Upcoming Shows

Mismatched Cabaret

Coordinated by Dr. Maria Fenty Denison
September 28, 2018 at 7 pm
Eleanor Beech Flad Pavilion
DeYor Performing Arts Center
Tickets are $25 each and are available by calling: 330-744-4269

I can't explain myself... because I'm not myself, you see." 

 — Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Join YSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance in an oddball celebration of all things musical theatre. Enjoy both the unusual and the unexpected as we sing popular musical theatre songs, in sometimes surprising casting. Spend the evening with loads of smiles. All proceeds from the cabaret will benefit the Musical Theatre Program and initiatives.

The Addams Family

Book by Marshall Brickman & Eric Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
October 19-28, 2018 - Ford Theater

Everyone’s favorite macabre family of creepy kooks comes to devilishly delightful life in this new and original comedy. Living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park, The Addams family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now 18, finds herself falling in love—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When the teen invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos ensues.

How I Learned to Drive

By Paula Vogel
November 9-18, 2018 - The Spotlight Theater

Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. How I Learned to Drive is a story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel. Paula Vogel's new play is a wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival, a sexual coming of age through the 60's, 70's and 80's as seen through the provocative lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. Vogel takes us on a no-holds-barred trip with a deeply compassionate look at how we are shaped by the people who hurt us. Come experience the 20th anniversary of this 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning play.

Contains strong language and adult themes.

Ten-Minute Plays

Coordinated by Matthew Mazuroski
December 9, 2018 at 7 pm - The Spotlight Theater

Join us for our 7th annual evening of Ten-Minute plays showcasing the student directors and actors in these workshop productions. This year we will feature 12 different playwrights and directors as they explore the foundations of story-telling and working with actors on these texts. Free Admission.

Unrequited Cabaret

Coordinated by Dr. Maria Fenty Denison
February 15, 2019 at 7 pm
Eleanor Beech Flad Pavilion
DeYor Performing Arts Center
Tickets are $25 each and are available by calling: 330-744-4269

Unrequited – not reciprocated or returned. What kind of Valentine’s Day is THAT?! Anyway, who doesn’t love “another somebody done somebody wrong song”? Well, musical theatre is loaded with great ones. The Friday evening after Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to get together for some emotional support. YSU’s stellar musical theatre troupe will be back to serenade, console, and musically heal whatever ails. Join us. We’ll be there for you – we promise. All proceeds from the cabaret will benefit the Musical Theatre Program and initiatives.

YSU's Dance Ensemble in Concert

Coordinated by Amy Wright
February 28 - March 2, 2019 - Ford Theater

The Youngstown State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the YSU Dance Ensemble in concert. This concert will showcase student choreographers and performers in a variety of genres from Ballet and Modern to Tap and Jazz. This event will be coordinated by Amy Wright, our new head of the Dance Program.

Into the Woods

Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
April 12 - 20, 2019 - Ford Theater

The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The wonderfully creative book and score are both enchanting and touching. A masterful commentary surrounding one simple, famous saying: be careful what you wish for. Come experience the charm and magic of this multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award winning musical!

Festival of New Work

Coordinated by Matthew Mazuroski
May 3 - 4, 2019 at 7 pm - The Spotlight Theater

Join us for our 2nd annual Festival of New Works that highlights and honors student creativity in playwriting, choreography, designing, filmmaking, directing, and acting. Featuring short plays, films, musical theatre & dance choreography, devised work, and PUPPETS! A student or students will be selected to win the Molly & Sam Galano Creativity Award. All donations will support the award endowment to provide students with even more opportunities in generating new, original work.