Category Archives: Theater

Erica Janko ’17 performs at 2016 Philly FringeArts!

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Choreographed and Directed
by Erica Janko ’17
Saturday, September 24 
University City Arts League
4226 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tickets $7 or $5 for students/25-and-under

First rule of performing: no one knows what’s going on, but I know what I’m supposed to do. The performance is in progress. The performance is now. Includes movement, projection, discussion, and maybe even dancing.

Live electronic music by Nirvaan Ranganathan. The performers will be there. Let’s see what happens.

Dido & Aeneas by Henry Purcell (4/24 + 4/25 @ 7:30PM)

The Department of Music and Dance presents a fully staged production of Henry Purcell’s Didoforwebminiature operatic masterpiece, DIDO AND AENEAS, featuring an all-student cast and members of the Swarthmore College Orchestra. Stage Direction by Patrick Ross ’15; Musical Direction by Andrew Hauze ’04; Choreography by Assistant Professor of Dance Olivia Sabee; Costumes by Tara Webb ’94; Choral Direction by Joseph Gregorio; Musical Preparation by Debra Scurto-Davis; Assistant Musical Direction by J. Andrew Kim ’18; Stage Management by Aaron Slepoi ’17.

Lang Concert Hall
Sun April 24 at 7:30PM
Mon April 25 at 7:30PM

Free and open to the public without reservation. More info: 610-957-6159.

Stravinsky’s SOLDIER AND OTHER TALES (4/2 @ 8PM)


Orchestra 2001, the Department of Music and Dance and the Department of Theater present

Saturday, April 2, 2016
8:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College

Swarthmore’s contemporary ensemble-in-residence Orchestra 2001 teams up with students and faculty from Swarthmore’s Departments of Theater and Music & Dance to present a fully staged version of Stravinsky’s 1918 masterpiece L’histoire du soldat.  Directed by Eileen Hou ’16, the production features a corps of dancers and actors from Swarthmore’s performing arts departments and Orchestra 2001 conducted by Lecturer in Music Andrew Hauze ’04. The program also features the world premieres of works for the L’histoire septet by Swarthmore alum Jeremy Rapaport-Stein ’14 and current students Nathan Scalise and Zachary Tanner.  The program opens with a curtain-raiser called The Soldier Dances, a new potpourri of popular dances from the 1910’s by the African-American composer James Reese Europe, arranged especially for this concert.

Starring: Kenny Bransdorf, John Baek, Wesley Han, Molly Murphy, Isabel Clay, Andy Lee, Cathy Kandrysawtz, Hunter Lee, Victoria Hou, Prairie Wentworth-Nice

Director and Choreographer: Eileen Hou; Music Director: Andrew Hauze; Stage Manager: Aaron Slepoi; Media Designer: Aaron Jackson; Costume Designer: Raven Bennet; Lighting Designer: James Murphy; Props Managers: Juhyae Kim, Marta Roncada; Faculty Advisors: Sharon Friedler, Allen Kuharski, Laila Swanson, Tara Webb

THE ROYAL SINGER: A New Children’s Opera (5/3 @ 7PM in Lang Concert Hall)

The Swarthmore College Sesquicentennial Committee is proud to presentROYAL SINGER poster
The Royal Singer: A New Children’s Opera

Join our dancers and musicians for a production of The Royal Singer, a new opera for children, made possible by Maurice Eldridge and the Sesquicentennial committee. With score by Professor Thomas Whitman, libretto by Professor Nathalie Anderson, and direction by Professor K. Elizabeth Stevens, this original opera transports the audience to a magical kingdom in search of a new Royal Singer. As animals and dolls gear up for a musical competition, they learn that the best harmonies come from working (and playing) together. Bring the family and witness the world-premiere of this very special new opera. This production is the result of a collaborative effort by five different academic departments at Swarthmore College and features performances by Swarthmore students and by children from Stetser Elementary School in Chester.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
7:00 PM
Swarthmore College
Lang Music Building
Lang Concert Hall

Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required.
For more information contact Andrew Hauze at
610-690-3489 or

“GET ON YOUR FEET” a workshop for organizing peaceful protest with George Lakey

When: Thursday, 2/26, 7 p.m.

