Drama in the News

Based on true events, this live presentation imagines life on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Eight actors, members of the M.F.A. Professional Actor Training Program, perform original short scenes that explore life before and after the fall of the wall.   The performances are in the Helms Theatre in the Drama Building and will […]

On the 17th of October supporters of the Arts at U.Va. gathered for a reception in the Drama building to honor Sandy Miller and his wife Vinie, whose generous gift led to the creation of the J. Sanford Miller Family Fund for the Arts Scholars.  Now known as the Miller Arts Scholars, the entire cohort […]

The Department of Drama congratulates Katie-Bell Springmann, MFA Scenic Design 2013, who was awarded the Jeff Award for Scenic Design at the Equity Jeff Awards gala October 13, 2014 in Chicago.  Her winning design was for the Profiles Theatre production of Cock by Michael Bartlett. Writing for Centerstage, Colin Douglas said, “The audience’s first impression […]

From the Cavalier Daily 11/10/2014 – When most students think of famous Drama Department alumni, Tina Fey comes to mind. But many students don’t realize there are multiple other distinguished alums who got their start within that same University department. With names ranging from Mark Johnson, producer of “Breaking Bad,” to Lear deBessonet, director of […]


Troy is Burning may be the first play written by an undergraduate to make it into the UVA Drama Department’s main-stage season in 25 years, but its first step toward production was just another day in the undergraduate grind for fourth-year student Matthew Minnicino.

A surprising play opens Thursday night at the University of Virginia: a real life story of how one small town decided to execute an elephant from the circus. Audio story: http://www.radioiq.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1357%3Aelephants-graveyard&catid=48%3Awvtf-news&Itemid=119

The Charlottesville Newsplex covers Elephant’s Graveyard…


LaVahn Hoh admits he has sawdust in his veins. “That’s what circus folk say,” he confesses with an impish smile that belies his age, “when you’re infatuated with the big top—with the sheer spectacle and intricate logistics of the ringmasters, clown acts, lion-tamers, and dare devils all sharing space in today’s circus.”