Skip to content
lighting

What are your plans this summer? Curtain Raisers Summer Scholarships Available

                                            
What are your plans this summer?

CURTAIN RAISERS of The Claremont Colleges

Summer Theatre/Dance Scholarships   

The Curtain Raisers of The Claremont Colleges is a non-profit organization that supports theatre and dance at the colleges and in the community. Curtain Raisers, in partnership with the Dept. of Theatre & Dance, created the Claremont School of Theatre Arts, a summer theatre program for youth. The group also provides theatre programs at El Roble Intermediate School each year.

The Curtain Raisers Summer Theatre and Dance Scholarship Fund was established to assist students active in the Five College Theatre and Dance Dept. who wish to take part in summer theatre/dance activities, but who need financial assistance to participate. The modest funding for the scholarships is raised each year by member contributions.

 

Start looking NOW for summer positions.

 

Applications are available in the theatre office and on the web site for the Department of Theatre and Dance at http://theatre.pomona.edu/ .  Return completed applications to the theatre office or by email to tkwarner@verizon.net  by Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:00 P.M.

For additional information please call 909.621.8186.

Documentary Screening: Out! Loud!

Out! Loud! Documentary Screening by Betty Bernhard, Professor of Theatre

Out! Loud! is a 47 minute film of a group of young LGBT people in Pune, India who devised a theatre performance based on their real lives.  Professionally photographed and edited, and completely subtitled in English, the film focuses on rehearsals and performances, offering an unusual and intimate look into the transformative power of theatre for Social Change.

Out! Loud! has been shown at Indian festivals in Trivandrum, Chennai, and Pune, and at universities in the U.K. and Finland.

Friday, May 2nd  / 8:45pm

Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center

Free event and open to the public.

Leonard Pronko - Professor of Theatre

A Conversation with Leonard Pronko and Colleagues

Theatrical Journeys – Departures and Arrivals: A Conversation with Leonard Pronko and Colleagues.

Leonard Pronko, a cultural treasure of Pomona College, whose career at the College has spanned 57 years, is joined by distinguished Pomona Theatre colleague Thomas Leabhart and recent Theatre alunmus / Watson Fellow Sam Gold for a fascinating 3-way conversation between a storied and visionary theatrical traveler, a wise and experienced mentor, and a promising and talented young apprentice.

Seaver Theatre  Friday, May 2nd / 2:30pm – 3:30pm

 Free and open to the public.

Department of Theatre and Dance Open House (immediately following the panel discussion).

Seaver Theatre Courtyard / 3:30pm – 4:30pm

 

Rose Portillo

Theatre for Young Audiences

Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance and The Draper Center for Community Partnerships Present

Theatre for Young Audiences:

Bird Talk – A reimagining of the Persian Poem ‘Conference of the Birds’

Created in collaboration with the students from Fremont Academy for Engineering and Design

Professor, Director and Creative Artist, Rose Portillo

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

11:00am and 7:30pm

Seaver Theatre 300 East Bonita Avenue

Free Admission

Theatre for Young Audiences Program are made possible in part, by the Colleges’Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative.

 

At The Water's Edge  (Spring Dance 2012)

Soaring: The Annual Pomona College Dance Concert

First created in 1920 by modern dance pioneers Ruth St. Denis & Doris Humphery, Soaring is a seminal work in the early history of modern dance.  Lyrical and impressionistic, the piece explores the wonderful potential of human movement as it relates to moving air, flowing fabric, and incandescent light.  Carefully reconstructed for the Pomona College Concer, Soaring will be accompanied by a variety of newly choreographed works featuring contemporary and provocative movement styles and themes.

Artistic Direction by Laurie Cameron

Soaring: Thursday thru Saturday May 1st – 3rd / 8:00pm  & Sunday May 4th / 2:00pm

Seaver Theatre Box Office: 909.607.4375

seaverboxoffice@pomona.edu

 

MMPC -3

The Medieval Mystery Play Cycle

Amateur actors in medieval England devised short, but elaborate and spectacle filled “pageant wagon plays” about a variety of religious topics.  With titles such as Creation, Temptation, Noah, and Second Shepherd’s Play, the Mystery plays are simultaneously chaste yet bawdy, witty yet moving, and sacred yet profane.  Please join us as we perform selected works from these historical plays that are sure to inspire, entertain, and amuse you!

 

 

Seaver Theatre Box Office Now Open!

Seaver Theater Ticket Information

Theatre Building 2013

Pomona College, 300 East Bonita Ave., Claremont

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and one hour prior to curtain times.

Ticket Prices
$10 General Admission
$5 Students, Staff, and Seniors

The Medieval Mystery Play Cycle

Directed by Giovanni Ortega

Amateur actors in medieval England devised short, but elaborate and spectacle filled “pageant wagon plays” about a variety of religious topics.  With titles such as Creation, Temptation, Noah, and Second Sheperd’s Play, the Mystery plays are simultaneously chaste yet bawdy, witty yet moving, and sacred yet profane.  Please join us as we perform selected works from these historical plays that are sure to insprire, entertain, and amuse you!

