeNoble ‘14, at the New Ohio Theater from April 30 – May 19.

Meet the Playwrights: Becca Plunkett
updated April 2017

Current student Becca Plunkett’s thesis play A DollZes HoUse, takes place in a war-torn nation, when a power-hungry King forces his royal court to perform a heavily redacted version of A Doll’s House.

Darko Tresnjak directs Anastasia on Broadway
updated April 2017

The new musical draws inspiration from the 1997 animated film about the missing daughter of the last Russian Czar, but it features 16 new songs from the show’s songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, as well as a new antagonist.

Meet the Playwrights: Aeneas Hemphill
updated April 2017

Aeneas Hemphill’s thesis play Black Hollow is an American myth about the uniquely American problem of gun violence. Black Hollow will run at the Signature Center on May 3, 5, and 6th.

Meet the Playwrights: Alix Sobler
updated April 2017

Last Night in Inwood, Current student, Alix Sobler’s thesis play, follows a young woman, Danny, and her family as they seek refuge in her one-bedroom apartment after a major disaster hits Manhattan.

Lynn Nottage elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
updated April 2017

Professor Lynn Nottage has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The award marks another success for Nottage this spring.

Meet the Playwrights: Ellen Steves
updated April 2017

In HATEWATCH, current student, Ellen Steves’ thesis play, a group of old friends agree to participate in a documentary about addiction. When an intervention fails, they take things into their own hands.

School of the Arts Faculty Hilton Als and Lynn Nottage Win 2017 Pulitzer Prizes
updated April 2017

School of the Arts faculty members Hilton Als, Associate Professor of Writing, and Lynn Nottage, Associate Professor of Theatre, have been awarded 2017 Pulitzer Prizes in Criticism and Drama, respectively.

Scott Ebersold '15 directs Adam Szymkowicz's '04 new play
updated April 2017

Alumnus Scott Ebersold ‘15 directed the world premiere of alumnus Adam Szymkowicz’s ‘04 Rare Birds, presented by Red Fern Theater Company at The 14th Street Y Theatre.

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