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University Theater has brought student-driven performance to UChicago since 1898. We now produce over thirty-five shows a year, across five distinct theater spaces, with an annual audience of ten thousand. From the smallest workshop reading to the largest mainstage, all of our productions are proposed, directed, designed and performed by students. We are excited to offer resources and audience to students with ambition, regardless of their major or minor.
In addition to supporting student direction, TAPS offers opportunities for collaboration with Chicago theater professionals. Twice a year, TAPS invites directors, writers and designers from around the city to serve student performance and to develop new work with those students. The UT/TAPS Acting Studio production offers student actors the chance to work with directors like Audrey Francis of Black Box Acting, next to fellow students as well as professional actors. The UT/TAPS Pro Show invites writers and companies to develop and devise new work, through classes and rehearsal and production. In 2012, Mickle Maher of Theater Oobleck workshopped a stage adaptation of Stanislavski’s An Actor Prepares, and UT/TAPS presented its premiere. In 2013, The New Colony and UT/TAPS devised and premiered reWILDing Genius, which went on to feature in Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep series that Winter. Most recently, Halena Kays and Jay Torrence of The Ruffians led students in devising a circus event based on the life and work of Studs Terkel entitled Buried in Bughouse Square, which premiered at the University of Chicago's own Studs Terkel Festival.
University Theater is committed to nurturing artistic practice and affecting catharsis across campus. You should join us, soon.