Richie Bernache ('16) is featured as the Cowardly Lion in the Playhouse Junior production of THE WIZARD OF OZ this summer.  Playhouse Jr. is part of the summer offerings at Saint Michael's Playhouse, our Equity theatre in residence (  The Playhouse gives Saint Michael's students a rare opportunity for a liberal arts college -- students can apply to work as summer interns and gain experience in technical theatre, arts administration, live on campus, and get paid for the internship.  SMC students may audition for acting roles in the Equity productions every winter and are frequently cast in leading roles.   The wonderful costumes in OZ are courtesy of another SMC Theatre Major, Anna Maria Forger ('17).

This is a compelling article from The Chronicle of Higher Education:


It’s that time of year again: At many colleges, second-year students must declare their majors.

While many of our students are still waiting to hear if they have been accepted into training programs or summer theatre companies, there are a few of our students who already have plans.   Please note that positions with Saint Michael's Playhouse (AEA) are all paid.

Shelby Davis  – Musical Theatre Apprentice, Barrington Stage Company, Massachusetts.

Saint Michael's College Theater Professor Peter Harrigan '83 knows that a great way for himself and his students to "play" freely with a play's words and ideas, unfettered by copyright limits, is to find an ancient work in the public domain and get creative.

"The Menaechmus Twins" by Plautus (254-184 BC) is such a play, and Harrigan is directing an unusual production of it March 25-28 at 7 p.m.

WITTY FOOLS COMPANY founded by SMC Theatre Students 

Meet Shannon Carroll, one of the founding members of Witty Fools (Shannon is giving the peace sign at the top right of the photo).  Shannon is a senior Theatre major/Music Minor and is interested in pursuing directing as a career. 

Where are you from and why did you decide to attend Saint Michael's College to study theatre? 

I am from a town outside of Los Angeles, California.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region 1 (New England and eastern New York) was held last week in Hyannis, MA.  Sixteen of our theatre majors attended the festival and many of them participated in acting scholarship auditions, the Richard Maltby Jr. Musical Theatre program, stage management opportunities, workshops and a directing initiative from the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers union.

Public presentations don't have to be boring. 

Presentations have the potential to be informative, lively and even a little theatrical.  Students in TH 115 Public Presentations will focus on developing their communication skills and their performance techniques through a variety of speeches that they create over the semester.  Exercises include working on dynamic delivery through expression vocally, facially and kinesthetically.

Life in the Theatre is a course for Theatre Majors that introduces them to the techniques, skills and information that is necessary to prepare for a professional career.

Our fall production will run November 12, 13, 14 and 15th at 7pm in McCarthy Arts Center.  The cast features Evyn Whiteley (poster cover) as Catherine, Michelle Kazanowski as Claire, Nathan Worthen as Hal and Robert Snapp as Robert.  It's a suspenseful drama with comic moments -- as the central character, Catherine, tries to come to terms with her famous but unstable mathematician father, and wonders if she has also inherited his genius -- or his madness.

Shelby Davis, DJ Tetreault,  and Evyn Whiteley were recognized for their outstanding performances in the musical Godspell at Saint Mikes in spring 2014.  A respondent from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival selected these three students to participate in the regional KCACTF in Hyannis, MA in January 2015.  They will join other regional nominees for the Richard Maltby, Jr.