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Theatre, BA

Hone your craft under our expert faculty while learning the art of performance. Theatre Majors at The W study stagecraft, directing, acting, set, lighting and costume design and playwriting.

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Theatre Education

For those who wish to teach theatre in a K-12 setting, the state's first-ever bachelor's degree with an emphasis in theatre education is now available through the Department of Theatre at The W.

Theatre Education

Physical Theatre, MFA

The Master of Fine Arts in Physical Theatre is offered in conjunction with the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. The program combines the study of movement/dance, Italian language, vocal study, and music with the study of circus arts, the techniques of the commedia dell’arte, and contemporary mime/masks.

Graduate Theatre


COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Two Mississippi University for Women professors are assisting in the performances of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at New Stage Theatre in Jackson.

William “Peppy” Biddy, professor of theatre and director of graduate studies in theatre, is directing the play and David Carter, associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, is designing the set.

Written by Christopher Durang, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is a comedy which revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. This genial reunion quickly turns into a hilarious free-for-all. This humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes poses the question: if you could choose your family, would you necessarily choose your family?

“The play is about three siblings who are in their 50s. It’s about a family that’s rather dysfunctional but also hilarious,” said Biddy. “It’s really funny, and you don’t want to know too much because there are a lot of surprises. Like all adult comedies, it has lots of layers to it.”

The ensemble cast includes David Cantor as Vanya (Berkely Heights, N.J.), Jo Ann Robinson as Sonia (Pearl), Alyson Reim as Masha (New York, N.Y.), Noah Bridgestock as Spike (New York, N.Y.), Hope Prybylski as Nina (Jackson) and Sharon Miles as Cassandra (Hattiesburg).

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is being performed through April 30, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $28 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, located inside the Jane Reid Theatre Center, charged by phone by calling the theatre at (601) 948-3531 or ordered online at www.newstagetheatre.com. The theatre is located in the Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center at 1100 Carlisle Street in the Belhaven neighborhood.

The performance is sponsored by the Meyer and Genevieve Falk Endowment Fund for Culture and Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. It is recommended for ages 14 and older due to mature language and situations.

April 28, 2017
Contact: Urusha Silwal
(662) 497-8028
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