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Theater at Harvard

From the Theater at Harvard overview from the Office for the Arts:

The Theater community at Harvard is a unique environment where undergraduates have the opportunity to make quality theater with creative freedom. Theater at Harvard is different from programs at other universities. Although Harvard doesn't currently offer a Theater or primary Dramatic Arts concentration, courses are offered through the Committee on Dramatic Arts and a newly created secondary field in Dramatic Arts. In addition, many other departments offer related courses. It is possible to build a special concentration with theater as a component (contact theRegistrar for more information about Special Concentrations).

The practice of theater at Harvard University is largely extracurricular, and for the most part, student organized and managed. Over 60 productions – almost entirely produced, directed, designed, acted, and run by students – are presented each year. There are more than a dozen theater organizations on campus, including theHarvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC), Hasty Pudding TheatricalsHarvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan PlayersHyperion Shakespeare CompanyBlackCAST,Dunster House Opera, and Lowell House Opera. There are several theater venues on campus:

  • the Loeb Drama Center which comprises the 540-seat Loeb Mainstage and the blackbox Experimental Theater (the Ex);
  • the 250-seat Farkas Hall (formerly New College Theatre);
  • the 330-seat proscenium Agassiz Theatre (The Ag);
  • and the 90-seat Adams Pool Theatre (yes, it used to be an actual pool).

Productions often are performed in unconventional spaces as well, such as House dining halls, common rooms, and even courtyards.

The main organizations that support theater at Harvard University are the Office for the Arts (OFA) , the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), one of the country’s premiere professional companies in residence at the Loeb Drama Center.