Performance Dates:  April 10 – 12 @ 8:00 p.m. and April 12 & 13 @ 2:00 p.m.
Credit Cards are accepted online and at the Box Office; cash and check welcomed.

 

For additional information or questions please call 909-607-4375

Brown Bag Lunch Series!


Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance

BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES

THEATRE FOR THE CLAREMONT COLLEGE’S BROWN BAG SERIES IS BACK!!

Read more

Recent Articles

31
Mar

Curtain Raisers Theatre and Dance Summer Scholarship 2014


What are your plans this summer?

CURTAIN RAISERS of The Claremont Colleges

Summer Theatre/Dance Scholarships  

The Curtain Raisers of The Claremont Colleges is a non-profit organization that supports theatre and dance at the colleges and in the community. Curtain Raisers, in partnership with the Dept. of Theatre & Dance, created the Claremont School of Theatre Arts, a summer theatre program for youth. The group also provides theatre programs at El Roble Intermediate School each year.

 

The Curtain Raisers Summer Theatre and Dance Scholarship Fund was established to assist students active in the Five College Theatre and Dance Dept. who wish to take part in summer theatre/dance activities, but who need financial assistance to participate. The modest funding for the scholarships is raised each year by member contributions.

 

Awards will be made based on the application, interview, financial need and acceptance into a recognized summer theatre or dance program. The Scholarship Committee will consist of members of the Curtain Raisers Board and of the Theatre/Dance Faculty.  Interviews will take place on Thursday and Friday mornings, May 8 and May 9, 2014.

 

Students receiving scholarships will be asked to give an oral presentation of their summer experience to the Curtain Raisers in the fall after their return to the Colleges.

 

Guidelines
  1. The applicant must be a student who will be returning to one of The Claremont Colleges next year, to bring his/her experience back to the college community.
  2. Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors, and to students who have not previously received a scholarship from Curtain Raisers of the Claremont Colleges.
  3. Other considerations shall include financial need as reflected in the student’s college aid award and the student’s positive contributions to the Department of Theatre and Dance
    program.
  4. The applicant must have received a bona fide offer to a summer theatre or dance program which will contribute to the professional development of the student. The opportunity must be with a reputable theatre/dance organization.

 

Students should receive a job offer before applying for the scholarship.

 

Start looking NOW for summer positions.

Applications are available in the theatre office and on the web site for the Department of Theatre and Dance at http://theatre.pomona.edu/ .  Return completed applications to the theatre office or by email to tkwarner@verizon.net  by Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:00 P.M.

22
Mar

A message from the Chair of The Department of Theatre and Dance

THE POMONA COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

THEATRE FOR THE CLAREMONT COLLEGES

 

As the only art forms in which human beings are both medium and message, theatre and dance are the quintessential liberal arts. Thus the liberal arts environment is an ideal one in which to begin a lifetime of learning in theatre and dance. The Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance-Theatre for the Claremont Colleges- is committed to the highest levels of professional training within the context of this liberal arts tradition.

 

Our commitment begins in the classroom where an emphasis on the quality of learning informs all that we do. A friendly and caring faculty and small class size encourage students to work creatively in exploring the history, theory, literature, and techniques of theatre and dance. Our commitment is furthered by our dynamic and ethnically diverse production season. We view productions as important teaching tools, both for our students and for the rest of the College community, and therefore choose productions from a wide range of periods and styles. Our commitment is also strengthened by the exceptional financial support of the Claremont Colleges, which have given us a strong professional staff, adequate funding, and a gorgeous facility in which to do our work. Ultimately, our commitment is enhanced by the energy and commitment of our students, who bring intelligence, creativity, and verve to our challenging and exciting endeavor.

 

This commitment to the highest quality of teaching and learning, plus an attractive climate and the 5-College liberal arts setting, makes the Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance-Theatre for the Claremont Colleges- an exceptional place in which to work and learn. 

 

We invite you to join us…

 

-James P. Taylor

19
Feb

Open Casting Call

Announcing an open call for actors and technical staff for an original play, FOUND, concerning the Armenian Genocide.  This play is to be performed the evening of Thursday, April 24th at the Athenaeum on the CMC campus with an additional performance pending on the evening of Friday April 25that Pomona Theatre Department’s large studio. CMC student, Anoush Baghdassarian is the playwright seeking actors and those with technical and computer (particularly website and poster skills) from throughout the 7C campuses.

