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.

In addition to staging everything from Sophocles to Jarry to Beckett to Vogel, the McCoy space has hosted professional performers from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and from as far away as England and India.

In 2006, the department added a second black box space, nearly the size of the McCoy Theatre, which functions as a studio, lecture hall, rehearsal space, and theatre for ad hoc performances. The expansion of the building also gave the department a new smart classroom and costume shop.

We use these spaces. We overuse these spaces.

And, in case you were wondering: Yes. We rock.

McCoy theatre is a member of Heart of the Arts

Season 37 at the McCoy Theatre

Audiences for popular theatre today can be compared in in many ways to the same group in the time of Shakespeare. For the good seats, you’ll often need deep pockets. In the interest of community building while also acknowledging art should be accessible to everyone, this season the McCoy is trying out a bold experiment. Admission to all public performances will be free! Just come with an open mind and a willing spirit, and join us on these storytelling journeys.


Presenting Season 37

Theophilus North
by Matthew Burnett
based on the novel by Thornton Wilder
directed by David Jilg
November 3 & 4, 9-12, 2017
7:30pm each night

November 12, 2017

Sunday matinee at 2:00pm
Set in the tiny resort town of Newport, Rhode Island, during the height of the Jazz Age in the summer of 1926, Theophilus North follows the exploits of the title character as he searches for adventure and his place in the world. Quitting his teaching position in New Jersey, and stranded in Newport after his jalopy breaks down, thirty-year-old Theophilus takes odd jobs in houses of the wealthy, infiltrating himself into the lives and troubles of Newport’s residents, both upstairs and downstairs. -Samuel French

music by Jeanine Tesori
book and lyrics by Brian Crawley
based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts

directed by Karissa Coady (’18)
March 16 & 17, 22-24, 2018

7:30pm each night
March 25, 2018

Sunday matinee at 2:00pm
As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved, she's traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. On the way, she meets a young, African-American soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical "imperfections." –Music Theatre International

From Harlem to Hamilton
devised by Dr. Noelle Chaddock

April 19 & 20, 2018 at 7:30pm each night
April 21, 2018 at 5:30pm  

Following Spring semester coursework surveying the history of African American theatre in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Dr. Chaddock’s students will perform a three-night showcase of their research.


Also this year at the McCoy …

pool (no water)
by Mark Ravenhill

co-directed and choreographed by Callie Compton and Damian Stuchko

February 2 & 3, 8-10, 2018
7:30pm each night in the Ewing Studio
February 11, 2018
Sunday matinee at 2:00pm
produced by Weightless Aerial Company and Rhodes Theatre Guild

Can you love someone and hate them at the same time? Rhodes Theatre Guild and Weightless Aerial Company explore the tension between the successful and the jealous using acrobatics, aerial, and broken bodies.

Dr. Voynich and Her Children
by Leanna Keyes, directed by Molly Mulhern (‘18)

April 12-14, 2018
7:30pm each night in the Ewing Studio
Our story takes us into the lives of a traveling herbalist and her eager apprentice who are journeying through the heartland of the U.S. Although this play takes place in the future, society has regressed into a world where every decision is a risk. Despite this, in the midst of this chaotic world, new love blooms while old love rekindles, and a life-altering choice is made that changes everything.

The 13th Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival
presented by Voices of the South
May 25 & 26, 2018
The ultimate family-friendly arts experience awaits you and your loved ones on Memorial Day weekend. The festival features over a dozen different performances, workshops, street performers and arts activities galore. It’s pay-what-you-can fun for the whole family. A full calendar of events will be available at in the Spring of 2018.