Perform in English and Hoike in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language. Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language.
Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language.

News+Events Archive

Remotely Kyōgen – Press Release

Reframing Kyōgen: A Virtual Showcase of Traditional, Translated, Adapted, and New Plays The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present Remotely Kyōgen: Comedy Under the (virtual) Stars, a collection of six short plays that range from traditional to fantastical. Developed and directed by UHM Professor of…+ More Information

Auditions for: He Leo Aloha – He Leo Kāhea

Open auditions until April 9, 2021 for He Leo Aloha – He Leo Kāhea Written and directed by Kaipulaumakaniololo E hoʻouna mai i mau poke wikiō! He wikiō hīmeni, he ʻōlelo hoʻomakeʻaka, a he hana keaka ʻana i nā  ʻōlelo a Kaulia i kāpili ʻ ia ma kēia hoʻouka ʻana. Send in a video of…+ More Information

This SAT: 3/20 Community College Student (virtual) Visit Day

Community College students considering a Bachelor’s Degree are invited to train with UH Mānoa’s award-winning Theatre + Dance Department. Join us this Saturday, March 20 from 5:00-6:30pm for FREE info sessions on Hawaiian Theatre, Asian Theatre, Digital Theatre, Zoom Dance, and more in this online information share.   Questions:   ***EMAIL for ZOOM…+ More Information

Theatre and Dance Graduate Symposium – 2021

Performance Resilience and Innovation  Monday March 22, 2021 4pm – 8pm (HST) Welcome Gathering starts at 3:45pm (HST) To register for the zoom link: The symposium is free and open to the public. SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE MA/MFA GRADUATE STUDENTS Moderator: Jane Traynor 3:45 p.m.      Welcome Gathering Online 4:00 p.m.      Robert Torigoe, MFA…+ More Information

Virtual Dance Performance II – Publicity Photos

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Virtual Dance Performance II – Press Release

A Wealth of Skill and Creativity – Record Numbers Turn Out to Perform Virtual Dance Performance II – Streaming Online – April 2-3, 2021 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre proudly present Virtual Dance Performance II. This digital dance concert showcases works created and performed by graduate and…+ More Information

Students Prepare for KCACTF Acting Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 2, 2021 UH Mānoa Nominees Prepare for Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition with the help of Marilyn McIntyre Next week, twelve University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa students will be among several hundred undergraduate and graduate students sharing their talents in a regional collegiate acting competition that could forward any one of…+ More Information

Dance Gallery – Publicity Photos

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Dance Gallery – Media Release

Opening the Vault this Spring in Celebration of Past Mainstage Dance Performances Dance Gallery (a retrospective celebration) ~ February 5, 6, 7, 2021 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance and Kennedy Theatre are delighted to present Dance Gallery (a retrospective celebration) – a curated retrospective of celebrated dances and dance…+ More Information

Ondine – Publicity Photos

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Ondine – Media Release

New Adaptation of German Fairytale Ondine Elicits Humor and Heartbreak UHM Kennedy Theatre Streaming Online – February 26-28, 2021 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance and Kennedy Theatre present a new translation and adaptation of French playwright Jean Giraudoux’s work Ondine, by MFA candidate in directing Thea Wigglesworth. It brings…+ More Information

Waiting Game – Media Release

Late Night Series Features Waiting Game PremiereFebruary 5-7, 2021 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance and Kennedy Theatre are pleased to continue the 2020/21 Late Night series with the world premiere of Waiting Game written by Ruth Santos, a Kaua‘i-raised Travel Industry Management major in her senior year at UHM….+ More Information

Media Release: Dr. Keith Hennessy “Talking Politics through Arts”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DEC. 21, 2020An Evening with the Guggenheim Fellow, Queer Artist, Dance Educator and Activist  Dr. Keith Hennessy The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance and Kennedy Theatre Online are pleased to announce an upcoming live speaking engagement with queer dance artist and activist Dr. Keith Hennessy on…+ More Information

Media Release: Creating Space – An Evening with Award-winning Trans Actor, Writer, Producer and LGBTQIA+ Consultant Scott Turner Schofield

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DEC. 14, 2021 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance, Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity Program and Kennedy Theatre Online are pleased to announce an upcoming live speaking engagement with Emmy-Nominated Trans Actor Scott Turner Schofield on Friday, January 15, 2021 via Zoom Webinar. Schofield will offer…+ More Information

Queer Theatre + Dance Artist/Scholar Series: January features Schofield & Hennessy

Join UHM Kennedy Theatre online in January for our Queer Theatre + Dance Artist/Scholar Series. Creating Space: An Evening with Award-winning Trans Actor, Writer, Producer and LGBTQIA+ Consultant Scott Turner Schofield FRI JAN 15 / 7:30pm HSTUH Zoom Webinar and Q&A Free talk with Emmy-Nominated Trans Actor Scott Turner Schofield on Friday, January 15, 2021…+ More Information

I’m Lot Lane (a solo effort) – Educational Packet

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I’m Lot Lane (a solo effort) – Reviews

Review by Karen Kaulana (written 12/1/2020) I was privileged to watch a Dress Rehearsal of “I’m Lot Lane (a solo effort)” a livestream production from Kennedy Theatre – University of Hawaii at Manoa and the amazing Keola Simpson and team. This production was everything Keola said it was in our interview and more (you can…+ More Information

Spring 2021 Post-Bac Courses

ADVANCED THEATRE AND DANCE STUDY AT UHM. Application deadline Dec. 15 for Spring 2021 classes. Add new skills, learn new techniques, polish existing ones, and invigorate your sense of exploration. Connect with other creative artists at UH Manoa and in the community. Special in Spring 2021: many fully online offerings.Due to COVID-19, many Spring 2021…+ More Information

Flowers of Hawai`i – Reviews

Review by John Berger (11/19/2020 – Via Facebook) CATALUNA’S “FLOWERS” COMES TO KENNEDY THEATRE Lee Cataluna made her debut as a playwright in 1998 with Kumu Kahua’s world premiere production of “Da Mayah,” a delightful and cleverly written comedy starring Eddy Gudoy as charming but inept Hilo mayor Lester Perez, and Krater 96 air personality…+ More Information

When We Were Young: Download & Game Play Instructions (MAC)

See the instructions below from the team behind When We Were Young for how to best download and playthrough the game for Mac users.  Please be aware that you download the game files and install the application for When We Were Young at your own risk. The University of Hawaiʻi and its affiliates will not be held liable.

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When We Were Young: Download & Game Play Instructions (PC)

See the instructions below from the team behind When We Were Young for how to best download and playthrough the game for PC users.  Please be aware that you download the game files and install the application for When We Were Young at your own risk. The University of Hawaiʻi and its affiliates will not be held liable.

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UH News Story: Flowers of Hawai`i & When We Were Young

Be sure to check out the University of Hawai`i News article about our upcoming Mainstage and Late Night Theatre Co. productions by clicking here.

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Flowers of Hawai`i – Behind the Curtain

Free Pre-Show Panel with Playwright Lee Cataluna and the Directors of Flowers of Hawai‘i (UHM Kennedy Theatre) and Aloha Attire (Kumu Kahua Theatre) The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance, Kennedy Theatre, and Kumu Kahua Theatre are pleased to invite the public to a panel discussion on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 6:30pm that features local…+ More Information

Flowers of Hawai`i: More About the Play

Lee Cataluna Popular, multi-award-winning playwright Lee Cataluna was born on Maui. Her father, Donald Cataluna, was a third-generation sugar industry laborer who put himself through the University of Hawaii and later became manager at Wailuku Sugar on Maui, Olokele Sugar on Kauai and Hilo Coast Processing on Hawaii Island. For young Lee this meant frequent…+ More Information

Publicity Photos for “I’m Lot Lane (a solo effort)” Dec 4-6, 2020

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Press Release for “I’m Lot Lane (a solo effort)” Dec 4-6, 2020

Theatre to Agitate, Educate, and Inspire: I’m Lot Lane (a solo effort) Takes the Stage UHM Kennedy Theatre Streaming Online – December 4-6, 2020 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance and Kennedy Theatre present I’m Lot Lane (a solo effort), an original creation inspired by historical accounts of the last…+ More Information

Professor Baker Interview 2020

Kwok Talk: Reclaiming Language and Culture through Indigenous Theater We invite you to listen to the October 2020 KTUH interview led by Crystal Kwok with Professor Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker from the UHM theater department. Professor Baker shares her uncles’ hunting stories and addresses the power of storytelling in preserving culture and identity. Click here to…+ More Information

Press Release for “When We Were Young” November 20-22, 2020

Media Release                                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Late Night Theatre Challenges Virtual Performance Expectations through Interactive Video Game…+ More Information

Publicity Photos for “When We Were Young” November 20-22, 2020

PRESENTED BY:Late Night Theatre hosted by UHM Department of Theatre + Dance WHEN:November 20, 21, & 22, 2020FRI/SAT at 9:30pm (HST) SUN at 7:30pm (HST)

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Review: Virtual Dance Performance I

Dance Cinematography Reaches out of the Virtual Screen SOPHIA CARTER The shape of a dark figure is outlined by violet luminescence that caresses the close walls and ceiling. The outlined figure jumps onto the illuminated surface of a table dominating the space. Her shape and weight press onto the walls surrounding her. She springs into…+ More Information

Theatre & Dance Faculty Research Symposium 2020

Monday, Oct. 26, 6:00pm–8:00pm FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Join on Zoom Meeting ID: 925 4730 7144 Passcode: 418276 6:00pm–6:30pm: “Filipinos and the Colonial Corporeality of Dance” Dr. Lorenzo Perillo(Assistant Professor of Dance, Dept. of Theatre & Dance, UHM) In my research, I examine the nexus of choreography, racialized bodies, and empire. My talk recuperates…+ More Information

October Dance Performance Pivots to the Digital Stage

Media Release Virtual Dance Performance October 16, 17, 18 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre + Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present Virtual Dance Performance to showcase the talents, visions, and inspired imaginations of student choreography, improvisation, and dance for the camera films. Presented online this performance combines undergraduate and…+ More Information

CONTEST: Seeking Photos of Local Junk Drawers

Do you have a catchall drawer? That drawer with sauce packets, chopsticks, paper clips, and recipes but also with peculiar miscellaneous things unique to you? Kennedy Theatre is seeking a high-resolution photograph of a local style ”junk drawer” for possible inclusion in its November online production of Lee Cataluna’s Flowers of Hawai’i. In the play,…+ More Information

Flowers of Hawai`i – Cast List

(In alphabetical order) PAUL – 20s, Ludie’s husband, Mary V’s grandson, the sweetest, saddest guy on the island MARY M. – Woman in her 80s, proper and reserved, Mary V’s lifelong frenemy and sister-in-law.FRANCINE – Woman in her late 20s, sexy and bored. COLLEEN – Orlando’s college-age daughter, full of new ideas and proud of…+ More Information

“I’m Leaving You My Feet” Opens Next Friday!

Tickets are now available for purchase for the Late Night Theatre Company production of I’m Leaving You My Feet that runs September 25-27, 2020 at 7:30pm (HST). CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE.   

