Cornell Theatre and Dance will mount 4 virtual productions

The Cornell College Department of Theatre and Dance is producing a season of four virtual mainstage productions during the 2020–21 academic year. 

“These shows will provide opportunities for students to take part in many aspects of performance, design, and production and are reflective of our desire to lean into the challenges and opportunities, topics, and tough conversations of our time,” said Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Janeve West.

Professor of Theatre and Dance Scott Olinger, who is directing the first show of the season, says the whole department is learning a lot from this experience. He points out that students are taking on new challenges such as editing video, developing graphics, and understanding how acting and production is different on screen versus on stage. He’s excited about the upcoming year of theatre.

 “I think the audiences will see four shows that feel very different and unique in their watching experience,” Olinger said. “In many ways, it’s a great teaching tool that the audience should not expect all four projects to feel similar. The only thing that will feel similar is the little square theatre through which they are viewing the shows.” 


“House Party”

Conceived and directed by Scott Olinger, musical direction by Janelle Lauer, Choreography by Eddie Forehand 

Streaming: Oct. 16–18 and Oct. 23–25 

The link for the performance will be active Friday evening from 7:30 p.m. CST through Sunday evening at midnight. Registration is required for the link and for the viewing party that will be held Oct. 16.


“The Laramie Project”

By Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project

Directed by Caroline Price

Streaming: December 18 


“In Response”

 A Devised, Cabaret Style Spring Musical with original spoken word.

Conceived and Directed by J. West, musical direction by Janelle Lauer

Streaming: Block 6


“Black Valentine” 

Spring Dance Concert

Directed and choreographed by Eddie Forehand

Streaming: Block 8