Where: Lang Center/Keith Room

George Lakey’s workshop is the final event in the RADICAL DEMOCRACY AND HUMANISM residency sponsored by the William J. Cooper Foundation. The workshop will offer attendees some models for organizing and information regarding preparation for peaceful protest. What questions is it important to answer, individually and as a group, regarding purpose and practice? What tools for action are useful to groups in differing situations? What models from past and current movements can be adapted to a variety of purposes? In this session, George Lakey will show that you *can* go beyond the boring limits of choosing between a march or a rally by coming to this workshop and learning about:
– action logic
– edgy actions
– using actions leadership development
– maximizing the empowerment potential of the actions you design
– one-offs vs. campaigns.

The workshop includes question time on the use of nonviolent direct action compared with other techniques for social change.

George Lakey’s first arrest was in the ‘sixties for a civil rights sit-in; in 2013 he was arrested in a protest against mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. He co-founded a number of social change groups including Movement for a New Society, the Pennsylvania Jobs with Peace Campaign, Men Against Patriarchy, Training for Change, and Earth Quaker Action Team. He has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents, for a wide variety of groups including homeless people, prisoners, Russian lesbians and gays, Sri Lankan monks, Burmese guerrilla soldiers, striking steel workers, South African activists, Canadian academics, and leaders of indigenous peoples brought together by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Geneva.

Radical Democracy and Humanism: Intersections Between Performance and Action (2/9 – 2/27)

_DSC5655Swarthmore College (Departments of Music and Dance, Black Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Theatre, and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility) and the William J. Cooper Foundation present a three-week performance residency RADICAL DEMOCRACY AND HUMANISM: INTERSECTIONS BETWEEN PERFORMANCE AND ACTION. Conceived by Professor Sharon Friedler and led by Swarthmore graduate Kate Speer ‘08, the residency centers around engagements with David Dorfman Dance (DDD), a leading American modern dance company known for politically relevant works centered on community responsibility. From February 9 to February 27, 2015, workshops, classes and lectures will address a spectrum of positions and assumptions regarding intersecting issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, politics and the environment. The central performance, David Dorfman’s PROPHETS OF FUNK, for this residency will take place on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8PM in the Lang Performing Arts Center.

Participating facilitators for the residency include the following scholars and artists: Kate Speer ‘08, who has written and delivered papers on Dorfman’s dances, creative processes, and their connection to radical democracy, Teya Sepinuck, the founder and director of the Theater of Witness model of performance, David Kyuman Kim, a Connecticut College scholar of race, religion, and public life and George Lakey, visiting professor, non-violence advocate and civil rights activist. In the lectures and workshops, selections of David Dorfman’s repertory works will be taught as aids in broadening individual performing range and exposure to these processes will provide a common basis for the study and discussion of different aspects of performance. Discussions will delve into multiple opinions and perspectives in order to encourage participants to begin dialoguing about the questions at stake, effectively employing democratic practices within the concert stage environment. The residency will seek to explore how Dorfman creates dance that de-stigmatizes the notion of accessibility and interaction in post-modern performance and how dance can add a positive challenge to engage audiences in action.

A schedule for these events is available on our home page: These events are free and open to the public without reservations, but space is limited for some of the smaller lectures and workshops. Please contact or 610-328-8260 for more information.

Susan Marshall & Company brings PLAY/PAUSE (2/14 @ 8PM)

Susan Marshall brings one of her new and exciting dance-theater pieces to Swarthmore this February.


LPAC Pearson-Hall Theater (Mainstage)

8PM, Friday, February 14, 2014
Free and Open to the Public

In an electric guitar-fueled evening of postmodern dance-theater, Susan Marshall couples her intimate, structured choreography with the seductiveness of pop culture to explore our complex relationship to the media we consume. This evening-length piece for six dancers features a commissioned score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, performed live by members of electric guitar quartet Dither and Mantra Percussion. Play/Pause premiered in Chicago in September 2013.

Here’s a little preview:

The company will offer a Master Class with the dancers on Thursday 2/13 in the Troy Dance Lab at 4:30PM.

Need a campus job? Studio Art classes are looking for Models!

Prof. Logan Grider is looking for clothed student models to assist with life drawing and studio art classes.  Applications for the job are available in 306 of Beardsley Hall (Art Dept. Office) and in LPAC 004 (Dance Office).

General Info:

  • Models will be needed for studio art classes in the morning (8:30-11:10A) and afternoon (1:15-4P)
  • Most models will be scheduled to work one to two sessions a week and sessions will be scheduled in advance by the professor of the art class
  • Models are paid through Work Study
  • Models will be asked to pose in clothes for 30 minute blocks during scheduled class times.

For further questions and more information, contact Prof. Logan Grider in Beardsley Hall 215 (