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Virtual Dance Performance Information & Audition Notice

Online Auditions Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6pm:   The audition and show will take place utilizing Zoom. You can start to create for this platform by signing up for and working with a free zoom account.  Each choreographer will be assigned an audition time-slot. An audition link and time will be emailed out to all…+ More Information


Initial auditions will be held Aug. 27 & 28. UHM students are given priority in casting. Per our departmental casting policy, “other UH system students, faculty, and staff are also welcome to audition.” Audition Information Sessions (optional) Come to an optional Zoom information session with director Lurana Donnels O’Malley to ask questions about the auditions…+ More Information

TaDa Show Auditions July 2 & 5

LGBTQIA+ SUPERHEROES’ SHOW AUDITIONS What if there was a superhero who reflected your gender and sexual identity? TaDa (UHM Theatre & Dance Assn.) is creating a devised theatre show focusing on a story about LGBTQIA+ superheroes, to inspire and create more positive representation/role models for themselves and our LGBTQIA+ community! AUDITIONS for the LGBTQIA+ Superheroes’…+ More Information

Theatre & Dance Action Plan

A letter from the current Theatre & Dance Department Chair (as of June 22, 2020):  The faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre & Dance realize that the items listed in this Action Plan are only first steps in a process of recognizing, working through, and discarding racist practices and patterns, hegemonies, and power…+ More Information

“Eddie Wen’ Go” featured in UH News

CLICK HERE to read the UH News story about the virtual auditions and casting for Kennedy Theatre’s fall 2020 production, Eddie Wen’ Go. 

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2020 Graduates & Award Recipients

Our sincerest congratulations are extended to all of the Department of Theatre + Dance graduates and award recipients. It is our pleasure of provide them recognition for all of their hard work and accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all that they will achieve in their future endeavors.   Theatre + Dance Class of 2020 Theatre…+ More Information

Audition Announcement: Eddie Wen’ Go

Online Auditions for Eddie Wen’ Go: the Story of the Upside-Down Canoe Click here for VIDEO INTRODUCTION TO THE PROJECT! INDIVIDUAL AUDITIONS Auditions for Eddie Wen’ Go will be held online via Zoom. Those interested in auditioning can “arrive” to auditions at any time, but will need to wait until the host admits them to…+ More Information

Recently Published: Alumna Wei Zhang

Congratulations to Wei Zhang! UHM Theatre & Dance alumna Wei Zhang’s doctoral dissertation in Comparative Theatre, which she defended at UHM in the fall 2018, was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan under the title Chinese Adaptations of Brecht: Appropriation and Intertextuality. She is now a professor at Hangzhou Normal University.

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UHM Theatre Alumnus Moses Goods awarded Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship

UHM Theatre alumnus Moses Goods has recently been awarded a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship to support the creation of a new theatrical piece, Two Ships, with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. In the creation of this new work Goods will explore his dual Black and Polynesian cultural lineages, historical contexts and art forms, and…+ More Information

Kennedy Theatre gets sewing in creating fabric medical masks for Hawaiʻi’s health care workers

A UHM collaboration to make fabric medical masks for the health care workers of Hawaiʻi is underway. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) Assistant Research Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the Pacific Biosciences Research Center Angel Yanagihara, in collaboration with the UHM Engineering Program, along with faculty, students,…+ More Information

Cancelled: “Rise Up! Dances of Social Change”

Please be advised that UHM Department of Theatre & Dance’s production of Rise Up! Dances of Social Change has suspended performance plans in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The performances had been scheduled for April 24 – May 30, 2020.   

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POSTPONED: Long-time UH Dance Professor Betsy Fisher & Lecturer Yuki Shiroma Perform (was April 4-5)

Project has been postponed to a later date. (TBA)  The teachings and choreography of UHM Dance Professor Betsy Fisher and UH Dance Lecturer Yuki Shiroma are regularly featured in productions at UHM and in the community.  That influence ripples out through their students and through their invited performances to all corners of the globe. April…+ More Information

POSTPONED (was April 4): Noted Broadway Professional Speaks on Safety in Staged Intimacy

This offering has been postponed until Fall 2020. The new date will be announced at a future time. The UHM Department of Theatre and Dance is partnering with the campus office of Student Equity and Excellence in Diversity (SEED) and with the Hawai‘i State Theatre Council (HSTC) to bring out Claire Warden of Intimacy Directors…+ More Information

Publicity Photos for “Sueño” March 25-29, 2020

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Media Release for “Sueño” March 25-29, 2020

Revenge or Redemption – Reality and Fantasy Shatter in Sueño The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre & Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present Sueño, translated and adapted by contemporary Puerto Rican playwright and screenwriter José Rivera from Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Sueño, a metaphysical…+ More Information

Guest Speaker Mar. 5-10: Wig Design, Styling, & Construction for Entertainment Design

Special Guest: David H. Lawrence Time: 5:30 PM-8:00 PMLocation: Kennedy Theatre Costume Shop (enter the back door at the parking lot behind the theatre) Made possible by the Roger Long Western Theatre Fund Dates Thursday, March 5th Basics of wig design for the entertainment industry Friday, March 6thHow to fit a wig, making facial from scratch…+ More Information

Presentation for Actors about Casting/Actors Access Service – Mar. 6

Breakdown Services /Actors Access Special PresentationHosted by UH Mānoa Department of Theatre & DanceEarle Ernst Lab TheatreFriday, March 6th, 12:00 noon – 1:30pm Gary Marsh, President of Breakdown Services, with special guests, Casting Directors Katie Doyle and Rachel Sutton, will be hosting a presentation, offering students and industry professionals a unique opportunity to see how casting directors…+ More Information

“Dramatizing Female Portraiture: The Realist Dilemma of Mimesis or Diegesis in Chuanqi Theater”

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Center for Chinese Studies Spring 2020 Seminar Series presents an interdisciplinary faculty dialogue: Peng Xu in conversation with Shana Brown, co-sponsored by the UH Departments of Theatre & Dance and History. “Dramatizing Female Portraiture: The Realist Dilemma of Mimesis or Diegesis in Chuanqi Theater”The public is cordially invited to attend….+ More Information

The Last King of Bali OPENS FRIDAY!

Tickets are selling swiftly for the world premiere of “The Last King of Bali” at UHM Kennedy Theatre. CLICK FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS ONLINE

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Ron Heller directs MFA qualifier “The Mountaintop”

MFA Directing candidate Ron Heller directs his MFA qualifier, The Mountaintop at TAG (The Actors’ Group), at the Brad Powell Theatre, February 14 – March 8, 2020. Written by Katori Hall, The Mountaintop is an imagined version of the last night in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr; this production is the Hawaii premiere.  …+ More Information

Late Night Theatre Co. Auditions: “Surfacing”

February 11 & 12, 6:30-8:30Studio S, accessed through the back door of UHM Kennedy Theatre AUDITIONS for SURFACING by Mike Poblete The Play: Marissa, a young artist living with depression, has attempted to take her own life, and her sister, Chelsea, has come from the Midwest out to New York City to take care of her. …+ More Information

Publicity Photos “Winter Footholds Dance Concert: Kaleidoscope” Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2020

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Media Release for “Winter Footholds Dance Concert: Kaleidoscope” 2/26-3/1, 2020

Media Release                                                                                                    January 24, 2020 FOR…+ More Information

Media Release for “The Last King of Bali” Feb. 7-16, 2020

Media Release                                                                                                            December 30, 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE World Premiere of Wayang Listrik Production: The Last King of Bali“Electrifying Shadow Theatre” at UHM Kennedy Theatre The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present The Last King of Bali, a traditional Balinese folk tale adapted by…+ More Information

Publicity Photos for “The Last King of Bali” Feb 7-16, 2020

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Publicity Photos for “The Moors” Nov. 16-23, 2019


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Publicity Photos for “The Maids” Nov. 15-24, 2019

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Media Release                                                                                                  September 24, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE…+ More Information


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s student-run theatre company, Late Night Theatre, kicks off its 2019-2020 Late Night Series with an all new work, It’s the Grass that Suffers, written by MFA in Design Candidate, Joseph Governale. This production, full of humor and heart, draws its audiences into the world of Sofie, eleven years old…+ More Information

World Premiere of ‘Au‘a ‘Ia: Holding On

Media Release – August 26, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A History of Hawai‘i through the Eyes of Kānaka Maoli The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the world premiere of ‘Au‘a ‘la: Holding On September 27, 28, and October 4, 5, at 7:30 p.m. and October 6 at 2:00 p.m. on the…+ More Information

A Theatrical Celebration of Kalo’s Life Cycle for Keiki!

Media Release – August 5, 2019                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         …+ More Information

Terry Knapp – Celebration of Life 10/19/2019

Remembering Terry Knapp, “Hawai‘i’s Adopted World Class Actor” Celebration of Life Saturday, October 19th at 5:30pm The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre will be hosting a celebration of the life and career of Terence “Terry” Knapp on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Doors will open at 5:00pm, participants…+ More Information

AUDITIONS: The Last King of Bali

September 16 &17, 2019 @ 3-8 pm Lab Theatre (Call-backs Sept 19)   For the 2019-20 Asian Theatre production of Balinese Wayang Listrik Shadow Theatre   Auditioning for:   Actors, Dancers, Puppeteers, and Special Effects Artists   Come ready to present a short monologue, short dance, and/or present your puppeteering skills. We strongly recommended to…+ More Information

AUDITIONS: The Maids, The Moors, It’s the Grass that Suffers

Primetime Productions The Maids and The Moors (running in rep), and Late Night Theatre Production It’s the Grass that Suffers Production Dates: Grass: September 28-29 & October 4-5 Maids/Moors: November 15-17 & 20-24 General Auditions (please only attend one of the two days):  Wednesday, August 28 6:30-9:00pm, Studio S Thursday, August 29, 5:30-8:00pm, Studio S Callbacks: Sunday, September 1, 6:00-9:00pm, Lab Theatre…+ More Information

UHM Theatre Productions, Students and Faculty Honored at 2019 HSTC Po’okela Awards

Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council Announced the 2019 Poʻokela Award Recipients at “Stars’ Night Out” on Monday, August 12th at a gala which took place at Koʻolau Ballrooms & Conference Center in Kaneohe.  The formal event included a full buffet dinner and featured live musical performances from some of the star-studded theatre productions seen around the…+ More Information

6/10/2019 Meet & Greet with kabuki actor Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII

UHM Kabuki Project Meet & Greet TODAY at 11:30am. Enjoy an informal demo and meet kabuki actor Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII, kabuki specialist for 2020-21 season Benten the Maiden (MEO SHIRANAMI GONIN OTOKO). UH Music building #116

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VIDEO: Master Architect I.M. Pei’s Manoa Masterpieces

Remembering the artistry of I.M. Pei (1917-2019) Enjoy this memorial video by filmmaker John Wells featuring master modernist architect I.M. Pei’s Manoa masterpieces, including:  UHM’s John F. Kennedy Theatre and East-West Center’s Jefferson Hall. Click Here to View

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World Famous Kennedy Theatre Architect, I.M. Pei Dies at 102.

