Welcome to Theater at Oxford
We would love for you to join us, whether to act, work backstage, write your own play and produce it, or take one of the courses in the Theater Studies Department. We learn about ourselves in Theater Oxford and about the world we inhabit--and we have a lot of fun too. Theater classes and performances take place in Tarbutton Hall, an up-to-date theater, music, and visual art center.
The Director of Theater, Dr. Clark Lemons, directs two major plays a year. Plays are chosen for their theatrical and cultural significance--comedies, tragedies, social commentaries, almost anything. You will have an opportunity to audition for challenging and thought-provoking plays from ancient Greek to contemporary plays. Plays are chosen with our student body and the college community in mind and any student may audition or work backstage. In recent years we've produced The Shape of Things, The Real Inspector Hound, Antigone, Sylvia, and The Laramie Project.
Oxford College offers several Theater Studies courses each year, all of which correspond to courses in Theater Studies at Emory College and count toward requirements at Oxford and Emory College. The staff include Dr. Lemons who teaches theater history, Mary Lynn Owen who teaches acting, and Wm. Moore who teaches introduction to theater and technical theater.
In the spring a One-Act Play Festival attracts big crowds. These plays are written and directed by Oxford College students and chosen in a competition. This Festival is an opportunity for you to try it on your own. If your interest runs to Shakespeare, then you have a great opportunity. Each fall the Oxford Ensemble of Shakespearean Artists presents a full-length play by the bard to sold-out houses. Recently we've seen Two Gentlemen of Verona set in the Old West, Julius Caesar set in the politically murky ambience of the Mafia, and Twelfth Night. The faculty advisor for O.E.S.A. is Dr. Kevin Quarmby who for many years acted on the London stage and in British film. Also, each spring 20-30 women in the College have produced the celebratory play The Vagina Monologues.
Most theater participants at Oxford are not potential theater majors; they may be pre-med, pre-law, or any major, including "undecided." They are active in theater because they love it and because they realize it's excellent training for any kind of collaborative endeavor or public presentation. Some do major in theater at Emory and do very well in their careers after graduation.