 FOUND is a one act play with a running time of about 45 minutes. Rehearsals will be over a 3-4 week span (allowing for Spring Break). Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday February 24th and 25th from 7-10pm with callbacks on Wednesday February 26th at Mckenna Auditorium on the CMC campus. Auditions will consist of reading of scenes from the play, so there will be no need to prepare an audition piece, but if you do have a dramatic monologue (or can prepare one) please bring it–we’d love to hear it. Also, attached is the character list and summary of the play.

 Please pick one audition date and time that works for you and sign up for it with this doodle poll. 

http://doodle.com/c6s57mti473ue54a

 If you cannot make the auditions and are still interested, please contact me. 

Also, if you are interested in the technical aspects, no need to come to auditions, just please email me. 

Please do not hesitate to email me at abaghdassarian17@students.claremontmckenna.edu

with any questions. 

Description of Play:

            FOUND is about a young girl named Lucine and her experience through the Armenian Genocide. Lucine’s family gets killed and Turkish soldiers take her brother away. Although Lucine knows her parents were killed, she still has hope that her brother is alive somewhere and she dedicates the next ten years of her life to searching for him. She encounters many people (two of whom are Turkish) along her way who have been victims of the Genocide as well. The play begins with the 1925 Lucine having a nightmare about the night her parents were killed 10 years earlier. She then goes to her desk to write about all the atrocities, hoping that they will not recur if she gets them out on paper. Everything she writes is then acted out on the portion of the stage beside her, representing 1915.

 

17
Feb

Which Way is Up? Balance Workshop

Which Way Is Up?

Workshop taught by Erik Bendix

Open to anyone in the Claremont Community

Friday, February 21st, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Pendleton Dance Center Downstairs Studio

 

 We take our balance for granted. But most of us are careening through our lives pretty far out of balance. We would never think of driving cars that were this far out of alignment. Maybe we just don’t know how to tune ourselves up. It’s likely to be a long drive, so we had better start learning. Drawing from his experience teaching skiing, dervish whirling, and a practice he invented called “standing under your head”, Erik Bendix shares some practical tools for learning to align with the planet.

 Erik Bendix is a visiting faculty member this half-semester at Pomona College. He is a certified Teacher of Body-Mind CenteringTM, an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and holds degrees in philosophy from Oxford and Princeton. He teaches world dance traditions worldwide, is a published poet and translator, and like you he has the whole planet under him. 

3
Feb

Claremont College’s 10-Minute Play Festival: Air*

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 4:00pm / Seaver Theatre

Department of Theatre and Dance

 Our annual and popular, New Play Festival.  Each year, all memeber of the Claremont College community are invited to submit plays around a common theme.  This years theme for 2013-2014 is Air.  Winners selected produce the plays with student directors and performers.  For More information contact Professor Joyce Lu: Joyce.Lu@pomona.edu

 

 

 

 

3
Feb

Spring 2014 Theatre & Dance Season

Claremont College’s 10-Minute Playwriting Festival: Air*

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 4:00pm / Seaver Theatre

Our annual and popular, New Play Festival.  Each year, all member of the Claremont College Community are invited to submit play around a common theme.  2013-2014 theme is Air.  Winners are selected are the Department produces the plays with student directors and performers.  For more information contact Professor Joyce Lu: Joyce.Lu@pomona.edu .

Tartuffe by Moliere - Directed by Leonard Pronko

March 6th – 8th at 8:00pm and March 8th – 9th at 2:00pm / Seaver Theatre

Banned as blasphemous on its first performance in 1664, Moliere’s timeless comedy is as relevant today as in the seventeenth century.  Televangelists, abusive father-figures and dishonest politicians are foreshadowed in Moliere’s comedy, but its underlying seriousness never dampens his irrepressible gaiety, as clever servants and wise wives help to keep in balance a world threatened by maniacal fathers and cunning knaves.

The Medieval Mystery Play Cycle – Directed by Givoanni Ortega

April 10th – 12th at 8:00pm and April 12th & 13th at 2:00pm / Allen Theatre

Amateur actors in medieval Engleand devised short, but elaborate and spectacle filled “pageant wagon plays” about a variety of religious topics.  With titles such as Creation, Temptation, Noah, and Second Shepherd’s Play, the Mystery plays are simultaneously chaste yet bawdy, witty yet moving, and sacred yet profane.  The selected works from these historical plays are sure to inspire, entertain, and amuse you.

Theatre for Young Audiences*

April 10th at 7:00pm / Seaver Theatre

Join us for the annual performance of Theatre for Young Audiences, a collaboration between the Department, Pomona College’s Draper Center for Community Partnerships, and Fremont Meddle School in the city of Pomona.

Soaring: The Annual Pomona College Dance Concert – Artistic Direction by Laurie Cameron

May 1st – 3rd at 8:00pm and May 4th at 2:00pm / Seaver Theatre

First created in 1920 by the dance pioneers Denishawn, Soaring is a seminal work in the history of modern dance. Lyrical and impressionistic, the piece explores the magical potential of human movement as it relates to moving air, flowing fabric, and incandescent light,  Carefully reconstructed for the Pomona College Concert Soaring will be accompanied by a variety of newly choreographed works featuring contemporary and provocative movement styles and themes.

