Numerous opportunities for production are offered by a wide variety of performance groups at MIT. Most groups stage both full scale and smaller scale productions throughout the year and most of these groups are independent student organizations, run and operated by the students themselves. Two exceptions are the MIT Dramashop, a cocurricular student theater group, and Dance Theater Ensemble, a cocurricular dance group. Each of these groups is sponsored by the Department of Theater Arts, and participation in their productions can be applied toward course credit.
MIT Dramashop is a co-curricular student theater group open to all members of the MIT community. We offer many opportunities for people interested in acting, directing, stage managing, writing, and designing or building sets, lights, sound, and costumes.
Each spring, former Associate Provost for the Arts and Professor of Theater Arts Alan Brody selects a small number of student-written one-act plays to develop in a workshop setting. Priority goes to students who are or who have been members of the Playwrights’ Workshop 21M.785, but anyone can submit scripts. Requests for submission go out at the beginning of the spring semester. Announcement of the plays selected and auditions occur just before spring break. Rehearsals begin immediately after spring break, and the performance occurs in early May.
Playwrights in Performance gives young playwrights the opportunity to follow their scripts through the production process and work closely with actors and directors on revisions. It gives actors the opportunity to work on the creation of new roles and technicians the chance to work as part of an ensemble. Playwrights in Performance gives audiences the opportunity to discover and support new talent.