Arts and Culture at Wake Forest

Arts and Culture at Wake Forest University


Courses include acting, voice and movement, design, production, directing and the history of theatre. Students not only learn through books and lectures, but through self exploration and creative expression as well. The department’s small size but large number of classes and productions makes performance possible for almost everyone through dynamic plays and musicals encompassing a variety of periods and styles, and offers practical exposure to performing and producing plays.

Theatre: Spring 2015 Highlights

Love’s Labor’s Lost

ce220a484a9a966fdb12a6c97815dfe10c8ab4d5Love’s Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare and directed by John E. R. Friedenberg.

These are barren tasks, too hard to keep, Not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep! Four best friends decide to withdraw from society and for 3 years, to study and learn the secrets of the universe with their fraternal brethren. These Young Men create a retreat where they can study together without the petty distractions of the world at large. Scarcely have they begun when their vows are challenged by the arrival of 4 visitors…each a child of our grandmother Eve, a female; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman.

Watch and laugh as Shakespeare spins us this version of a tale as old as time.

All performances will be in the Mainstage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center.

Tickets for individual productions are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $7 for students (price includes NC sales tax). April 3-4 & 9-11, 2015 at 7:30 PM April 5 & 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM

*Note: Season tickets for this production need to be reserved by March 30.

Added January 5th

Theatre: Fall 2014 Highlights

These Shining Lives

Scales Fine Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre — Part fairy-tale, part tragedy, These Shining Lives chronicles the stories of these “radium girls,” and their life-changing friendships. A luminous play about curiosity, greed, heroism, health, time, money, and hope. All performances will be in the Mainstage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center. September 19-20 & 25-27, 2014 at 7:30 PM September 21 & 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Clybourne Park

Scales Fine Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre — Bruce Norris’s ferocious Pulitzer Prize winning play is filled with brilliant side splitting “I can’t believe I’m laughing at this” humor and pulls no punches in its provocative look at race and real estate. Act I, it’s 1959 and the neighborhood association will do anything to keep a black family from moving in…but they’re not racist! Act II, its 50 years later, and the same now dilapidated house is caught in the sweep of gentrification. The conflict between two middle class couples, one black the other white, over what is to become of the house, sharply and often hilariously exposes the dangerous illusions that lie beneath our politically correct ideals. Show dates are October 31-November 1 & 6-8, 2014 at 7:30 PM November 2 & 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Added September 8th

Theatre: Spring 2014 Highlights


Our Country’s Good

The first Governor of a wild new penal colony in Australia believed in the transformative power of theatre. Arguing the merits of allowing criminals to perform a play, Captain Arthur Phillip says, “The theatre is an expression of civilization…for a few hours we will no longer be despised prisoners and hated gaolers. We will laugh, we may be moved, we may even think a little. Can you think of something else that will provide such an evening?”

The Olivier and Tony Award winning play, Our Country’s Good tells the moving, sometimes painful, and often funny story of the dedication and passion a group of convicts in one of the remotest corners of their known world, poured into the production of a play that changed their lives.

Friday, April 4 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 5 at 7:30pm

Added March 3rd