Department of Theatre

A note from John Mayer, Theatre Department Chair

Hello! And welcome to the new CSU Stanislaus Theatre Web site. As you can see, we a€™re in the process of creating a new look and welcome your ideas and feedback. Please drop me a line ( and let me know what you think!

The CSU Stanislaus Theatre Department is built on the premise stated by the famed English director Peter Brook, "a play is called a play for a very important resaon - a play is play." We want our theatre students and the people who attend our theatre to enjoy the process of theatre by reveling in the camaraderie of the ensemble in the production process. Lee Strasberg, when talking about the Group Theatre said, "there will be no stars in our theatre," and that is a guiding principle upon which the CSU Stanislaus Theate is built. Our theatre is a collective of the joint efforts of many.

Our campus is an oasis in the middle of the Central Valley of California. With enrollment of around 9,000 students the one-on-one opportunities for interaction between faculty and students are ever-present. Nowhere is that more true than in the theatre department. We have a great program with great people, and we hope you will spend some time in our audience, in our classrooms, or on our stage.

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Upcoming Events:

Auditions for Fall 2014 Productions: I and You (by Laurie Anderson)* and A Flea in Her Ear (by Georges Feydeau, trans. by Frank Galati)**

When:  Monday and Tuesday, August 25-26, 6pm-10pm
Where:  CSU Stanislaus Studio Theatre
Who:  Jere O'Donnell (directing I And You) and John Mayer (directing A Flea In Her Ear)
How to Prepare:  Be sure to familiarize yourself with the script(s) ahead of time.  Sides will be available for one or both shows as early as August 21.  Please be prepared to do cold readings from the script(s) and to potentially do some physical character work and/or improvisation (for A Flea In Her Ear). If you have any questions, or you would like to audition but cannot make these times, call (209) 667-3451. 

*I And You will run Oct 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 8pm and Oct 5 & 12 at 2pm
**A Flea In Her Ear will run Nov. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 8pm and Nov 16 & 23 at 2pm