The world lost master architect I.M. Pei earlier today (May 16, 2019) at the age of 102. Pei, a modernist architect, designed UHM’s John F. Kennedy Theatre which opened its doors in 1963 as part of a larger architectural project including the East-West Center’s Jefferson Hall. The Chinese American architect was enlisted for the East-West…+ More Information

HŌ‘IKE HANA KEAKA- 5/9/19 9:30 AM

The word hō‘ike in Hawaiian means to show, to tell, to demonstrate one’s knowledge. As a culmination to this semester’s research and performance journey students enrolled in Theatre 424: Hawaiian Acting Workshop present original scenes they’ve developed based on Hawaiianmo‘olelo (stories and histories). This hō‘ike honors mo‘olelo ranging from the time of the akua (gods) as in the story…+ More Information

Remembering Georgia Engel, UH Theatre Alumna

The news on Monday of the passing of beloved actress Georgia Engel strikes close to home for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s theatre program and Kennedy Theatre. In the years shortly following the opening of Kennedy Theatre, Georgia Engel matriculated though the theatre program and shared the stage with many of Hawai‘i’s legacy performers,…+ More Information

2019/20 Season Announcement

Kennedy Theatre Announces 2019/20 Season UHM Department of Theatre + Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present the 2019/20 Season MAINSTAGE SEASONThe Mainstage Season opens with ‘Au‘a ‘la: Holding On, a hana keaka (Hawaiian Theatre) production in which four students embark on a research journey to seek the meaning of mana and an understanding…+ More Information

It’s the Grass that Suffers

September 28, 29 & October 4, 5, 2019FRI/SAT at 11:00pmSUN 9/29 at 7:30pmEARLE ERNST LAB THEATRE By Joseph GovernaleDirected by MFA Directing Candidate Thea Wigglesworth African proverb states: When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Sofie loves elephants and plans to catch one with her imaginary elephant friend. She discovers that the real…+ More Information

AUDITIONS: ‘Auʻa ʻIa: Holding On

The UHM Hawaiian Theatre Program announces e hoʻāʻo Hana Keaka 19 April 2019, 10 AM – 1 PM – Earle Ernst Lab Theatre OR22 April 2019, 4 PM – 7 PM – Kennedy Mainstage Hūi e ia nei, hoihoi paha ‘oe i ka hana keaka ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi?Calling all performers, actors, dancers, chanters, musician, storytellers…come be…+ More Information

‘Integral Bodies’ on Hawaii Public Radio

HPR’s Noe Tanigawa came by a rehearsal for Integral Bodies and interviewed some of the cast. Read the article titled “Vodka’s Not the Only One Who Says, You Can Dance!” and hear the story on HPR’s website by clicking here. Integral Bodies runs April 5-14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 14 at…+ More Information

‘Integral Bodies’ on Think Tech Hawaii’s KwokTalk

Integral Bodies director, Peiling Kao, and assistant director, Keola Simpson, joined Crystal Kwok on her show, “KwokTalk,” to discuss the dance-theatre performance opening this Friday, April 5th.

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‘Integral Bodies’ Opens Friday, April 5th

Promoting Diversity and Inclusivity in Dance Kennedy Theatre and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance present Integral Bodies on April 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Mainstage series.  This innovative dance production promotes inclusive dance-making and challenges stereotypes,…+ More Information

6th Annual Department of Theatre and Dance Graduate Symposium

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the 6th Annual Theatre and Dance Graduate SymposiumMarch 28, 2019 3:00-5:45pmKennedy Theatre, Room 101 Please come support our graduate students. Find out more about what they are delving into. Ask questions to help them discover new trajectories!Refreshments will be served. 3:00pmScott Felluss: PhD, Performance Studies“Clearing the Air”…+ More Information

‘Hamilton’ Broadway Cast Member Leads Workshop at UHM

Broadway and TV/Film actor and dancer, Seth Stewart, comes to the UHM’s Department of Theatre and Dance to lead a workshop in Acting, Dance, Character Development/Movement, and Career Development for Actors and Dancers. The workshop will take place on Friday, April 5th from 2:00pm-4:00pm in the UHM Dance Studio (1820 Edmonson Road). The workshop is…+ More Information

Swipe Right on this Restoration Comedy

Swipe Right on this Restoration ComedyKennedy Theatre Presents William Wycherley’s The Country Wife The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present The Country Wife by William Wycherley.  Directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre, Stacy Ray, this comedy of manners written in 17th century England is…+ More Information

Corpus Interruptus

CORPUS INTERRUPTUS April 6, 7, 12, & 13, 2019 Late Night Theatre Company, UH Mānoa’s student theatre organization, presents Corpus Interruptus, a devised theatrical experience with no script, no fiction, and no rules, exploring our bodies and identities in 2019. It will play in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre on April 6, 12, and 13…+ More Information

Series on Hawaiian Theatre

Associate Professor of Theatre and Hawaiian Theatre Program Director, Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker curated a five essay series on Hawaiian Theatre for HowlRound with Emerson College. The series titled, Eia Hawai‘inuiākea: The Foundation and Rise of Hawaiian Theatre, is available to read on This series contains essays by Ākea Kahikina (UHM MFA candidate in Hawaiian Theatre);…+ More Information

Trailer for ‘Integral Bodies’

Kennedy Theatre’s next production is Integral Bodies, a dance-theatre performance directed by Peiling Kao with dramaturgy by Markus Wessendorf. Integral Bodies promotes inclusive dance-making and challenges stereotypes, prejudices, and assumptions about what a body means. Runs April 5, 6, 12, 13, and 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday the 14th at 2:00…+ More Information

‘Integral Bodies’ Collaborator, Alito Alessi, on HPR’s ‘The Conversation’ 3/8

Alito Alessi, artistic director of DanceAbility and a Guggenheim and the American National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient, joined Catherine Cruz on HPR’s talk show The Conversation on Friday, March 8th. He spoke about inclusive-dance making and working with disabled and mixed-ability populations to create dance. Alessi is a collaborator on Kennedy Theatre’s upcoming production…+ More Information

Gift from Kabuki In Hawaii Featured on HNN

“As a token of their appreciation and friendship, the cast [of Kabuki In Hawaii] donated an intricately crafted Asakura screen to UH Manoa,” writes Honolulu News Now’s Dillon Ancheta. This screen was used as the backdrop of the performances at Kennedy Theatre and is valued at $100,000. Click here to read the full article and…+ More Information

UHM Theatre Students Recognized at Regional Theatre Festival

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region 7 Festival was held February 18-22 in Eugene, OR, and several UHM students from the Department of Theatre and Dance attended the festival to showcase their artistic work. Many of the students who attended entered in competitions. Below are recognitions and highlights of the student work….+ More Information

Master Classes, Workshops, and Lectures Come to the Department of Theatre and Dance

Many guest artists are coming to present Master Classes, Workshops, and Lectures in March all of which are free and open to the public. Starting on March 4th, Jack Gray leads a Master Class followed by Workshops (March 7th, 10th, and 12th) and a Lecture (March 8th) called, All Bodies Speak, from DanceAbility artistic director, Alito Alessi. On…+ More Information

Promoting Diversity and Inclusivity in Dance

Integral Bodies runs April 5-14, 2019 Kennedy Theatre and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance present Integral Bodies on April 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. as part of the Mainstage series.  This innovative dance production promotes inclusive dance-making and challenges stereotypes, prejudices,…+ More Information

Professors in Print: Jhalak Kara Miller

Associate Professor of Dance (UHM Dept. of Theatre + Dance), Dr. Jhalak Kara Miller has a newly published article and video essay, “Reframing Habitat” in PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research. The works were co-authored with Larry Asakawa and are based on their artistic practice and dance performance research for “Reframing Habitat” originally presented…+ More Information

A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream Opens Fri. Feb 1

Kennedy Theatre’s Mainstage production of A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream opens this Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. You will not want to miss this show, which has been described as a “marriage of Shakespeare and Bollywood.” You can purchase tickets at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office this week and next week Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., by calling…+ More Information

Student Performers and Artists Début Powerful New Choreography

Kennedy Theatre Presents Winter Footholds: Glimpse Dance Concert The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present Winter Footholds: Glimpse, the second dance concert in the student showcase series.  This multidimensional performance brings together dance students, choreographers, technicians, and designers to create an intriguing presentation of…+ More Information

MFA Candidate Honored: Melisa Orozco Vargas

Congratulations to MFA candidate in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) Melisa Orozco Vargas, recently selected as an Emerging Leader in TYA Fellow by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. She will complete an individual research project by travelling to leading TYA theatres and institutions across the country; receive mentorship and leadership development from the TYA/USA Staff and…+ More Information

MFA Candidate Honored: Todd Farley

Congratulations to MFA Candidate in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) Todd Farley, recently selected as this year’s Winifred Ward Scholar. This prestigious honor includes a $10,000 scholarship administered by AATE (American Alliance for Theatre in Education). The Winifred Ward Scholarship is named for the pioneer of children’s theatre and creative drama in the United States. The award…+ More Information

A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream Rehearsal Sneak Peek

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Summer 2019: One-of-a-kind kabuki workshops!

THEA 428: Japanese Acting Workshop – Kabuki                           3 cr.  5/28/19 ~ 6/14/19 Week one, taught by Dr. Julie A. Iezzi, UHM professor, covers historical information, play readings, kabuki conventions and terminology, dressing, and protocol. Weeks two and three, taught by veteran actor Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII, versatile performer and member of Ichikawa Ennosuke’s kabuki troupe, will consist…+ More Information

Two Guest Artists Visit Department of Theatre + Dance

Laura Gardner and Frank Collison to visit UHM’s Department of Theatre + Dance January 22nd and January 23rd. Laura Gardner An established professional in the national and international world of theatre, television, and film, Laura has been on the faculty of The Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles for over 18 years. She has…+ More Information

Professors in Print: Markus Wessendorf

Professor of Theatre (UHM Dept. of Theatre & Dance), Dr. Markus Wessendorf’s translation of Bertolt Brecht’s play The Judith of Shimoda, an adaptation of a play by the Japanese playwright Yamamoto Yuzo, has now been published (with accompanying introduction) in the first collection of “new” dramatic material by Brecht in English since the 1970s, Brecht and the Writerʻs Workshop:…+ More Information

Kennedy Theatre Presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream’

“The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth” A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream runs February 1-10, 2019 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream on February 1, 2, 8, and 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and February 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. on the…+ More Information

Teaching Award: Amy Schiffner, Theatre & Dance

As announced in today’s College of Arts & Humanities Bulletin – “Congratulations to Theatre and Dance Associate Professor Amy Schiffner, the 2019 awardee for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts & Humanities. In addition to a cash award and certificate (and honors at the A&H annual College reception) Prof. Schiffner will be the A&H…+ More Information

MFA Thesis Project featured on Hawaii News Now 1/3/19

This morning MFA Candidate Todd Farley talked with Hawaii News Now about his upcoming thesis production of Stranvinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat (Soldier’s Tale)  in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i with a live orchestra, Chamber Music Hawai‘i. The production features theatre, dance, Hawaiian language, and Hawaiian studies students from UH Mānoa. Click here to see the interview. This production is coming up soon at Doris Duke Theatre (14…+ More Information

Recently Published: Lurana O’Malley

Just Published: a major article by Dr. Lurana O’Malley, Professor of Theatre at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. The article, “‘Why I Wrote the Phyllis Wheatley Pageant-Play:’ Mary Church Terrell’s Bicentennial Activism,” is included in the section, “Rousing Experiences: Theatre, Politics, and Change,” in the book, Theatre History Studies 37 (2018). Click the link that follows for a sample…+ More Information

2019 Kabuki at Kennedy Theatre Press Conference Held

A press conference was held today with: visiting artists from “2019 Kabuki in Japan,” members of JTB, UHM Arts & Humanities Dean Peter Arnade, and Christine Lamborn from the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance.  Tickets to the upcoming kabuki performance on the UHM Kennedy Theatre Mainstage (March 2-6, 2019)  have been on sale exclusively in…+ More Information

UHM Dance Faculty Choreographs for Performance at UH Hilo

Join our dance ‘ohana in Hilo this weekend for the performance of “Shift,” a contemporary and improvisational live dance and digital video collaboration between UH Mānoa dance faculty, Jhalak Kara Miller, and dancers from the UH Hilo Ensemble directed by UH Hilo dance faculty, Celeste Staton. Preview Show Friday, November 30 Great Leaps Dance Concert, Saturday, December…+ More Information

UHM Theatre Alum Offers Playwriting Workshop and Lectures

Yilong Liu, a recent UHM graduate (MFA Playwriting), will be here from New York to present a playwriting workshop, a public talk, and guest lectures in our theatre classes next week. Public Talk: A Playwright’s Journey Monday, 26 November 2018 3:00 – 4:00 PM Sakamaki A-102 Playwriting Workshop Monday, 26 November 2018 5:30 – 7:30…+ More Information

Hawaii Casting Director Visits Acting for TV/Film Class

Hawaii’s premiere casting director, Rachel Sutton, paid a visit to UH Manoa’s Acting for TV/Film class (THEA 323) on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.  Sutton provides screen talent for Magnum P.I., Hawai’i 5-0, Moana, The Descendants, In Humans, and others.

