Department of Theatre Arts

Department of Theatre Arts

An internationally acclaimed leader and producer of artistic merit. Featuring internationally celebrated faculty engaging the African Diaspora and the World.

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PHYLICIA RASHAD

THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS WELCOMES HOME ALUMNA PHYLICIA RASHAD AS DEAN OF THE CHADWICK A. BOSEMAN COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS!

 

Welcome Letter from the Office of the Associate Dean of Fine Arts!

Dear Class of 2025:

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the Division of Fine Arts at Howard University! Earning a place in our community of artist-scholars is no small achievement and we are delighted that you have selected Howard to continue your creative and intellectual journey. You now share a history with revered Howardites such as Taraji P. Henson, Richard Smallwood, Toni Morrison, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Anderson, Kamala Harris, Roberta Flack, Lois Mailou Jones, David Driskell, Nick Cannon and many more.

As an alumna (Dr. Farrington) and a long-time member of the University community (Coordinator Paige-Deneal), we can attest to the fact that your lives will change forever as a result of your decision to make Howard your educational home. Since coming to Howard as a reticent teenager from New York and receiving my BFA, I (Dr. Farrington) have remained in touch with my faculty mentors, whose examples and support have sustained me for a lifetime. The same opportunities await you.

The mission of our Art, Music and Theatre faculty is to prepare you to become multi-talented creators and thinkers with a breadth of knowledge and skills that spans disciplines. Our goal is also to infuse you with a sense of the importance of service—to your communities and beyond. The arts have an innate ability to enhance the human experience, and you, as members of the art community, now share in this power.

Your experience at Howard will be shaped not only by faculty and advisors, but also by you—it will be what you make it; and it will be limited only by the limitations you place on yourselves. Know that we are here to help you in any way that we can, so that your journey is a successful one.

Once again, welcome to Howard!

 

Sincerely, 

Lisa E. Farrington, PhD, MPhil, MA                        Thelma Paige-Deneal 

Associate Dean of Fine Arts                                   Fine Arts Student Affairs Coordinator

 

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A Welcome Letter from our Interim Chair: Dr. Ofosuwa M. Abiola

Welcome to the Department of Theatre Arts

You have made a life altering choice by majoring in Theatre Arts at Howard University. The Department offers five concentrations: Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, Arts Administration, and Theatre Technology. The Theatre Arts Department is known for its illustrious alumni, historical relevance, and for providing students the opportunity to engage up and coming and established renowned guest artists. Once involved with our dedicated faculty and modern-day, culturally relevant programming, our success in producing skilled, grounded performers, triple threats, theatre administrators, and technical theatre practitioners will be apparent. With a history of over a century, and distinction as the first HBCU to offer a BFA degree, Howard’s Department of Theatre Arts will continue to lead as an artist incubator and producer of cutting-edge artists who are not afraid to step out of the box. From Phylicia Rashad, Chuck Davis, and Debbie Allen, to Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Anderson, and many others in-between and beyond, Howard’s footprint in the Acting, Dance, and the Musical Theatre world is significant.

With the last academic year being marked by the historical events of the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Covid-19 Pandemic, and all online instruction for a virtually hands-on discipline, students were challenged to rise to the occasion. They had to embrace the understanding that some changes made as a result of these historic events would be with us for years to come – and that some would never leave. However, while navigating the Theatre Arts program students quickly came to the realization that these realities were nonfactors with regard to their growth and ultimate achievement of excellence.

Although a light is at the end of the tunnel, Covid, racial, gender, and many other inequities, and injustices are still a reality. For academic year 2021-2022, you will be challenged to rise; to reimagine and rebuild what has long been neglected due to the social and political climate you find yourself in in this country; to push yourself until the inner excellence that we know you possess can no longer be contained within; and to rival the sun – an achievable feat because you have decided to join a list of luminaries by choosing Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts.

Your journey starts now.

Ofosuwa M. Abiola, PhD

Interim Chair, Department of Theatre Arts

The Howard Players recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Project1Voice!

Project1Voice is a national service organization that promotes and strengthens the American theater, specifically black theater companies and black playwrights. We accepted this award on June 20th and hope to remain in touch with this organization.

2021 Project1Voice Awards

The Bison Repertory Theater

 

VOICES, An Actors Showcase of Monologues Featuring Distinguished Alumni of the Howard University Department of Theater Arts, was presented by The Bison Repertory Theater on Wed. May 26. Follow them on the Bison Repertory Theater Facebook page.

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH!

HU DANCE ARTS presents

FULL CIRCLE (Senior Capstone Presentations)

Choreographers include
Siani Beckett
Gillian Clifford
Naomi K. Johnson 
Geneva White &
Jay'kayla Winford
Dance Capstone Presentation- Live Mon Apr 19th @ 6:00 pm

BREAKING. THROUGH. DISCOVERING. TRUTH. WITHIN.

Join us for our Annual

Spring Dance Concert

April 16- 18, 2021!

Programming for each date can be viewed below:

FRIDAY APRIL 16, 2021

SATURDAY APRIL 17, 2021

SUNDAY APRIL  18, 2021

SPOTLIGHT

 

Our final spotlight

session for the academic year

was amazing....

catch up with the link below...

 

A DISCUSSION ABOUT STAGE MANAGEMENT

IN PROFESSIONAL THEATRE, INCLUDING REGIONAL,

OFFBROADWAY, BROADWAY, AND

TOURING PRODUCTIONS!

 

 

View the Recording Here!

Young Playwrights’ Theater In Residency at Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts 

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) Presents 

Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field 

A Devised Virtual Performance Directed by YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris 

In Residency at Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts 

VIEW THE EPISODES BELOW:

Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field - Episode 1: We Meet Again

Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field - Episode 2: We’re All Screaming!

Silence is Violence: The Future of the Field - Episode 3: We, the Vanguard

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT)

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Information for Current Students

Congratulations to Tony Starnes!

Tony Starnes- Helen-2020

Tony Starnes serves on staff at Howard University's Department of Theatre Arts.  His professional career allows him to bring real-world experience and knowledge to our students and departmental season.

For the latest about the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards and more visit here!

VISIT OUR SPOTLIGHT PAGES!

Alumni Spotlight!

Celebrating the work of our esteemed alum

Student Spotlight!

Recognizing our hard working student artists

Faculty Spotlight!

Honoring the achievements of our distinguished faculty

We need your help! DONATE TODAY! 

Your support now is critical to keeping the Department of Theatre Arts in the top tier of colleges and universities offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees - your gift represents the Department of Theatre Arts' future.

ALUM! WE WANT TO HERE FROM YOU.  SHARE YOUR LATEST NEWS AND PROJECTS; UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION. 

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Major and Concentrations

Learn more about the concentrations we offer within the Department of Theatre Arts.

https://theatrearts.howard.edu/concentrations

CONTACT US

Lulu Vere Childers Hall (Fine Arts)

Department of Theatre Arts
2455 Sixth Street N.W., Suite 1044
Washington, D.C. 20059

202-806-7050 T
202-806-9193 F 

Janet Johnson, Administrative Aid
Email: jljohnson@howard.edu

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