JSU 2015-2016 Theatre Season video

September 1st, 2015 by liberalarts

Auditions: “Raisin in the Sun”

August 30th, 2015 by speech

Raisin in the Sun Audition Poster

This year marks the Department's 52nd year and first season subscription in its history. Our first production this fall is A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, and directed by Dr. Mark G. Henderson.

Auditions are this Monday Aug. 31 at 6pm in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium Rm 117. Please arrive at 5:30pm to fill out audition forms and prepare cold readings. Remember all majors must audition.

Click below for more information:



Department Meet & Greet, August 26th

August 30th, 2015 by speech

Th Department Meet & Greet is an event to welcome new and returning students. We introduce faculty, organizations, share information, dates and expectations for upcoming semester. This year's Meet & Greet program will feature a small talent show. The winner will receive a Nook color tablet. Students please feel free to sign up on callboard the talent you wish to present. Reception Following. See you there!
WHEN: Wed. Aug. 26
WHERE: Rose McCoy Auditorium Lobby
TIME: 4pm

Speech & Theatre Faculty Retreat

August 30th, 2015 by speech


Faculty from the Speech and Theatre department enjoy their Back to School retreat at the Yacht Club of Jackson. They are joined by Associate Dean, Dr. Doris Ginn. Happy New School Year everyone!



Camp STARS theatre camp gets ready for end of camp production, Koba & the Red Lion.

(Camp STARS summer camp July 6-31, 2015. Dr. Bodie-Smith, Director)

Professor Yolanda Williams has been featured in an article by the Jackson Free Press.

Click here for the article.

Congratulations to our 2015 KCACTF Honorees!

February 17th, 2015 by speech


Congratulations to our KCACTF Students and Faculty for their accomplishments at this year's Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival!

Students Candice Kinnard, Tamarcus Lott, Dylan Fleming, and Professors Darren McCroom and Prince Duren all were honored for their work. Details are below (thanks to KCACTF advisor Professor Yolanda Williams):

Candice Kinnard was awarded The Focal Press Rafael Jaen Award for Excellence in Theatrical Design & Technology for her Prop Mastery in Like Fine Wine. Her work will be presented in a digital display at the United States Institute for Theatrical Technology (USITT) 2015 conference.

Tamarcus Lott placed in the Top 8 in Stage Management. He was give high praise for his work as a Stage Manager during the Irene Ryan Competitions and the Festival as a whole.

Dylan Fleming was cast in a Ten Minute New Play which went on to win first runner up in the New Play Project category.

Professor Prince Duren received an award of excellence for his directing of "Like Fine Wine", and Professor Darren McCroom received two awards of excellence for his Set & Light Design of both "Like Fine Wine" and "Miss Evers’ Boys."

Our students attending KCACTF were also able to attend several auditions, including one for "Lost Colony", for which some of our students have already received callbacks. The students were also able to attend various workshops and network with many other students and professionals in their craft.

While traveling back to Jackson, our group had the opportunity to stop and visit Selma, Alabama. Our students were able to walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Selma Bridge. This was a great moment for our students to connect with the past and their history. We all took a moment to appreciate where we came from, we where are and where we are going. This trip to KCACTF was a great experience for our students and faculty. We look forward to attending next years’ conference!

Glass Menagerie Audition Poster

Auditions for the upcoming production of "The Glass Menagerie", directed by Ms. Yolanda Williams, will be held in the P. Studio, Room 117, on Wednesday, June 14th @ 6pm. Monologues are preferred, cold readings will be provided.

For more information, please contact Prof. Williams.


A photo of the newly inducted cast of Alpha Psi Omega Lambda Chi cast, and theatre honorary organization. Congratulations to the new members!


"Black Nativity", directed by Mark G. Henderson, opens tonight at 7:30pm at the Rose McCoy Auditorium.

For more information, click the link below to go to the show's page.

Black Nativity, Dec. 4-7, 2014