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MA Theatre Comprehensive Exam Structure

[ ] MA Plan A (4 hours) half hour each for 4 general areas from the non-specialist areas: Acting/Directing, Theory/History, Design, Asian/Pacific, TYA one hour specialist area question  (one of the 5 above) one hour special question designed specially for the candidate [ ] MA Plan A (4 hours) one hour exam in non-specialist history/theory…+ More Information

Late Night Theatre Presents “Murder at the Victorian Estate!”

MURDER AT THE VICTORIAN ESTATE! An Improvised Murder Mystery November 29-30, December 1-2, 2018 Late Night Theatre Company presents MURDER AT THE VICTORIAN ESTATE!, a murder mystery and improvised comedy, in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre on November 29-30 and December 1-2, 2018. The Thursday-Saturday performances begin at 9:30 pm with the Sunday “matin-eve” beginning at…+ More Information

Audition Announcement for Integral Bodies

Audition Announcement for Integral Bodies, a dance-theatre production. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, November 28th at 5:30pm in the Dance Building Studio (1820 Edmonson Rd on UHM Campus off Maile Way). Looking for: People from different cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, and physical abilites. People with open minds to devote their time and creative ideas to…+ More Information

Kennedy Theatre Presents “Fall Footholds: Intersections”

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present Fall Footholds: Intersections, a biannual dance concert series featuring student choreography and performance.  The program features eight works showcasing the talents of PhD in Performance Studies candidates, Master of Fine Arts in Dance candidates, and undergraduate Dance…+ More Information

A Manoa Christmas – Classical Holiday Celebration

December 6, 2018 7:30 pm Kennedy Theatre Mainstage UHM’s Music Department and Department of Theatre and Dance are collaborating for a classical Christmas celebration featuring  performances of holiday classics by UH Symphony Orchestra, Choirs, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band.  Throughout the evening, student actors from the Theatre program will be performing scenes from A Christmas Carol, embodying…+ More Information

This Halloween, Orson Welles’ Infamous War of the Worlds Radio Play on Its 80th Anniversary

War of the Worlds staged reading runs at Kennedy Theatre on October 26, 27, and 30 UHM’s Theatre and Dance Association is proud to present a staged reading of War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script, by Howard E. Koch, based on the 1897 science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. This radio play about…+ More Information

The Good Person of Setzuan Pre-Show Panel Discussion OCT 10

Those attending the opening night performance of The Good Person of Setzuan on Wednesday, October 10th are invited to join us in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre for a pre-show panel discussion. The panel, starting at 6:30 p.m., will be moderated by Dr. Markus Wessendorf who is the current editor of the Brecht Yearbook, the…+ More Information


The Good Person of Setzuan opens at Kennedy Theatre October 10 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan directed by MFA Directing candidate and Po‘okela award-winning music director, Ike Webster.  This play, originally written by one…+ More Information

DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT Final Weekend! Matinee Show Added!

Additional Matinee Performance at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23 Due to popular demand for matinee performances, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre have added a second matinee performance of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23.  Dr. Seuss’s beloved…+ More Information

CAST LIST: A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream

From the Artistic Team – Thank you thank you thank you all for such hard work. Decisions were extremely difficult. UNDERSTUDIES: if you are interested in understudying a role, please see Paul Mitri ASAP.  Understudying can be one of the most valuable experiences in theatre, if you’re willing to put in the work. Oberon: Jarren…+ More Information

It Comes in Threes: An Evening of Quick Comedies

IT COMES IN THREES: An Evening of Quick Comedies September 15-16 & 21-22, 2018 Student-run theatre company, Late Night Theatre, presents It Comes in Threes: An Evening of Quick Comedies to kick off the 2018-2019 Late Night Series. Three short comedic plays written by three different playwrights and led by three different directors, ensures that…+ More Information

Auditions Announced for “A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream”

Come out and audition for Kennedy Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream.  Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 4th and Wednesday, September 5th.  Singing auditions are from 5:30pm-6:30pm with dance auditions and readings following from 6:30pm-9:30pm.  All auditions are held in Kennedy Theatre’s Studio S (downstairs by the costume shop). Please come prepared to sing…+ More Information

Po’okela Awards 2018: UHM Kennedy Theatre, Students and Faculty Honored

Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council Announces the 2017-2018 Poʻokela Award Recipients at Stars’ Night Out Kennedy Theatre Productions as well as individual UHM Theatre faculty and students were honored with awards for excellence at the 2017-2018 Season Po’okela Awards on Monday, August 6th at a gala which took place at Koʻolau Ballrooms & Conference Center in…+ More Information

UH’s Hailiopua Baker in Celebrity Keynote Lineup this August

UHM Theatre’s own Haili′ōpua Baker joins David Henry Hwang,  Rajiv Joseph, and Jamil Khoury as Keynote Speakers at the 2018 Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists this August in Chicago. #ConFest18#RevolutionaryActs

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Beloved Children’s Book Pounces to Life at Kennedy Theatre

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat opens September 14, 2018 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Kennedy Theatre are proud to present Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat.  Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic comes to the stage in an action-packed, hilarious romp that is sure to delight all…+ More Information

Kabuki in Hawai’i 2019 – Special Event on the Mainstage

Commemorative Project for the 150th anniversary of Japanese emigration to Hawai’i Hosted by UHM Kennedy Theatre, in collaboration with the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance. Produced by Executive Committee of ‘2019 HONOLULU KABUKI’ and Shochiku Co., Ltd. Tickets are not handled by Kennedy Theatre, please go to JTB for tickets and ticketing 2019…+ More Information

SuperSaver Tickets Online Sale (20-35% off Regular Adult Tickets)

Tickets to Kennedy Theatre’s three 2018/19 mainstage season shows are on sale 24/7 online at 20-35% off until August 31, 2018. Click on the title for show descriptions: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream Integral Bodies, a dance-theatre performance Click Here to buy tickets online

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Prof. Wichmann-Walczak Honored by Tsao Foundation

Earlier this month, long-time UHM Professor and Asian Theatre Specialist in the Department of Theatre & Dance, Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, was honored with the 2018 Dr. Shuang Xin Tsao Private Foundation Award for “Outstanding, Creative and Unique accomplishments” in the field of Jingju (also called by some, Chinese or Peking Opera). On May 8, 2018 she…+ More Information

Casting Director Comes to Theatre Classes

One of Hawai’i’s top casting directors, Rachel Sutton, came to Assistant Professor of Theatre Stacy Ray’s Film/TV Acting class this semester.  Sutton has worked in the casting department on TV shows and movies including Aloha, The Descendants, and Lost to name a few.  She has also worked as the casting director on Hawaii 5-0 and Moana. Sutton comes to Ray’s Film/TV Acting…+ More Information

Kennedy Theatre’s 2018/19 Season of Performances

Kennedy Theatre Announces 2018/19 Season Let’s Play at Kennedy Theatre UHM Kennedy Theatre presents its 2018/19 season, Let’s Play. From the playfulness of Thing 1 and Thing 2 and The Cat in the Hat to the pranks pulled by Puck in the forests of India to the fun of dance-theatre, Kennedy Theatre’s 2018/2019 season is…+ More Information

Auditions Announced for “The Good Person of Setzuan”

UHM’s Department of Theatre and Dance announces auditions for The Good Person of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Wendy Arons, adapted by Tony Kushner, and directed by MFA in Directing candidate Ike Webster. Auditions will be April 30th, from 6:00PM – 10:00PM with callbacks on May 1st from 6:00PM – 10:00PM.  Originally written by Bertolt Brecht in…+ More Information

Final Weekend of “Nora”

This weekend is your last chance to see Nora, legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s stage version of Henrik Ibsen’s class A Doll House.  Reviewers are calling the production “superb” saying, “The design is excellent, and the performances are masterful….”  This production is truly a “powerhouse of performances.” The final weekend of performances runs Friday and Saturday (April 20…+ More Information

Actors from The London Stage: Free Workshops at UHM

Actors From The London Stage (consisting of five British Shakespearean artists from such companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, among others) are in residence on island, doing workshops at various schools and a performance of Taming of the Shrew on Wednesday April 18, 2018…+ More Information

“Nora” Opens This Friday

Nora opens on the Kennedy Theatre Mainstage this Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.  In a compelling 90-minute adaptation, legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman distilled Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, A Doll House, down to the bare essentials, exposing the heart and passion of relationships and choices. Shows run April 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and…+ More Information

Auditions Announced for “Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat”

Want to be a part of Kennedy Theatre’s 2018/2019 season opener? Come audition for Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat on Tuesday, April 24th or Wednesday, April 25th.  Auditions will be from 6:00-9:00PM on both days in Kennedy Theatre’s Studio S.  There is no need to attend both days.  Please arrive at 6PM and plan…+ More Information

“Nora” Trailer Released

Kennedy Theatre has released the trailer for its final main stage production of the 2017-2018 season, Nora, opening April 13 and running through April 22. With Nora, filmmaker Ingmar Bergman adapted Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece A Doll House into a 90 minute whirlwind stage  production, distilling it down to the bare essentials and exploring the heart and passion…+ More Information

Work of UHM Theatre Alums featured in American Theatre Magazine

Celebrating theatre that shares the stories of indigenous people, an article titled “Indigenous States” in American Theatre Magazine features the work of several alumni from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  The article mentions Associate Professor of Theatre and the Hawaiian Theatre Program Director, Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker’s, 2015 production of Lā‘ieikawai–the first Hawaiian-language play presented at Kennedy…+ More Information

Remaining Fulbright Lecturer Tanya Weinstein Events

Remaining Fulbright Lecturer Tanya Weinstein Events Weds. March 21, 12:30pm-1:50pm Dance class #1 in Butoh  (at Dance Building) ALL WELCOME!   Weds. March 21, 3:30-5:30pm Russian Club meeting (Moore Hall 252)  Tanya and Alexander Weinstein on theatre in Russia ALL WELCOME!   Thursday March 22 2pm-3:15pm  advanced choreography class (DNCE 671) (contact Betsy Fisher at to see if you can participate)  Dance…+ More Information

UHM Dancer Honored at Regional Festival

Dancers representing colleges from American College Dance Association’s Western Region competed for a place in the ajudicated Gala concert for the ACDA Region this month.  Annually, about 6-7 dance works are selected for the showcase out of over 150 applicants by a panel of three professional dancers/choreographers. UHM dual major in Dance and Hawaiian Studies,…+ More Information

“Spring Footholds: Transitions” Opens Tonight!

