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

Kevin Collier

Kevin Collier is a 1991 Theatre and Media Arts graduate of Rhodes. He worked at Tulane University in the publishing field before joining a Memphis advertising firm in 1998. After seven years as a graphic designer and Internet project manager, he returned to Rhodes in the winter of 2006 by joining the staff as managing director of the McCoy Theatre.


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