*Programs are made possible, in part by the Colleges’ Mellon elemental Arts Initiative.

 

 

16
Jan
Giovanni Ortega - Director

Giovanni Ortega – Director, The Medieval Mystery Plays

Giovanni Ortega will be directing The Medieval Mystery Plays for the Department of Theatre and Dance this Spring.  Performance dates: April 9th -13th, 2014.

General Auditions Information and Sign-ups available at Seaver Theatre or call Mary 909.621.8186 for additional information.

Giovanni Ortega

Director: For East West Players New Works Festival: I Heart LA, Head Aches, Max and the Revolution, Apple Falls from Tree, Guava Season, No Strings Quintet and Laid Off, The Charlatan, Jack in Common.

Recent Works:Flow (Getty Museum), Lost in the Margins, Lazy John, Kwentong Pinoy (Pacific Asia Museum), Freedom (Kularts SF), People Like Me (Occidental College), Vida y Muerto (Fowler Museum), People Power (Southern Utah University).

Producer: Playwright’s Festival KWENTO, Kita Tayo sa SIPA series, Noche de Artistas – A Spoken Word Salon.

He wrote: ALLOS, the story of Carlos Bulosan which was commissioned by East West Players Theater and toured all over Southern California in 2011. It was produced in Chicago the following year by the CIRCA Pintig Theater Company, who will once again present ALLOS as part of Migrant Stories in March, 2014. During the same time, East West Players will include an excerpt of his work in a touring show called Our American Voice.

Choreographer: Blood Wedding, Girl Most Likely To, Smoke and Mirrors, Romeo and Juliet 3, Tea, with Music, Cinnamon Girl.

 Giovanni has performed all over North America with Playfair, a one-man show that incorporates motivational speaking, diversity engagement and improvisation. He recently took the literary artist category for FPAC Pahayag Project for the most sought after author with his first book, ‘Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio’, published by The Undeniables. He is currently the Producing Artistic Director of MEZÇLÃO Artistas.

 For more information go to: www.giovanniortega.com

 

12
Dec

SPRING 2014 AUDITION INFORMATION – Updated 01/16/2014

Spring 2014 Auditions.

Tartuffe by Moliere

The Medieval Mystery Play Cycle

Auditions: Wednesday, January 22 6:00pm – 10:00pm & Thursday, January 23, 2014  6:00pm – 8:00pm

Callbacks: Thursday, January 23th

Scripts are available on Sakai.

Sign-up will be available in theatre office in January.

Tartuffe, by Moliere.

Verse translation by Richard Wilbur  / Directed by Leonard Pronko

Seaver Theatre / Performance dates-March 5-9, 2014

Script available on Sakai

 Auditionees are requested to prepare the following:  One comic monologue, ideally from a play by Moliere, or a Restoration author such as Sheridan or Goldsmith. (Plays can be found at Honnold Library or the Theatre Department Library at Seaver Theatre). The expectation is that the monologue be memorized, and be no more than 2-3 minutes in length.

 

The Medieval Mystery Plays

Directed by Giovanni Ortega

Allen Theatre / Performance dates-April 9-13, 2014

For the Audition:

 

  • Please prepare your favorite story from the bible (1-2 minutes). Off-book
  • or a dramatic monologue (1- 2 minutes) . Off Book

In addition, we are also seeking singers, musicians and dancers. 

We would love to hear you sing, play music or dance (1-2 minutes).

 

Please choose one:

  • sing a verse and the chorus of  Say something http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC8tP9Oo52Y
  • or sing any contemporary ballad
  • play an instrument (an original piece you wrote) 
  • or play something similar to Bon Iver, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3VjaCy5gck

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLJf9qJHR3E

  • dancers, a 30 second movement piece. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mey46l5u0c

 

 

 

 

 

4
Dec
Seaver Theatre

Town Hall Meeting – 2013

  

 

      The Department of Theatre and Dance

     Invite you to the 2013 Town Hall Meeting             

           Thursday – December 12, 2013

                     12noon – 1:00pm

            Seaver Theatre – Large Studio

                    Pizza will be served.

 

 

18
Nov

Interview with Director Karen Christopher ~ Free As Air

Free As Air -World Premiere!
Free As Air is a collaboratively devised performance work taking on the subject of air. From air looms and flying machines to the preservation of the upper atmosphere, we find a route to uncovering what matters to the individual, to society, and to the ecology that surrounds and supports us.

Free As Air is sponsored in part by the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative at Pomona College.

November 21 – November 23 at 8:00pm and November 23 & 24 at 2:00pm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LCpjN89OyM&feature=youtu.be