The Theatre Arts Program of the Fine Arts Department produces graduates with a well-rounded liberal arts education with a general Theatre Arts concentration. Graduates from this program are prepared for the work force, graduate schools, or pre-professional intensive training programs. The diversity of this field lends itself to careers not only in the obvious theatre realm but also in law, education, publishing, human resources, marketing and finance. A production involves studying language and literature, visual art, light and sound, costume, movement and voice, electronics and engineering. Among our graduates are alumni who have founded their own theatre companies; write for television and the stage; perform and direct; practice law; counsel; and much more.
Theatre Morgan produces plays that are diverse and wide-ranging. Some of our productions include :Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' in the blood, Topdog/Underdog and 365 Days/365 Plays, The world premiere spoken word theatre production of Bridge of Ages,Langston Hughes' gospel- song play Black Nativity and God's Trombones ,David Feldshuh's Miss Evers' Boys; Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias,Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1991,Tony Award winning Raisin, the musical!; The Odyssey by Derek Walcott,Ragtime, the musical, Paul Carter Harrison's The Great MacDaddy and William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice,Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye adapted by Lydia R. Diamond,Zora Neale Hurston's Spunk adapted by George C. Wolfe,The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe, The Magic City Massacre by Deletta Gillespie, Crowns by Regina Taylor, Euripides' Medea, August Wilson's Jitney starring Roscoe Orman, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow was enuf directed by Trazana Beverly, and the Maryland university premiere of the Broadway musical The Color Purple.
We have been host to several award-winning playwrights for the premiere stage-readings of their plays. We enjoy visits with renowned playwrights and artists such as Morgan graduate and Tony Award nominated, Samm-Art Williams; Nobel Laureate, Dereck Walcott, and actress & novelist Denise Nicholas and Tony Award-Winner Trazana Beverly to name a few. Theatre Morgan's version of "Inside the Actor's Studio"has hosted such notable actors as Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Dawn Ursula, Kevin Douglas, Ericka Ratcliff, Jerome Preston Bates, Frank Harts, Lizan Mitchell, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Crystal A. Dickinson and Michael Jean Dozier.
College of Liberal Arts
M'bare N'gom, Interim Dean
Morgan State University
231 Holmes Hall
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251