Spring Footholds: Transitions opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre.  This dance concert showcases the talents of Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Dance candidates as well as undergraduate dance student choreographers and performers with a dynamic contrast of styles and themes.  Some featured works include MFA candidate Amy…+ More Information

Helgard Haug Public Lecture: The Immersive Theater Projects of Rimini Protokoll

On April 5 at 6:30pm in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at UHM, Helgard Haug will present several projects by the artist collective Rimini Protokoll with a focus on their more immersive work. Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel compose the Swiss-German theater company Rimini Protokoll. Since 2000, Rimini Protokoll has developed pieces for…+ More Information

13 Students and 2 Faculty Members Take on Freezing Weather and Snow at KCACTF

Thirteen UHM Students and 2 UHM Theatre Faculty Members traveled to Spokane, Washington to participate in the Kennedy Center American Theater Festival’s Region VII Conference.  Although the students were out of their element weather-wise (the temperature was in the single digits and it snowed!), they huddled together to make the most of the festival.    …+ More Information

Fights & Delights in National Documentary

A documentary team from CGTN (China Global Television) America in Washington DC is producing a “mini-documentary” on UHM Theatre & Dance’s Asian Theatre Program and its  Xiqu training and culminating production of Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies.  They were at Kennedy Theatre shooting footage last November, and again last week, and expect to have…+ More Information

Fights & Delights is “Stunningly Remarkable”

Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies are in!  Hitting the Stage’s Wil Kahele and community member Taurie Kinoshita praise Fights & Delights saying the production has “beauty in everything the audience sees and hears” and comment on “the spectacular skill of the actors.”  It is a “unique and successful meeting of youth theatre and traditional Chinese theatre.”  Don’t…+ More Information

Free Dance Workshop with “Eat the Sun”

Click here for information Movement & Sound Improvisation & Collaboration Workshops Focusing on the nature of collaboration between dancers and musicians, the class sequence offers the opportunity to discover new collaborative relationships while allowing individuals a chance to hone their skills and share immediate feedback. Practicing being present, challenging our habits of seeing, hearing, making,…+ More Information

Box Office Opening and New Video of Fights & Delights

Kennedy Theatre is pleased to announce that the Box Office is OPEN Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for tickets to Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies.  You can also purchase tickets by going to, calling 944.2697, at Campus Center, and at Stan Sheriff Box Office. Want to see what’s in store?  Check out some clips…+ More Information

Theatre Faculty Member Tours with MVT Hit Show

Stacy Ray, Assistant Professor of Theatre and director of Kennedy Theatre’s upcoming production of Nora, is on tour to the Big Island with MVT.  Mānoa Valley Theatre (MVT) has remounted its sell-out production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron.  The show tours the Big Island February 8th to 13th.  For…+ More Information

Theatre and Dance Faculty and Students Receive Awards for Research

Peiling Kao, Assistant Professor of Dance, has received a Junior Faculty Research Award from the UHM College of Arts and Humanities.  This award comes with a $1,000 prize and a single course reduction in the Fall 2018 semester to give her additional time and support for continuing scholarship and preparation towards tenure.   Two graduate…+ More Information

“Fights & Delights” Introductory Video is Here!

Get introduced into the world of xiqu, the indigenous form of Chinese theatre, with our introductory video to Fights & Delights. Learn about the Chinese theatre form, the training process, and  the show itself! With adorable lovers, mistaken identities, acrobatic contortions, and exhilarating battles, this show, celebrating the chou–or comic–character, is sure to be fun for…+ More Information

Master Class: African and Caribbean Influenced Modern Dance with Krislyn World on Feb. 2

Instructor in African, Latin, and Modern Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts, Krislyn World is also a Healing Arts practitioner. Her experiences with dance have taken her to West Africa, South Africa, South-East Asia, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean. She now brings her experiences to UHM, where she will be…+ More Information

UHM Dance Students in 2nd Annual Indian Dance Festival

Aaja Nachle (Hawai’i’s Bollywood/bhangra dance troupe) presents ESSENCE – A Celebration of Women on Saturday, January 20th at 7:30pm in the Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theatre. Aaja Nachle was founded in 2012 by Nada McClellan and Sai Bhatawadekar.  Bhatawadekar is a Professor of Hindi and Urdu at UHM.  She also choreographed for our…+ More Information

Alumna receives Excellence in Education Award from KCACTF

Congratulations to UHM MFA Theatre Alumna and WCC Theatre Instructor/Director Taurie Kinoshita for being selected for the 2017 KCACTF Region 8 Excellence in Education Award!

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Ready, Get Set, Chou!

Happy New Year everyone!  Classes for the Spring 2018 Semester start on Monday, Jan. 8! We can’t wait to see all of the returning and incoming students fill the rooms of Kennedy Theatre again!   Our first show of the new semester is Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies.  With adorable lovers, acrobatic contortions, mistaken identities, and…+ More Information

In Memoriam – Abel Coelho

We are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Performing Artist and UHM alum, Abel Coelho (MFA Asian Performance, 2009), in Kyoto on December21, 2017. Abel was a talented butoh performer and choreographer, and one of the people responsible for opening the very first theatre in Japan dedicated to butoh performance—the Butohkan, opened…+ More Information

UHM Dance Faculty Member Performs at Kumu Kahua Theatre

The newest member of the UHM Dance faculty, Peiling Kao, is presenting a full program of cutting-edge contemporary dance at Kumu Kahua Theatre this Friday called “You Are Here”. Check out her show and see why the program is so to have her on the team! Taiwanese choreographer Peiling Kao’s Hawaiʻi debut features solo work…+ More Information

Alumnus Invited Stateside to International Experimental Theatre Festival

UHM Theatre MFA Chong Wang has been invited stateside for The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in New York City. Wang Chong, founder and artistic director of Beijing-based performance group Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, is the leading force of Chinese experimental theatre. Wang’s works have been invited to festivals in 16 countries, including: Taipei Arts…+ More Information

Auditions Announced for April 2018 Production of “Nora”

NORA Kennedy Theatre Mainstage Production, April 2018 Directed by Stacy Ray AUDITIONS will be held on November 27 & 28, 2017! Kennedy Theatre’s production of Nora, Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House will be holding auditions after Thanksgiving. Auditions will be on Monday, November 27 from 5:30pm-8:30pm and on Tuesday, November 28 from 5:30pm-8:30pm on…+ More Information

Taiko Drum & Dance: Hana Hou! Preview Video

Our back-by-popular demand production Taiko Drum & Dance: Hana Hou! opens tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd.  This concert celebrating the cultural diversity in Hawai’i runs on the Kennedy Theatre Mainstage Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11, and 12.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30p.m. and the Sunday show is at 2:00p.m.  This Saturday’s show is almost sold…+ More Information

Hip-Hop Master Class with Amirah Sackett

UHM Department of Theatre + Dance partners with Shangri La Museum to host a Hip-Hop Master Class with Amirah Sackett on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 12:30p.m. to 1:50p.m.  The Master Class will take place at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Dance Building.  The event is free and open to the public.  Space is…+ More Information

Alumnae Honored at Golden Door Film Festival

UPDATE: UHM Theatre Graduates Margot Fitzsimmons (MFA Theatre for Young People) and Kelsey Faamausili’s (BA Theatre) documentary film “Pousette and the Pirates (The Journey of a Show)” was featured at The Golden Door International Film Festival October 5-8, 2017. The film was nominated for Best Film for Raising Awareness.  While it was not the final selection,…+ More Information


In case you missed it, Kennedy Theatre, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, had a busy weekend opening two shows.  On Friday, September 15th at 7:30, we opened the Hawai‘i State Premiere of The Spitfire Grill on the Mainstage, and at 11:00 Mimes, Masks, and Miracles premiered in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre.  The season openers for our…+ More Information

“The Spitfire Grill” Opens!

The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music are proud to present the Hawai’i State Premiere of “The Spitfire Grill” the musical on the Kennedy Theatre Mainstage.  You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to see this premiere performance! Check out the trailer, and click here for ticket information and…+ More Information

UHM Theatre Alumna in the News

UHM Theatre Alumna Parichat Jungwiwattanaporn is currently Dean of Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Thammasat University in Thailand. Rarely does she get the chance to Direct, but she recently took on The Voyage which is turning heads and hearts by telling true stories of migration and immigration.  “Even though it’s not political with a capital…+ More Information

“The Spitfire Grill” Trailer

UHM’s Department of Theatre + Dance and Department of Music present the Hawai’i premiere of the musical The Spitfire Grill. Check out our trailer! Join us in Gilead from September 15-September 24! September 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:30PM                              …+ More Information

10 Days Left to Save Up to 35% on Tickets ONLINE

There are just 10 days remaining to purchase your Advance SuperSaver Tickets for any of the Kennedy Theatre’s 4 Mainstage Shows.  Tickets are available ONLINE at  Sale ends September 1, 2017.  Don’t miss out on your chance to save up to 35% off Regular Adult ticket prices for shows like Taiko Dance & Drum: Hana Hou!

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Cast and Artistic Team of “The Spitfire Grill”

The Spitfire Grill, a Musical Kennedy Theatre Mainstage Sept. 15-24, 2017 Director: Lurana Donnels O’Malley Music Director: Ike Webster Choreographer: Amy Schiffner Lighting Design: Christopher Patrinos Scenic and Props Design: Rachel Filbeck Costume Design: Marc Marcos   Announcing the cast . . . PERCY  Jorin Young SHELBY Rachael Uyeno HANNAH Christine Lamborn EFFY Emily Steward JOE Jeff Brackett CALEB  Akea…+ More Information

UHM Theatre & Dance Dept. Wins 17 Po’okela Awards

UHM Theatre + Dance Department was honored with 17 Po’okela Awards celebrating excellence in design, directing and performance during the 2016-2017 Season of Shows. Additional awards were distributed to UHM students and faculty performers  as well as faculty designers participating in community theatre productions. (CHM = Chaminade University; DHT = Diamond Head Theatre; HSF =…+ More Information

“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” (8/18-9/3) Features Familiar Faces

While not part of the Kennedy Theatre season, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot presented by Theatre Found,  features many UHM faculty and students who are contributing their time and talents to this community theatre endeavor which will take place in the newly renovated Earle Ernst Lab Theatre within the Kennedy Theatre Building.  Familiar faces include:  Mark…+ More Information

Tickets up to 35% off now on sale ONLINE

Advance SuperSaver Tickets to any of Kennedy Theatre’s 4 Mainstage Season shows are onsale now ONLINE at  Save up to 35% off Regular Adult ticket prices. Sale ends September 1, 2017.

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Recently Published: Lurana Donnels O’Malley

The Witch of Endor Slept Here: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Crisis of the George Washington Bicentenary Lurana Donnels O’Malley MELUS (2016) 41 (4): 32-54. In 1932 (the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Washington and a time of institutionally sponsored patriotic fervor), the African American writer W. E. B. Du Bois…+ More Information

Kennedy Theatre’s 2017/18 Season of Performances

Kennedy Theatre Announces 2017/18 Season UHM Theatre + Dance Productions return to Kennedy Theatre The 2017/18 Season brings the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance back home to the newly renovated Kennedy Theatre. Long-awaited backstage code and safety upgrades were addressed in the spring of 2017 and are scheduled to be completed this summer. Patrons…+ More Information

5/28/17 Zombies Flee Kennedy Theatre

Sunday, May 28th, shortly after dark, Director Ryan Ishii filmed a scene outside UHM Kennedy Theatre for a film written by and starring UHM theatre alum Desmond Gilla. Spoiler Alert: it involves zombies, and some recent UHM theatre alumna.

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Scholarship Fundraising Appeal: Friends of Kennedy Theatre

Contribute to Theatre Student Scholarships “But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end.” – William Shakespeare With The FRIENDS OF KENNEDY THEATRE Scholarship … MASEEH “…I was a part of the best Asian Theatre program in the world.” (PhD student) MARC “….I was able to participate…+ More Information

Listen to Veteran Actor and NY Agent, Gary Epstein on HPR!

Gary Epstein, Agent/Owner of Phoenix Artists, Inc. NYC Epstein started Phoenix Artists in 1986 and merged with Los Angeles agent, Craig Wyckoff in 1991, giving both Epstein and Wyckoff visibility and offices for clients on both coasts. Epstein’s nine year association with the prestigious Hesseltine Baker Agency gave him rigorous training for helming his own…+ More Information

35 Graduates-To-Be Honored at Theatre + Dance Award Ceremony 2017

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Theatre & Dance Dept Award Ceremony TODAY at 5pm! (5/3)

Come celebrate the achievements of our 2017 graduates.  All undergraduate and graduate students finishing their degree programs in theatre or dance this calendar year will be recognized. 5:00pm Kennedy Theatre Upper Lanai, May 3, 2017

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AUDITION FOR A NEW YORK AGENT, Gary Epstein & MORE! – May 1, 3, 5

Gary Epstein, NY Agent Gary Epstein, Agent/Owner of Phoenix Artists, Inc. NYC, is here visiting the Department of Theatre and Dance during this Spring 2017 semester with the possibility of future visits! Come to Epstein’s 2 FREE workshops and then AUDITION for him! Epstein started Phoenix Artists in 1986 and merged with Los Angeles agent,…+ More Information

TONIGHT (4/4): KZOO Radio Interview on Upcoming “Power & Folly” kyogen production!

Tune in to KZOO Radio for a special interview broadcast* about upcoming kyogen production, “Power & Folly: Japanese Satire for the 21st Century”! Broadcast Time: TONIGHT, April 4, 2017 7:30PM – 8PM AM 1210 *In Japanese and in English.

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AUDITIONS for September 2017 Mainstage Show,”THE SPITFIRE GRILL”!

THE SPITFIRE GRILL Kennedy Theatre Mainstage Production, September 2017 Directed by Lurana Donnels O’Malley AUDITIONS will be held on April 17 & 18, 2017! Performers are sought for 7 roles (4 women, 3 men). Performers of all ethnicities will be considered for all roles. All within UH System (students, faculty, staff) are invited to audition….+ More Information

Playwriting Workshop with British Playwright Mark Ravenhill – Apr. 3-7

British playwright, dramaturge, director, actor,  show runner (Vicious) and journalist (The Guardian) Mark Ravenhill will be a guest artist at the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa this upcoming spring. Ravenhill will be teaching a playwriting workshop/masterclass: Date: April 3 – 7 Time: 5:00PM – 8:00PM Location: Kennedy Theatre For the…+ More Information

Theatre Safety Training with Monona Rossol at UHM – March 21 -22

Hazardous Materials Safety Training with MONONA ROSSOL Attend 7 hours of OSHA HazMat training for certification! MARCH 21 and 22, 2017 at UHM* *Location on UHM Campus – TBA FREE to students and the public. For more info: Monona Rossol Flyer AFTERNOON sessions: March 21, 2017 12 noon – 4:30 pm & March 22, 2017 12 noon…+ More Information

Watch “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!” PROMO video! OPENS WEDNESDAY!

MARCH 15-26 at Kennedy Theatre – For more info click here. Get tickets at and at the Box Office during show weeks! Inspired by Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, Smile, You’re Under Surveillance! explores the question of how the age of social media and a culture of surveillance have changed our everyday behavior and interactions.

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Dance/Performance/Film Lectures & Wkshps with Dr. Suparna Banerjee & Dr. Angana Jhaveri – 3/14-18

Dr. Suparna Banerjee and Dr. Angana Jhaveri Dance/Performance Studies Lectures and Dance Film Workshops March 14 – 18, 2017 Open to the Public at the Dance Building Suparna & Angana Wkshps Flyer LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS: TUESDAY March 14 : 9AM – 10:15AM Lecture: I/digi-I? Reading the ‘digital double’: new aesthetics and technoculture in contemporary/Bharatanatyam choreographies…+ More Information

Argentine Tango with Erin Malley & Doruk Golcu! – Mar. 17

Love dance? Want to learn Argentine tango? Join in this free dance workshop! Friday, March 17, 2017 12:30PM – 1:50PM UHM Dance Building Free and open to the public! Check out the poster here: Erin and Doruk Poster Erin Malley & Doruk Golcu are an internationally touring, teaching couple of Argentine Tango. Partners on the dance floor…+ More Information

FREE Acting & Meisner Technique Workshops with LA-based Actor Brian Mulligan – Mar. 10-12

3 days of exciting workshops taught by experienced actor Brian Mulligan! Brian Mulligan is an LA-based Actor/Teacher who specializes in teaching workshops on the Business of Acting and also Meisner Technique. Friday, March 10th: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm “The Business of Acting” Workshop on “How to Get the Job, Keep the Job and Keep…+ More Information

“Hikoi” Honolulu Biennial 2017 Dance Performances with UHM Dancers! 3/11

HIKOI Honolulu Biennial 2017: Opening Week Events – Dance Art Installation* MARCH 11 at 2PM The Hub FREE and open to the public. Registration is required: *Features live performances by UHM dancers! Hikoi is conceived as a procession and series of vignettes that respond to artwork in one of the main exhibition venues in the biennial….+ More Information

UHM Hawaiian Theatre MFA Thesis Production OPENS March 9th!

Huuuui. E mai a e nānā ʻoukou kēia hana keaka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Whether you ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, are learning to speak Hawaiian, would like to experience an immersive ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi event or love moʻolelo– Come and watch Nā Kau a Hiʻiaka. One week. Three Shows. THU/FRI March 9 & 10 AT 7:00 PM SAT March 11…+ More Information

Listen to HPR’s “The Conversation” Interview of “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!”

Click here to listen to “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!” creator Markus Wessendorf share the inspiration and development of Kennedy Theatre’s third Primetime production in an exclusive interview with HPR! Then, get your tickets! SHOWTIMES: MARCH 15, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2017 at 7:30pm MARCH 26 at 2:00pm

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“ArtChangeUS@Oʻahu” Event ft. Hawaiian Theatre professor Hai’li Baker and UHM Students – 3/3-4

Join us for ArtChangeUS@Oʻahu, a series of events that range from participatory performance workshops, performance and discussion. You are welcome to join for any component, but registration is required because space is limited. ArtChangeUS@Oʻahu will feature cross-cultural exchange and insight into sustaining traditional and contemporary Hawaiian spaces. It is also a rare opportunity for theater artists and…+ More Information

Korean Masked Dance-drama Workshops with Chang Yeol Heo & Judy Van Zile – 2/27, 3/2

An Introductory Workshop on Korea’s Masked Dance-dramas with Visiting Guest Artist: Chang Yeol Heo Monday February, 27 12:30pm – 1:50pmUHM Dance Building StudioOpen to Public Chang Yeol Heo Flyer CHANG YEOL HEO is recognized as a talented emerging traditional Korean masked dance performer, and has also been involved in creatively adapting and developing this kind of…+ More Information

UHM Dance Improvisation students performing at Honolulu Museum of Art – Feb. & Apr.

Through the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Art + Choreography collaboration, UHM Assistant Professor of Dance Peiling Kao and her Dance Improvisation class students will be presenting a dance piece. February 25th, 2017 11am – 12pm Honolulu Museum of Art Introduction to Exhibition April 15th, 2017 11am – 12pm Honolulu Museum of Art Dance Performance Public…+ More Information

Tune in to Olelo for “MemoryHouse: Dreams” piece, “The Gathering”!

Here are the air dates for the broadcast of “The Gathering,” a dance piece from UHM’s November 2016 Dance + Technology Concert, MemoryHouse: Dreams. “The Gathering” 2/19/2017  10:30PM     OLELO53 2/20/2017   8:00PM      OLELO53 2/22/2017   1:00PM      OLELO53 2/26/2017   8:00AM      OLELO53

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Dance & Performance Studies Public Lecture with Gretchen Jude – Feb. 16

“From Performance Anxiety to Performance Studies: Reverberations of an Academic Journey” with Gretchen Jude Thursday, February 16th @ 3:45pm UHM Dance Building Room 100 Open to the Public! Gretchen Jude Flyer Gretchen Jude is a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at the University of California Davis.  Gretchen’s doctoral research explores the intersections of Japanese voice and…+ More Information

Sound Design Public Lecture with Dr. John Signor – Feb. 9

Public Lecture with Dr. John Signor Thursday, February 9, 2017 @3:45PM, UHM Dance Building Room 100 Dr. John Signor Flyer Artist/Scholar Dr. John Signor shares aspects of his interdisciplinary research in creating music for dance, theater, and film. A graduate of CalArts, Juilliard, The University of Miami and Willamette University, he has collaborated locally with…+ More Information

Dr. Desiree Quintero & Dr. Wayland Quintero Dance Studies Lecture – Jan. 26

Thursday, January 26, 3:45pm UHM Dance Building Room 100 Open to the Public Made possible in part by Special Funding from the Hawaiʻi State Legislature Dr. Quintero Lecture Flyer Artists/scholars Dr. Desiree A. Quintero and Dr. Wayland Quintero share aspects of their respective doctoral research and fieldwork experiences among people in Sabah, Malaysia and in…+ More Information

HPR Interview with “Twelfth Night” Director Paul Mitri

Listen in on a sneak peek of second Mainstage production, “Twelfth Night,” which opens this Friday, January 27 at 7PM! Click here: HPR Interview with Paul Mitri. (Third story from the top). Get your tickets now!  

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UHM Dance Professors Performing in “EXIT monkey” piece – Jan. 21

Come and enjoy “<EXIT> monkey,” a performance directed by Yukie Shiroma, UHM’s Okinawan Dance professor! Also performing in the piece are Department of Theatre and Dance Chair and Professor of Dance, Dr. Betsy Fisher, and fellow Dance professors, Peiling Kao and Amy Schiffner. Date: January 21, 2017 Check out the details here: “<EXIT> monkey” Flyer

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Peiling Kao and Kara Miller present “TINY SEISMIC” at FRINGE FESTIVAL – Jan. 13-14

“TINY SEISMIC” Dance Production “Tiny Seismic” is a shared dance and new media program with dance artists Peiling Kao, Kara Miller, and Friends. The event includes an improvisation duo electroViolet between Peiling Kao (movement) and Gretchen Jude (sound), video dance installations Mango Dream and Seconds by Kara Miller, and excerpts from Degrees of Separation by the Spinning Goats. Live…+ More Information

Musical Theatre Class with Broadway producer Michael Jackowitz – Feb. 9

Musical Theatre Workshop with Michael Jackowitz The Broadway musical producer Michael Jackowitz (Tuck Everlasting, Daddy Long Legs, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Pippin) will share his creative journey and use the upcoming Hawaiian Goddess as an example of how to create and produce a Broadway musical. Date: February 9, 1:30pm-2:45pm Venue: Kennedy Theatre, Men’s…+ More Information

Tune in to Olelo for MemoryHouse: DREAMS segments!

