The McCoy Theatre opened in 1982 with a production of Candide. The sixty-by-sixty-foot black-box theatre is versatile enough to accommodate almost infinite possibilities for stage and seating configurations. Productions in the McCoy have ranged from the intimate Fifth of July to the spectacular Nicholas Nickleby. Renovations in 2005 doubled the McCoy Theatre in size, adding a second black-box theatre, set construction, wardrobe design and storage space, classrooms and theatre faculty offices.

The Department of Theatre at Rhodes College does theatre.

We find it. We make it. We study it. We live it.

McCoy Theatre

For more than thirty years, the McCoy Theatre has been the production arm of the Department of Theatre.

The department′s efforts to understand theatrical performance find application in this large, black box space. The McCoy′s seasons seek to investigate the human condition, broadly, and aim to engage with the college′s liberal arts curriculum.  In this respect, the McCoy looks not only to test and to try what theatrical performance does, but looks to collaborate with the campus′s various programs of study.

Studying Theatre at Rhodes College

The Things We Do

The department aims to help students explore and study theatre in depth and in variety.

Our curriculum strives to understand theatre, and expects earnest engagement of students.  We understand that theatre arises from a combination of creativity and discipline, from inspiration and study, and that this artistic milieu not only produces skills that transfer to all sorts of futures, but also shapes human beings who can shape the future.

McCoy Theatre Presents "Thebes: Contending with Gods and Contemplating Sphinxes"

During his sabbatical in the fall semester of 2013, Rhodes Professor David Jilg developed a performance piece centered on and connecting the myths about the ancient city of Thebes. These reimaginings of the classic stories of jealous gods and human vulnerability remind us that our search for understanding fate is far from over.

Performance Dates: Nov. 7 & 8, 13-16 with shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. except the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee

$10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens (65+), $2 for Rhodes students, $5 for all other students (college/high school)

David Mason

My research wanders around in the overlap of theatre and religion.  Broadly, I think theatre and religion operate similarly and accomplish similar aims.  While doing other things, as well, both develop the conditions out of which emerges heightened experience, or what psychologist Abraham Maslow called “peak experience”.  A shared device by which both phenomena make heightened experiences available is role-play.  Theatre and religion offer adjunct identities, through the playing of which people bring ideal realities into existence.  By playing the “H


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