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Playground: A Festival of Independent Student Work

Celebrating its 13th year, this annual School of Drama performance festival showcases independent, student-produced work across all disciplines.

Playground provides a unique opportunity for School of Drama students to innovate, collaborate, and produce original new work. Actors, directors, designers,  technicians, managers, dramaturges and playwrights interact over the course of one week to produce original works varying in length from 15 to 45 minutes. Students are encouraged to extend their creative horizons by interacting with peers from other disciplines within the School of Drama, with students from other schools within the University, and even students from other Universities.

Devised works include theater, dance, and musical performances, as well as mixed media projects, films, installations, puppetry, murals, song cycles, and light shows. The festival’s performance schedule encourages audiences to attend multiple shows over the three-day festival.

A number of pieces performed at Playground have gone on to be produced throughout the United States and students have created their own professional theater companies including:

In The Basement Theatre Company, a collaborative dance-theater company that uses experimental approaches to structure and narrative.

The PigPen Theater Company completed a critically acclaimed run Off-Broadway, released their first CD, and is touring nationally with their concert series.