Tune in to Olelo for segments on Kennedy Theatre’s Dance Production, “MemoryHouse: DREAMS”! Here are the Olelo airdates: UHM Theater and Dance Department: Next Stop Mauna Kea 12/27/2016 8:00 PM Olelo 53 1/1/2017 9:00 AM Olelo 53 1/2/2017 3:00 PM Olelo 53 1/3/2017 11:00 PM Olelo 53 UHM Theater and Dance Department: Over as…+ More Information

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Senior Dancer teaches Masterclass – Jan. 27

Join Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Senior Dancer, I-Ling Liu’s Dance Masterclass! Friday, January 27, 2017 12:30PM – 1:50PM UHM Dance Building Free and open to the public! Check out the flyer here: I-Ling Masterclass Originally from Taiwan, I-Ling Liu is a senior member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and received her BFA from Taipei…+ More Information

Dance Masterclass with New York Choreographer/Performer Molissa Fenley – Jan. 11

New York-based experienced choreographer and performer, Molissa Fenley will be teaching a Dance Masterclass right here at UH Manoa! Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 12:30PM – 1:50PM UHM Dance Building Free and open to the public! Check out the flyer here: Molissa Fenley Masterclass Fenley founded Molissa Fenley and Company in 1977 and has since created over 85…+ More Information

Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Awarded to UHM Asian Theatre PhD Candidate Jennifer Yoo!

Congratulations to UHM Asian Theatre Ph.D Candidate Jennifer M. Yoo! Jennifer M. Yoo has been awarded the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship for study in Japan for the 2017-2018 year. Yoo has received her M.A. in Asian Theatre and is currently a Ph.D Candidate in Asian Theatre and an Asian Theatre Graduate Assistant at UH Manoa….+ More Information

Congratulations to UHM Theatre + Dance Alumna Kumu Vicky H. Takamine

Congratulations, Kumu Hula Victoria Holt Takamine! PAʻI Foundation founder and executive director, Kumu Hula Victoria Holt Takamine, has been named the 2016 USA Doris Duke Fellow of Traditional Arts. Takamine received her M.A. in Dance from the U.H.M. Department of Theatre and Dance. She has participated in numerous Kennedy Theater productions and taught Hula in…+ More Information

Tony-Award Winner John Rubinstein Gives Master Class! – Dec. 5

John Rubinstein, a Tony-Award winning star of Broadway/TV/Film, will give a FREE master class in Auditioning for Musical Theatre! Monday Dec. 5, 2016, at 6pm Location: Seto Hall on the ‘Iolani School campus Everyone is welcome! Spectators will observe Rubinstein work with pre-selected students from UHM and ‘Iolani.  Rubinstein’s visit is co-sponsored by the UHM…+ More Information

HEADS UP: AUDITIONS for Winter/Spring Footholds – Jan. & Apr.

Love dance? Preparations are in order for the upcoming Winter and Spring Footholds! The “Winter Footholds” performances will run February 15-19 and the “Spring Footholds” performances will run April 26-30. For more information about the auditions, see the flyer: Winter/Spring Footholds Auditions IMPORTANT notice for auditioners: The audition piece must be finished and have been advised…+ More Information

Master Dance Class with Kelly del Rosario – Dec. 7

Join us for a Master Dance Class with Kelly del Rosario on December 7th, 2016 here at UH Manoa! For more information: Master Dance Class with Kelly Flyer Kelly Del Rosario was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii. He began his studies in dance in 2001 at the University of Hawaii and received his BFA…+ More Information

Ka Unulau o Halāli’i Special Presentation – Nov. 22

Join us for a special presentation on the art of mele/waiata composition, haku kole, and the use of imagery in poetry composition by Dr. Tīmoti Karetu, Kumu Hula Keali‘i Reichel, and Kumu Hula Keawe Lopes. For more information: Ka Unulau o Halāli’i Flyer. Dr. Tīmoti Karetu Kumu Hula Keali‘i Reichel Kumu Hula Keawe Lopes    …+ More Information

Ballet Master Class with NYC Ballet’s Yvonne Borreé – Nov. 21

Master Class by former principal with New York City Ballet, Yvonne Borreé on November 21, 2016 at UH Manoa! For more information: Ballet Master Class Flyer.

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“The Thin Man on the Ladder” opens next week! – Nov. 17

THU-SAT NOVEMBER 17, 18, 19 at 9:00pm SUN NOVEMBER 20 at 7:00pm Location: Kennedy Theatre Studio S The second Late Night Theatre production is a devised theatre production devised and directed by Nathaniel Niemi and Aubrey Watkins. Niemi was recently awarded the National Prize in Directing by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. This…+ More Information

Special Lecture Demonstration by Noh and Kyōgen Mask Maker – Nov. 10

Lecture Demonstration by Noh and Kyōgen Mask Maker KITAZAWA HIDETA 能面打ち北澤秀太 Thursday, November 10, 2016 1-2pm Hamilton Library Room 301 KITAZAWA Hideta is a second-generation woodcarving artist who began studying under his woodcarver father Kitazawa Ikkyō. Becoming an independent wood carver and mask maker in 1997, Kitazawa Hideta has since created masks for noh plays performed…+ More Information

FREE Dance Master Class + Workshop next week! – Nov. 9, 10

Exciting dance classes FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Dance Master Class with Jack Gray “Muscle and Bone/Maori Games” Wednesday November 9, 12:30pm – 1:50pm Indigenous physicality draws upon an innate groundedness, with locomotive movements that apply repetition, directionality and spatial assertion – this training methodology combines a robust rhythm to upbeat music to work…+ More Information

New Media & Dance Concert Opens in 1 Week!

MemoryHouse: Dreams tickets are on sale now at  Don’t wait – seating is limited! ONE WEEKEND ONLY: FRI/SAT/SUN Nov 11-13, 2016

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“A House Divided” opens TONIGHT! -View Trailer

Immersive theatre production, “A House Divided,” opens TONIGHT (10/19) at 7:30 p.m. Check out the trailer here:

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Kevin Berg’s “A House Divided” HPR Interview -10/12/16

Playwright and Director Kevin C. K. Berg shares a sneak peek into his immersive theatre production, “A House Divided,” which runs October 19-23. Check it out here: HPR Interview 10/12/16

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AUDITIONS for “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!” – Nov. 14, 15

Find out the audition info for Primetime’s Edward Snowden-inspired production, “Smile, You’re Under Surveillance!” Smile, You’re Under Surveillance! Flyer

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AUDITIONS for “Twelfth Night” – Oct. 24, 25

Find out the audition info for second Mainstage production, Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

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“From Biscuits to Bananas” – Pilates Workshop Oct. 14

Oct. 14, 2016 Time: 12:30p – 1:50p Location: UHM Dance Building Studio Free and open to the public! Presented by the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance and the Dennis Ihara Guest Artist/Scholar Series This workshop, taught by Kim Gibilisco and Bob Turner, will focus on taking a rigid foot, aka, “biscuit,” and transforming it to a strong,…+ More Information

Representative Isaac W. Choy, special guest at Hawaiian Theatre Symposium 2016

Representative Isaac W. Choy will be a special guest in attendance at the Hawaiian Theatre Symposium (HTS). Representative Choy currently serves as the Chair of the House Education committee and represents District 23, which includes Manoa and University. He will present a Legislative Proclamation at the HTS at 9:30AM.

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FINAL WEEKEND! Antigone at Kennedy Theatre

Last chance to watch the outdoor production that everyone is talking about! FRI SEP 23 at 5:00pm SAT SEP 24 at 2:00pm SAT SEP 24 at 5:00pm SUN SEP 25 at 2:00pm SUN SEP 25 at 5:00pm Watch the trailer: Details about the show: CLICK HERE to Buy Tickets

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Tune in to OLELO 53 for HSTC Stars’ Night Out Gala Airing!

The airdates for the HSTC Stars’ Night Out Gala are coming up. Tune in to OLELO 53 to “attend” the Hawaii State Theater Council’s award ceremony which took place on August 8, 2016.  Lots of award winning performers, shows, and designers from Kennedy Theatre and the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance are honored at…+ More Information

Free Dance Masterclass THIS FRI 12:30pm

What: Dance Masterclass with Rachel Berman Long-time member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, mover and shaker with Dancers Responding to AIDS, and kama’āina, Rachel Berman, teaches a contemporary dance master class at UHM. Presented By: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance When: FRI September 16, 2016;  12:30pm – 1:50pm Where: UHM Dance Studio in the…+ More Information

Watch our Antigone Trailer! Show opens Friday   Show opens Friday, September 16.  Click Here to Purchase Tickets Online 24/7.

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Congratulations to our UHM Po‘okela Award Recipients

On Monday, August 8th, much of the Oʻahu theatre community came together for the Hawaii State Theater Council’s annual Stars’ Night Out! During the event, numerous UHM students and faculty received awards and praise, mostly in the form of Po‘okela Awards, for outstanding work on last season’s shows. Below is a comprehensive list of all UHM’s recipients…+ More Information

Welcome! Assistant Professors Peiling Kao & Michelle Bisbee

Fall 2016 ushers in a new school year, show season, and two new Assistant Professors. UHM Department of Theatre + Dance welcomes: Assistant Professor of Scenic Design Michelle Bisbee – read more. Assistant Professor of Dance Peiling Kao – read more. 

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Acclaimed Educator, Director and Author Libby Appel at UHM Aug. 22-27, 2016

The UHM Department of Theatre + Dance is proud to announce that highly-acclaimed Educator, Director and Author Libby Appel, Artistic Director Emeritus of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will be in residence August 22-27, 2016. Appel will lead a workshop, Text Work for Actors and Directors, August 22-26, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each…+ More Information

Center Stage with Donna Blanchard talks about Kennedy Theatre 2016/2017 Season

Host Donna Blanchard interviews Kennedy Theatre Manager Jessica Jacob about the coming season of shows “outside the box.”

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“Gorilla” shows SOLD OUT

The UHM Dept. of Theatre + Dance’s Theatre for Young Audiences production of Gorilla is sold out for its public performances on SAT/SUN December 12/13/19/20. This production takes place in the Commons Gallery at the UHM ARTS BLDG complex.

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Body Percussion Workshop with Keith Terry 11/25/15

Keith Terry will be in town for a few days and has agreed to conduct a body percussion class at the University of Hawaii Dance Building on November 25, 2015 Kenny Endo and Takashi Koshi will be accompanying the class. Class time: 12:30-1:50PM Date: Wednesday, November 25 Place: New Dance Building, UHM (off Maile Way)…+ More Information

Student Fee Board (SAPFB) Free UHM Student Ticket Event: Sunday in the Park with George

Breaking News: Your very own Student Activity and Program Fee Board is inviting a limited number of current UHM students to see Sunday in the Park with George – the award-winning Broadway musical – at Kennedy Theatre for FREE. Click Here to find out HOW!!

