Welcome to Bowdoin's Department of Theater and Dance events page.  We hope you'll join us at an upcoming show!

Spring 2024

Dancers on stage

2024 Spring Dance - Community Show and Groove

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Morrell Gymnasium, Bowdoin College

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance presents this semester's culminating performance and party event:

Free and open to the public: Get tickets.

Bowdoin’s students of Dance invite the Bowdoin and Brunswick communities to experience the power of dance as we come together to cultivate collective joy. Join us for an evening of dancing, performances, a guest DJ, live drumming, and togetherness. Dance is (for the) community, and we want to celebrate that on the dance floor and in community with you (and, yes, we mean YOU!). No dance experience necessary. Show up as you are.

gather . dance . witness . get down

Sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

Prior shows from this academic year:

Dancer on stage

I Am Bearing Myself in the Mouth of the Sun

Saturday, April 13, 2024 
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall

Please arrive at 7:00pm to give ample time for the lobby experience and program content before the 7:30pm start time.

We're proud to present a very special, one-night-only show by Dylan Richmond '24: "I Am Bearing Myself in the Mouth of the Sun" on April 13th at Pickard Theater/ Memorial Hall. 

This Honors work translates years of research into performance, investigating the meaning of joy and self-formation in the face of systemic and interpersonal violence. Building upon his showing at the 2023 December Dance Concert, Dylan invites you to join him through an intimate transportation to another world, to what lies beyond and within this one— to “tomorrow.”

Sponsored by the Ray Rutan Fund for the Performing Arts provided by David Webster '57 and the Hunter S. Frost Fund.

Sydney Sweeney in Reality

The Department of Theater and Dance and the Cinema Studiesprogram present a screening and talk with Kristina Satter '96, the director of the hit HBO film:


Starring Sydney Sweeney

March 27, 2024 - 7:00 p.m. at the "Jewel Box" (Mills Hall, Room 129)Kristina Satter
Bowdoin College

This event is free and open to the campus; seating is first-come, first-served.

Come see this remarkable true story based on FBI transcripts of the arrest of Reality Winner, an NSA analyst jailed for leaking to the press that Russia was interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Originally an Off-Broadway play conceived and directed by Bowdoin graduate Kristina Satter '96, the play moved to Broadway in 2021 and was made into a film directed by Ms. Satter for HBO and named one of the best movies of the year by The New York Times.  Screening is followed by a question and answer session with Ms. Satter.

Co-sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Edith Lansing Koon Sills Lecture Fund, and the Society of Bowdoin Women. 


Valor, Outrage and Woman

February 29 - March 2, 2024 
Wish Theater, Memorial Hall 

Please plan to arrive at Wish Theater at 7:00 p.m., to enjoy music in the lobby provied by our musical guests ensemble, La Chimera, before the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

=- ADVANCED TICKETS are SOLD OUT - but a very limited number will be available at the door! -

A comedic play by Spanish Golden Age playwright Ana Caro.

Directed by Sylvia Cervantes Blush

Featuring musical ensemble La Chimera

Presented by the Departments of Theater and Dance, Music, Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies, and Romance Languages and Literatures

Sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.


Diversifying the Early Modern: Bilingualism and Performance

February 29 - March 2, 2024 

Presented by the Departments of Theater and Dance, Music, Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies, and Romance Languages and Literatures, this is a full weekend of events!

Open to the public free of charge, seating will be limited. Ticket information will be updated here in the near future.  Sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.

Thursday, February 29 - Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 7:30 p.m. at Wish Theater, Memorial Hall:   

Valor, Outrage and Woman by Ana Caro. Directed by Sylvia Cervantes Blush. Featuring musical ensemble La Chimera.

Thursday, February 29, 2024:

  • On Valor's opening night, post-show conversation at Wish Theater with Professor Margaret Boyle (Director of Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies/Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Bowdoin), director Sylvia Cervantes Blush, and guest speaker Professor Barbara Fuchs (Distinguised Professor of Spanish and English, UCLA).

Friday, March 1, 2024:

  • 4:00 p.m.  Mare Nostrum concert by Ensemble La Chimera at Studzinski Recital Hall.  Followed by conversation with Professor Ireri Chávez-Bárcenas (Associate Professor of Music, Bowdoin) and guest speaker Professor Rogerio Budasz (Professor of Music, U. of California, Riverside).
  • Valor's evening performance (Wish Theater) will be followed by Professor Margaret Boyle and guest speaker Professor Carla Della Gatta (Associate Professor of Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies, U. of Maryland) in conversation.

Saturday, March 2, 2024:

  • Closing night of Valor will be followed by conversation with Professor Ireri Chávez-Bárcenas, guest speaker Professor Sarah Eyerly (Associate Professor of Musicology, Florida State University), and La Chimera conductor Eduardo Egüez.

Dancers on stage
Photo by Alex Cornell Du Houx '06.
Left to right: Alexander Richardson, Laura Yang, Anika Sen, Arianna Bow, Gabrielle Phillips, Luisa Wolcott-Breen

December Dance Concert

December 1-2, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall

Come see what our dance classes have been working on this semester!

Sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

The 39 Steps promo poster

The 39 Steps

November 9-11, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall 

By arrangement with Fiery Angel Limited 

Adapted by Patrick Barlow. 
From the novel by John Buchan.
From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock.
Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited.
An original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.

Directed by
Lindsay Livingston
"The 39 Steps" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.

Five students' names, photos and names and dates of their projects

Senior Studio Productions

December 4-7, 2023 at various times & locations - see more below
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  No registration needed.

The Dept. of Theater and Dance is proud to present our talented seniors' projects - come enjoy their wide variety of work!

Mon. 12/4, 8pmAndy Lopez - Untitled - A Staged Reading of a Play in Progress.  (Memorial Hall, Room 601)

Mon. 12/4, 8:35pmSydney Starks - Yeah No, For Sure, The Podcast - Premiere party. The Listening Lounge @601.  (Memorial Hall, Room 601).

Tue. 12/5, 7:00pm: Dylan Richmond - our sun is a star and those stars way out there may or may not be suns/ but i know i am light - a choreopoem: first staged (Pickard stage/Memorial Hall)

Tue. 12/5, 9:00pmLouise Cummins - C'mon Out! - A Redneck Drag Show.  (Wish Theater/Memorial Hall.)

Wed. 12/6, 7:30pmJuliessa Aguilar - Shush, a short documentary film.  (Beam classroom/VAC)

Sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts