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The University of Richmond Department of Theatre & Dance believes in the power of theatre and dance to build community through art, and that access to the arts should not be limited in any way. In partnership with the School of Arts & Sciences, we have created the UR Free Theatre and Dance initiative in order to remove economic barriers and make theatre and dance accessible to everyone. We are committed to the theatre as a vibrant cultural force that engages audiences in meaningful and addresses important issues of our time through compelling live performances. 

2020-2021 UR Free Theatre and Dance Season  

Richard III

by William Shakespeare, November 11-14 at 7PM, Jenkins Greek Theater

Directed by Walter Schoen 

This fast-paced production of Richard III focuses in on a man who will do anything, including destroy his own family, in his quest for power.  Rising from the destruction left by the Wars of the Roses, Richard betrays, murders, and seduces his way to the throne of England... but can he keep it?  This production's condensed portrait of Shakespeare's famous villain will horrify and intrigue you.  Members of the UR community can join us for in-person, physically distanced performances at Jenkins Greek Theater, and the production will be available for streaming for a limited time. 


Blood at the Root

by Dominique Morrisseau, February 11-14

Directed by Katrinah Carol Lewis 

Blood at the Root is a bold new ensemble drama based on the case of the Jena Six that examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes.  On a hot fall day, a black student sits under the old oak tree in front of the high school that is usually a gathering place for white students. The next day, three nooses are found hanging from the tree. Racial tensions continue to mount until winter when six black students beat up a white student in the cafeteria and all the students are forced to confront the nature of racial bias.  Moving, lyrical, and bold, Morrisseau's Blood at the Root offers an exciting challenge for a community of young actors to create art addressing the most challenging issues of our time. 


TIME | IN | SPACE

University Dancers 36th Anniversary Concert

Premiering Friday, March 19, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. EST.
Available on demand through March 25, 2021

Directed by Anne Van Gelder
Costume Design by Johann Stegmeir
Light Design by Maja E. White

If you would like to make arrangements for class tickets, email Jessie Buford with your request.

University Dancers celebrates 36 years of engaging dance with our annual concert that brings to the University of Richmond the work of innovative choreographers Ephrat Asherie, Alexandra Damiani, and Christopher K. Morgan. 

Ephrat Asherie has trained her entire life in multiple genres of dance, but identifies the styles of breaking, hip hop, and house as her choreographic vocabulary. Asherie's artistic aesthetic utilizes urban social dance as a means to educate and engage community. Alexandra Damiani, former artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, returns to Richmond for her fourth creative residency. Her work, noted for its broken lines, isolated parts and group dynamics is fused with a progressive movement vocabulary.  

We welcome to Richmond Christopher K. Morgan, founder and artistic director of Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, a DC-based contemporary dance company. Themes in Morgan’s work range from gender identity to environmental issues to race, and his work has been produced internationally. The concert will also feature new works choreographed by Richmond favorite, Starrene Foster, Founder/Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance; Eric Rivera, faculty member in VCU’s Department of Dance & Choreography and former dancer with Ballet Hispánico; and Anne Van Gelder, department faculty member and Artistic Director of University Dancers.

Outstanding adjudicated student choreography and live music will be featured, and department faculty members Johann Stegmeir and Maja E. White will design costumes and lights, respectively. Do not miss these talented dancers perform in a variety of contemporary works.

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FAME, THE MUSICAL

Available on demand | Thursday-Sunday, April 15-18, 2021 

Conceived and Developed by David DeSilva
Book by Jose Fernandez
Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Music by Steve Margoshes
Title Song “FAME” written by Dean Pitchford & Michael Gore
Directed by Dorothy Holland 

Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street, FAME - THE MUSICAL is a bittersweet but inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today: issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. 

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NOTE:

All performances are free for all, but reservations are required.

To reserve tickets visit the individual performance ticket links above, or visit the Modlin Center Box Office.