The goal of the Theatre Program is to educate and empower students to reach their full potential as artists and individuals. Throughout the 4 years of study towards a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Theatre, our Majors have the opportunity to explore their potential as actors, directors, designers and techs, stage managers, playwrights, pre-scholars and to go wherever their inspiration, dedication and abilities may lead. Theatre courses and performance opportunities are also available for students interested in the Theatre Minor or Course Electives. Learn more about the Theatre Degree Plan and Courses here.
The Theatre curriculum and departmental activities are designed to support students who have multiple interests in theatre. Students are prepared academically and artistically for a broad range of careers in professional theatre, graduate school, or jobs in education, public relations and communications. Alumni have successfully pursued graduate degrees and enjoy a broad range of careers as professional actors, educators, directors, designers, theatre administrators and more. Learn more about our alumni and/or join our alumni list, here.
The Theatre Department and the Charles Gilpin Players produce 2-4 mainstage productions each year in The Anne Campbell Theatre, a 150-seat black box also used for student-directed projects, student recitals and numerous troupe performances on-campus and in the community at large. Every year a diverse season of productions are offered to provide further training for students and to contribute to the cultural enrichment of PVAMU and the community at large. Auditions for mainstage productions are open to all PVAMU students! Learn more about our upcoming performances below.
Department of Theatre & the Charles Gilpin Players present:
Jelly's Last Jam Book by George C. Wolfe, Music by Jelly Roll Morton, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Directed by Cristal Chanelle Truscott
Hit Broadway musical JELLY’S LAST JAM traces the troubled legacy of music legend Jelly Roll Morton. A Creole man, Jelly, claimed to be “the inventor of jazz,” yet denied the cultural and artistic roots of his Black heritage. When visited on the eve of his death by the Chimney Man, an otherworldly stranger, Jelly is forced to replay the high and low notes of his life. Through this journey Jelly revisits the family, friends, loves and communities that nourished him, rejected him and, ultimately, helped make his music what it is. JELLY'S LAST JAM is a jazz-filed, blues-soaked, high-energy ride tracing one man's transformation through magic, dance, death and MUSIC!WHEN: February 27 - March 10, 2013
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday-Friday @ 6pm; Saturday @ 3pm & 7pm; Sunday @ 3pm ** Please Note: Late Seating is not guaranteed. Late seating ends 5 minutes after showtime or at the discretion of the House Manager.
WHERE: Anne Campbell Black Box Theatre, Hobart Taylor Building
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