Theatre Mission Statement
The Rochester College theatre program combines a strong foundation in the liberal arts with a broad understanding of all facets of theatre. Students practice skills in acting, directing, writing, design, and stagecraft under close supervision by theatre faculty in an environment which encourages students to integrate their faith with their academic study. Our vision extends outward to the campus and local community in a quest to pursue truth and bring richness to life through the creative arts.
Philosophy of Theatre
The mission of the Rochester College Theatre Program serves the academicAn academic program is one that calls its participants to think critically about the self and the world by experiencing the theatrical piece. We encourage students to confront difficult questions and ponder the plight of humanity in a community of Christian faith. Great dramatic works explore the gamut of human nature. We find characters who exemplify the greatness of humanity: those who demonstrate courage and self-sacrifice; we also find characters who exemplify the worst in humanity: those who lie, steal, cheat, and kill. By presenting these characters to the audience through a live production of a play, the Rochester College Theatre Program is neither advocating the choices made by characters depicted in our productions nor glorifying the behavior. Plots are driven by conflict as wills collide and characters are put to the test under extreme pressures. There is nothing like a crisis to bring out the best… or the worst… in people.
We select plays which engage truthful explorations of the human condition, are of high literary and artistic merit, and provide opportunity for performers and technicians to learn and grow their craft.With each play selection, the theatreMost plays, unless they specifically target child or family audiences, do contain some material that is potentially offensive. Our goal is not to avoid difficult material, but to present plays with worthwhile themes, values, and messages to the campus community. The theatre faculty makes decisions about play selection and editing in conjunction with an advisory committee of Rochester College faculty, staff, and administrators. We do not edit all materials which might offend. First, we are often limited by copy right laws; second, we believe that it is necessary to explore the realistic truths contained in plays as they are written. All editing decisions are made with the utmost sensitivity to our performers, our audiences, and the playwright. In order to adequately prepare our audience for a performance, disclaimers appear in our advertising to alert patrons when a play contains potentially sensitive material.
The theatre department serves each of the five General Institutional Objectives of Rochester College.Through the entire process, from play selection, to rehearsal, to performance, we enthusiastically engage our institutional objectives as outlined below:
General Institutional Objectives
Inquiry: Students will participate actively in an academic community that practices open investigation of truth and integrated learning.
Critical Thinking: Students will develop the ability to use various research tools and interdisciplinary methods of study and problem-solving.
Diversity: Students will experience and develop an understanding of various cultures and belief systems
Communication: Students will be able to communicate effectively using a variety of written, verbal, and artistic forms.
Christian Faith: Students will be challenged to embody a way of life that is shaped by Christian scripture and community.
About The Program
The Rochester College Theatre produces 3 to 4 plays on campus each academic year. We choose works ranging from classical to contemporary with diversity in styles. We often take our performances into the community. We have toured uditions are open to the entire student body. Students must be in good standing with both the Academic Services and Student Development offices to be eligible to participate. Scholarships are available to those who qualify.
On occasion the Rochester College theatre department opens auditions and/or participation in campus productions to people outside of the student body. This makes it possible for Rochester College to produce large-cast plays which would not otherwise be feasible for the size of the student acting pool at a small liberal arts college. Another reason to open auditions beyond the student body would be to fill a role that is outside the age range of traditional college students, such as a young child or an older adult. At other times, the theatre department might invite a guest artist to fill a pre-cast role. Students are then invited to audition for the remaining roles. This provides students a special opportunity to work with a respected member of our community. Furthermore, the Rochester College theatre program welcomes volunteers from our campus community who wish to participate in a technical role at any time. Our mission is educational theatre, and we include all who are willing to join us in that endeavor including, faculty, staff, and members of our church and local communities. We believe that there is great educational value in involving our alumni and other members of community in productions with students. We ask anyone who participates in theatre at Rochester College to abide by the Standards of Conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook found at the following website: https://warriornet.rc.edu/Common/download_file.php?id=357