Department Chair:
Ann Cooper Albright

Phone: 440 7758152
Fax: 440 7758340

Warner Center 100
30 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074



Snow White and the Magic Mirror opens at University of Akron

                                                                                                                                                                             Student News

Neos Dance Theatre and The University of Akron
Snow White and the Magic Mirror: 
A Grimm Tale
 Saturday, April 19
2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The University of Akron's EJ Thomas Hall
snow white
Magically modern! 
Superb dancers, live music, dramatic multimedia, inspired costumes.
Tickets available in advance and at the door:
Visit the Thomas Hall Ticket Office or call 330-972-7570.
Get your tickets now!
To provide an intimate viewing experience for the audience, 
seats will only be sold in the orchestra section of the hall.

Robert Wesner, the artistic director and co-founder of Neos Dance Theatre, choreographed this full-length work for the professional dancers of Neos and a cast of 36 students from The University of Akron¹s Dance Program and Dance Institute.  Appealing to all ages, the production also features musicians from the UA School of Music and throughout the area. 

Presented with support from Dominion, Hire Family Foundation, The Findlay Arts Partnership, the UA School of Music¹s Kulas Concert Series, UA¹s EJ Thomas Hall, and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund for Dance in Summit County, a fund of Akron Community Foundation.


Valid only on advance-sale tickets purchased in person or by phone through the EJ Ticket Office. 
Not valid on previously purchased tickets.


posted 4.6.14

Dance Workshops with Monica Bill Barnes - Saturday, April 5th

                                                                                                                                                                           Student News

Calling all dance and theater majors!

There will be a workshop given by contemporary dancer Monica Bill Barnes this upcoming Saturday the 5th in Warner Dance Studio at two different times, 3:00 - 5:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pmThis means you have two different opportunities to come dance with this amazing lady!

Workshop description:

Based on the company’s performance style, which blends nuanced theatricality and explosive movement vocabulary, this workshop will focus on understanding how to use your technique to support your personal performance quality. Class begins with an easy to follow, fast-paced warm-up, which brings together an eclectic mix of modern techniques and highlights musicality and bold choices. The second part of the workshop focuses on learning and performing longer phrases that challenge students to move with clarity, theatrical intention and full-bodied power. The movement vocabulary swings from full bodied dancing to nuanced gesture, all drawing on a radical mixture of influences: pop-culture, show business, absurdity and high drama.

You can find more information at the Facebook event page.

Each workshop time will be capped, so make sure you sign up on the sheet when it goes up in Warner on the afternoon of Monday the 31st!

This workshop is sponsored by your lovely Dance Umbrella.

posted 3.31.14

Augmented Body workshop for dance students

                                                                                                                                                                          Student News

MOVED Augmented Body April 21, 7-8:30pm, Warner Studio 3

Movement is something we take for granted. We are constantly in motion. Living in an age of digital media allows us to now stop that motion, capture it, and examine it in various time frames as information visualized, expressed, or experienced. Such new forms illuminate gestural relationships previously hidden. The slightest twitch could trigger a series of events. Crowd behavior becomes a plethora of digits and ratios. This is the augmented body.

Equipment: laptops, leap, kinect, sensors, projector, tv, portable screens, sound system, your own materials, and the Oberlin premier of Julie Cruse’s Choreobot as presented by her software VICKi™

posted 3.14.14

Hear Say opens March 14th


Oberlin Theater Presents

Hear Say

by Leila Goldstein '14

March 14, 15 | 8pm

Warner Mainspace, Oberlin College

Hear Say


As Leila Goldstein (‘14) puts on a set of headphones, she inhabits the words and worlds of women affected by the BRCA mutation, a genetic mutation which greatly increases a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  Based on interviews Goldstein conducted, the stories the women tell expose both the difficulties and fears linked to these cancers, but also how personal health issues intertwine with family secrets, generational differences, and divergent memories.  Complete with live original music by Valerie Perczek ('14), Hear Say is a verbatim style, solo performance full of the intimate, yet immediate visceral impact of documentary theater.

Media Contact:

Eric Steggall

Theater, Dance, and Opera Managing Director

Oberlin College Theater & Dance Program


posted 3.4.14

Sarah-Violet Bliss '06 wins award at SXSW Film Festival

                                                                                                                                                                            Alumni News

Congratulations, Sarah! "Fort Tilden", a movie co-written and co-directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss '06, won the narrative feature grand jury prize at this year's SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. Read more about the film's victory here.

posted 3.12.14

Applications open for Stage Management Apprenticeship at Aurora Theatre

                                                                                                                                                                            Student News

Aurora Theatre is now accepting applications for a stage management apprenticeship beginning in June and culminating in May of next year. Click here for details.

posted 3.5.14

Student Dance Showcase to be held in the round

                                                                                                                                                                           Student News

We are pleased to announce that this semester's Student Dance Showcase (April 18-19) will be in the round, with the audience on four sides! If you are choreographing and have questions about what this will look like, or want advice on how to make your piece work with this set up we would be happy to talk with you.

The deadline for submitting a piece for the Showcase is April 1st, but if you already have something in mind, please email us.

Happy Dancing,

Showcase Directors Silvia Sheffield ( and Alana Reibstein (

posted 2.27.14

OSTF 2014 Internship Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                             Student News

The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival is looking for several College-student interns for the 2014 Season, in performance and technical capacities. Click here for details!

posted 3.1.14

Hector Aristizabal to return to Oberlin


Interested in theater of the oppressed? Hector Aristizabal, internationally-known activist from Medellin, Colombia, is coming to Oberlin again this year from April 25-29! Hector worked his way out of poverty in Colombia to become a theater artist and pioneering psychologist--then survived civil war, arrest and torture at the hands of the U.S.-supported military. In 1989, violence and death threats forced him to leave his homeland. In exile, Hector struggled to channel his rage into constructive social action.

Since coming to the U.S., he's combined his training in psychology and the arts with lessons gained from life experience in his therapeutic work with torture and trauma survivors, incarcerated youth, immigrant families, and people affected by HIV/AIDS. As an activist, he uses theatrical performance and experiential workshops to work towards community building and reconciliation, strategizing, and individual healing and liberation.

At Oberlin last spring he ran "Theater of the Oppressed" workshops focusing on creatively, constructively, and collectively addressing issues of race, class, crime, and the college/town divide. If you have a group or organization that is interested in collaborating with or sponsoring him this time around, please contact Monica Hunter-Hart ( He is interested in working with college, conservatory, and community members--anyone who wants to tap into the transformative power of theater and creativity!


posted 2.27.14

Oberlin Contact is having a 24-Hour Contact Improv Jam April 26th-27th, from noon to noon.

                                                                                                                                                                             Student News

Come join us in Warner Mainspace for an open Contact Improvisation workshop, performances, live musicians, group scores, a dance party, sunrise yoga, and much more!

posted 2.24.14

Queens Rule opens March 7th


Africana Studies & Theater and Dance Departments

Essence Presents

Queens Rule

March 7, 8 | 8pm

Warner Main Space, Oberlin College

Greetings to the Dance Diaspora Community!

We are embarking on another journey into the time and space continuum as we premier our next work "Queens Rule."  Under my direction and members of Dance Diaspora and the spring class Essence, we'll tell the story of women and their role in Hip Hop.  We are excited as the show will feature choreography to Hip Hop jams spinning live throughout the show.
Please come join us on Friday and Saturday, March 7th and 8th at 8 p.m. in Warner Main. Tickets are on sale at Central Ticket Service (CTS) for $5 before the show and $7 at the door. CTS can be contacted at 440-775-8169 or via email at


queens rule