Welcome to the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies' 2020-2021 Season!

We invite you to watch a play, hum along to the music, and laugh out loud with our improv comedians. In the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies (TPS), we share and create stories that inspire, build community, and transform. Our diverse season of student work includes plays, musicals, spoken word performances, adaptations of classic literature, storytelling, improv comedy, and new works. This year, many of our performances will be streamed live via ArtsKSU Virtual. Our regular performances are staged in two elegant venues on the Kennesaw campus: the Stillwell Theater, our 315-seat proscenium, and the Onyx Theater, our intimate black box space. 

 View our 2020-2021 season below, or download a PDF.

2020-2021 TheatreKSU Season PDF

  • Grace performing on stage.

    Grace, or The Art of Climbing

    Watch Live

    A poetic and athletic play about rock-climbing.

    Faced with a painful chapter in her life and fighting the inertia of depression, Emm decides to enter the world of competitive rock-climbing. Her quest through the rugged and humorous terrain of physical training and personal relationships charts the journey of a young woman suspended between love and loss, strength and fear, and the ardor and grace of being human.

    By L.M. Feldman
    Directed by Emily Kitchens

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    Join us for FREE TALKBACK SESSIONS after each performance!

    Tue, Sep 29 • 7:30 pm
    Talkback: Q&A with the Cast

    Wed, Sep 30 • 7:30 pm
    Talkback: Q&A with the Design Team

    Thu, Oct 1 • 7:30 pm
    Talkback: Depression Awareness, Sponsored by KSU Counseling & Psychological Services

    Fri, Oct 2 • 8:00 pm
    Talkback: Playwright LM Feldman (and the Art of Queer, Feminist Theatre)

    Sat, Oct. 3 • 8:00 pm
    Rock Climbing Culture with Department of Sports and Recreation

    Sun, Oct 4 • 3:00 pm
    Talkback: Art in the Time of COVID-19: Virtual Theatre

  • Two actresses, holding hands, onstage after a performance.

    Coming-Out Monologues

    Thu, Oct 8 • 7:30 pm

    Fri, Oct 9 • 8:00 pm

    Inspiring, celebratory, and thought-provoking, this performance features coming-out stories from KSU and metro area communities performed by KSU students.

    Directed by Karen Robinson and TPS Students
    Co-produced with the KSU LGBTQ Resource Center

  • Two actresses performing on stage.

    Water by the Spoonful

    Tue, Nov 3 • 7:30 pm

    Wed, Nov 4 • 7:30 pm

    Thu, Nov 5 • 7:30 pm

    Fri, Nov 6 • 8:00 pm

    Sat, Nov 7 • 8:00 pm

    Sun, Nov 8 • 3:00 pm

    Heartrending, funny, and ultimately hopeful, this Pulitzer prize-winning play charts multiple paths towards recovery for characters who are haunted by war, drug addiction, and broken families. As the play travels between online and real worlds, we are reminded that human connections and authentic relationships in both worlds rescue us from despair and make us whole.

    By Quiara Alegría Hudes
    Directed by Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes

  • A group of actors from K.I.S.S. posing together.

    K.I.S.S. (Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!)

    Fri, Nov 13 • 8:00 pm

    Sat, Nov 14 • 8:00 pm

    Sat, Nov 14 • 10:30 pm

    Improv Dangerously is the mantra of the organization, popularly known as “Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!” or “K.I.S.S.”. No blood, no foul. Sidesplitting, surprising, and sometimes, absolutely silly. Keep your hands inside the ride, folks. Buckle up.