Ole Miss Theatre is the production arm of the Department of Theatre Arts. Ole Miss Theatre produces 4-5 shows a year representing a variety of forms and eras with at least one production each season being a major musical. The primary mission of Ole Miss Theatre is to bring quality theatre experiences to departmental students, the University community and the area at large through the production of culturally relevant works. Join our mailing list.
We are grateful for the support of our patrons and donors. You can support Ole Miss Theatre and the work of our student actors, designers, and crew members by becoming a season ticket holder (UM Box Office) or Ole Miss Theatre Friend, Sponsor, Patron, Angel , or Benefactor. Contact the department for more information.
Ole Miss Theatre auditions are open to the university and local community. There are two auditions, one for the Fall Semester shows and one for the Spring Semester shows. Both are usually held the Saturday before the semester starts. Additional auditions will be announced as necessary.
Directed by Rory Ledbetter
September 23 – September 25; 27; 29-30; October 1 – October 4 at 7:30pm
September 27; October 3-4 at 2:00pm
Our season kicks off with Teddy Ferrara in Meek Auditorium. When a campus tragedy makes national headlines, Gabe, a senior who runs the Queer Students Group, discovers that events surrounding the tragedy aren't as straightforward as they seem. A Pulitzer Prize finalist's searing play about what happens when a tragedy sparks a movement – and the truth gets lost along the way.
Mr. Shinn is among the most provocative and probing of American playwrights today.
— The New York Times
Music by Galt McDermot
Book & Lyrics by James Rado & Gerome Ragni
Directed by Rhona Justice Malloy
November 13 – November 14 at 7:30pm
November 14 – November 15 at 2:00pm
Ford Center for the Performing Arts
Hair puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include "Aquarius", "Good Morning Starshine", "I Believe in Love", "Hair", "I Got Life", "What a Piece of Work Is Man" and "Hippie Life". This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960's and early 1970's in America.
Today Hair seems, if anything, more daring than ever.
— Time Magazine
Directed by Dex Edwards
February 17-21 & 23-27 at 7:30pm
February 20-21 & 27-28 at 2:00pm
This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre the resemblance is uncanny! As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they're whisked through a maelstrom of "good ideas" that offer unique solutions to the Three Sister's need to have life's deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains and absurdities of "putting on a play" at the turn of the century.
A smart, acerbic crowd pleaser... Simultaneously a love letter and a poison pen letter to the American theatre.
Directed by Matthew R. Wilson
April 15-16 & 21-24 at 7:30 p.m.
April 16-17 & 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Perhaps the most popular of all of Shakespeare's comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream humorously celebrates the vagaries of love. The approaching wedding festivities of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and his bride-to-be, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, are delightfully crisscrossed with on-again, off-again romances of two young pairs of Athenian lovers; a fateful rivalry between the King and Queen of the Fairies; and the theatrical aspirations of a bumbling troupe of Athenian laborers. It all ends happily in wedding-night revelry complete with a play-within-a-play presented by the laborers to the ecstatic amusement of all.
March 30 – March 31 at 7:00pm
The department is pleased to present student-written and student-produced short films and the winning entries of the fifth annual UM Cinema Competition.
Created by Jennifer Mizenko
April 1-2 at 7:30pm
April 2-3 at 2:00pm