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Department of Theatre and Dance


Students on stage at the Center for Performance Experiment

Center for Performance Experiment

Invention and imagination come to the forefront at the Center for Performance Experiment.  This unique performance space is dedicated to actor training, so you can expect new and traditional works presented in exciting, experimental ways.

2019-2020 CPE Season

The Center for Performance Experiment is located at 718 Devine Street. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased at the door or online.

Stories of Dislocation

September 26 - October 6, 2019

An Original Slow Tempo Work by Robyn Hunt
Center for Performance Experiment

Professor Robyn Hunt's slow tempo theatre work utilizes transcripts from immigrants and refugees to inspire patterns of migration and interaction between travelers, between strangers, on a road from somewhere in the past toward something ahead. The company will perform in two very different movements: one speaking, in which the actors will offer up stories and experiences of people they have interviewed, and the other in silence, moving gently and precisely in slow tempo toward the unknown, toward the next thing, possibly deliverance.

MFA Solo Shows

November 15-17, 2019

Created and Performed by 2nd-Year MFA Actors
Center for Performance Experiment

Our 2nd-year MFA Acting candidates will present solo plays, which each has written and directed.  Join us for a special performance of diverse, original works!

Black Snow

March 19-28, 2020

Written by Mikhail Bulgakov
Adapted by Keith Reddin
Directed by Steven Pearson

Center for Performance Experiment

Keith Reddin’s adaptation of legendary Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's 1936 novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Bulgakov's experience with the Moscow Art Theatre, headed in part by influential director Konstantin Stanislavski. In Black Snow, a writer named Sergei Maxudov is persuaded to submit his novel to the "Independent Theatre" to have it adapted for the stage, but quickly finds himself and his creation subject to the whims of the theatre's figureheads. Censored for its criticism of the Soviet government, the original novel didn't actually see publication until 1967, more than twenty-five years after Bulgakov's death.