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Graduate Assistantship Positions Available

NEWS: APPLICANTS FOR FALL 2016: Graduate Assistantship positions as Acting Lecturer, Scene Shop Assistant, and Electrics Assistant available. Applicants must also apply for admission to the University’s MFA theatre degree programs with a deadline of January 15, 2016.  Very competitive salary for 9-month appointments: $17,502 (pending funds), plus graduate tuition waived.  Full-time students only.  Preference…+ More Information

UHM’s emeritus Dr. Brandon (1927-2015) Honored in Star Advertiser 10/2/15

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Celebration of Life for UHM emeritus James R. Brandon Nov. 29, 2015

          James Rodger Brandon, beloved husband, trailblazing scholar, inspiring director, mentor, teacher, translator, actor, and friend, passed away in Honolulu on Sept. 19, 2015, leaving a remarkable legacy in the world of Asian theatre studies, a discipline he pioneered and fertilized with numerous scholars and artists he so graciously and carefully…+ More Information

La’ieikawai excerpt at 2015 Po’okela Awards featured in ‘Olelo Broadcast

Stars Night Out 2015 Po’oleka Awards show is now available online at ‘Olelo Community Media’s Video-on-demand website. See the scene from La’ieikawai at 6:45. HSTC Stars Night Out 2014 -15 Po’okela Awards:

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Get your tickets for The Butterfly, Fall Footholds, Sunday in the Park with George, and more when ticket sales hit the internet, phone lines and walk-up locations: UHM Campus Center, Stan Sheriff open all day as well as Kennedy Theatre Box Office open 10am-1pm that week. MORE SHOW INFO MORE TICKET INFO BUY TICKETS NOW

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3 T+D Assistant Professors Promoted and Tenured

Congratulations to: Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker John “Mark” Branner Kara Miller CLICK HERE for full 2016 UHM Tenure & Promotion List

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GORILLA Cast Announced!

GORILLA CAST LIST NAME – CHARACTER Margot Fitzsimmons  – Hannah Aubrey Watkins  – Hannah Maseeh Ganjali  – Dad/Puppet Gorilla Nathaniel Niemi  – Dad/Puppet Gorilla Soonsup Hong  – Gorilla Joanna Mills – Gorilla Rachel Filbeck – Safari Guide Andrea Gordon – Safari Guide Michelle Huynh –  Safari Guide Shannon Iriarte – Safari Guide Traci Oya –…+ More Information

UHM Theatre (TYA) Graduate Student Margot Fitzsimmons receives National Scholarship Award

Margot Fitzsimmons receives Winifred Ward Scholarship Award From her award letter, “As the selection committee, we delight in wishing you many years filled with inspiration and creative opportunities to lead the field as you join the ranks of other Winifred Ward Scholars. The award will be announced at the AATE [American Alliance for Theatre and…+ More Information

UHM Theatre honored at Po’okela Awards: Olelo Broadcast Dates

Start planning your parties now to watch Oleloʻs Broadcast of the 2014-2015 Poʻokela Awards featuring several UHM Theatre Shows and Performers. HSTC Stars Night Out 2014-15 Po’okela Awards Broadcasts: 9/16/2015 10:30 AM OLELO53  (Wednesday) 9/20/2015 10:00 PM OLELO53 (Sunday) 9/21/2015 7:00 PM OLELO53 (Monday) 9/23/2015 10:30 AM OLELO53 (Wednesday)

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Kennedy Theatre a part of “Concrete in Paradise” Architecture

Here is a gorgeous photo essay by Architectural Photographer Darren Bradley that shares some of the background of the historic UHM Kennedy Theatre and the sibling buildings of the East-West Center.

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AUDITION NOTICE: Gorilla (a play for children)

WHEN: SEPT 5, 2015 WHERE: Kennedy Theatre Substage Classroom (back door of Kennedy Theatre, turn right then 1st door on left) TIME: 9 AM – 12 PM Please contact director Mark Branner ( for additional details or if you CANNOT make the audition. SYNOPSIS: Hannah loves gorillas, but she’s never seen a real one. It’s the night…+ More Information

UHM National Commercial Features a visit to Kennedy Theatre and cameos of 2 UHM Dancers

Over the next few years, this commercial spot will air on national television when the Rainbow Warriors and Wahine play on major television networks like CBS Sports, ESPN, etc. It will also play in local movie theaters during the previews throughout the upcoming summer and holiday blockbuster periods. It will also air locally on TV and…+ More Information

Department Awards Photos: Wed May 4

Honored guests from the Hawaii State Legislature were on hand.   Many students were honored with Theatre + Dance Department Awards in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre Wednesday, May 4th. Followed by some student-produced entertainment!

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AUDITION NOTICE – Balinese Wayang Listrik

Auditions for Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings WED SEP 16 & THU SEP 17 4:00-9:00pm UHM HENKE HALL ROOM 314 Sign Up for an audition slot on the Kennedy Theatre Production Bulletin Board inside the back doors of Kennedy Theatre. A copy of the script will be in the T+D Main Office for review by…+ More Information

MON 5/9: Free August Wilson Lecture

Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis will give a free lecture on August Wilson’s Hill District in his life and plays, titled “May All Your Fences Have Gates” on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:30pm in Kennedy Theatre Room 101 on the UHM Campus. Dr. Ellis is a scholar of American and Africana Studies and a poet, playwright…+ More Information

Grad Student Tim Callais on Hawaii Five-0 tonight!

Catch soon-to-graduate graduate student Timothy  Callais (MFA Acting May 2016) on Hawaii Five-0 tonight.

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AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Sunday in the Park with George

Audition for the Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George on Wed. Aug. 26 & Thu. Aug. 27 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The Kennedy Theatre Mainstage is at 1770 East-West Road; entrance is the stage door at the back of the theatre. Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show and bring a…+ More Information

Auditions for Antigone May 12, 2016

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UHM Theatre Garners 19 Po’okela Awards

The Hawaiʻi State Theater Council recognized UHM’s Department of Theatre and Dance with 19 Poʻokela Awards for Excellence at the 2015 “Stars Night Out” held on August 10, 2015. Kennedy Theatre’s production of Lā‘ieikawai received 10 awards, the most for any production. Below is a complete list of UHM Theatre student, designer and production honorees….+ More Information

MFA Thesis Performance this WED/THU

The thesis work of MFA candidate in Asian Directing, Sami L.A. Akuna, will be presented this week alongside a spring classwork showcase. It will take place in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre within Kennedy Theatre, UHM Campus (mauka doors). The showcase begins at 5:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday with the thesis performance starting at approximately…+ More Information

Kennedy Theatre Schedule in Star Advertiser Season Preview

Click here to view the Honolulu Pulse version of the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s 2015/2016 Theatre Season Preview article published Sunday, July 5, 2015.

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UHM Theatre Graduate Student Takes National Award in Directing

This week, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa graduate student Nathaniel Niemi was awarded the SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) Directing Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington D.C. Established in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000…+ More Information

SHAZAM! Opening Weekend Delights

Only one more weekend left to experience SHAZAM! Dance + Science at UHM’s Kennedy Theatre. Opening weekend audiences were delighted with this innovative approach to a dance-filled evening.  Tickets are still available: CLICK HERE.

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Student Theatre Workers Honored at Award Luncheon

This Thursday (April 14, 2016), at a Campus Center Ballroom Awards Event, Margot Fitzsimmons and Heather Kalehuawehe were honored for their exceptional service as student employees. Fitzsimmons was ultimately named the #1 University of Hawaii at Manoa Student Employee of the Year 2016 in her employee “step and class” and was a finalist for the overall…+ More Information

Double Feature starts Friday: SHAZAM! then FIRE HORSE

Two new productions open Friday 4/15: Mainstage Series SHAZAM! Dance + Science FRI/SAT APRIL 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. & April 24 at 2:00 p.m. Showcasing UHM undergraduate and graduate student dancers, the annual dance concert is a feast of movement, lights, sound and technology.  With choreography from UHM dance faculty as well…+ More Information


SHOW RUN: WED-SAT Mar 2, 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. and SUN Mar 6 at 2:00 p.m. Spring Footholds: STREAMS features new and innovative choreography by MFA Dance candidates Faith S. Im and Camille Monson.  Rounding out the program are exciting dances choreographed by Charlaine Katsuyoshi, Amy Bukarau, Keoni Brache and Toni Pasion and Sami…+ More Information

′AI PŌHAKU, an MFA Dance Thesis Performance

UHM Department of Theatre + Dance Primetime Season Addendum Performance ′AI PŌHAKU Resistance and Resilience to Colonization in Hawai′i an MFA Dance Thesis Performance Directed and Choreographed by Wailana Simcock MARCH 9 & 10 at 7:00pm Reception at 6:30pm Location: Hālau ′O Haumea Auditorium UHM’s Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies 2645 Dole St, Honolulu Free/Donations Accepted…+ More Information

THU FEB 25: Free Lecture-Demonstation on Japanese Noh

FREE LECTURE DEMONSTRATION on NOH Kennedy Theatre Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:00 to 1:15 pm Click Here for Poster You are invited to participate in this rare opportunity, as professional noh artists of the TERAI family of the Kanze School of noh, share their art. Doors will open at 11:45am. Open seating. TERAI Sakae (寺井栄) is a shite…+ More Information

FRI FEB 26: Free Bharatanatyam/Yoga Workshop

ANITA SHANMUGANATHAN INTERSECTION OF YOGA AND NAATYA For Poster Click Here Friday February 26, 2-3:15pm Dance Studio Free and Open to Public The dance workshop will involve a brief introduction to yoga practices in Bharatanatyam training, focus on the Siva Sutras, and research in South Asian studies. The workshop will consist of a warm-up and…+ More Information

Friday 2/19 at 7pm – Famous Dancer Celebrates 100th Bday at Kennedy Theatre

Joseph Campbell Foundation Announces “Jean Erdman: The Creative Legacy” A 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & RETROSPECTIVE OF OUR LOCAL AWARD-WINNING DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER, AND THEATRE DIRECTOR Friday, February 19th at 7:00pm in the Ernst Lab Theatre on the UHM campus, the Joseph Campbell Foundation in cooperation with the UHM Department of Theatre + Dance celebrates the distinguished career…+ More Information

UHM Competitors Move up the Ranks at KCACTF!

Breaking News – UHM’s Timothy Callais and Johnny Reed  are moving forward to the semi-final round of the Irene Ryans, on Saturday at 12:30 on the MainStage! There’s more – Nathaniel Neimi’s directing scene advanced to second presentation on Sunday at 1 pm in Mamiya at Chaminade! Go team UH!

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2015/2016 Mainstage Season

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE OCTOBER 23 – OCTOBER 31, 2015 SONDHEIM’S BROADWAY SMASH HIT This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical distills past and present into enchanting, poignant truths about art, love and life.  Inspired by George Seurat’s world-famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, this play breathes life into the…+ More Information

KCACTF is Underway at UHM Kennedy Theatre

1,100 college students from Region VIII college and university theatre programs  and their advisors arrived at UHM and Chaminade this week for the American Theatre College Festival.  This is Hawaii’s first time hosting this prestigious event featuring displays, presentations, workshops and performances from some of the most promising emerging talents in the field.

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Interview on Hawaii Public Radio: Kirstin Pauka talks about Wayang Listrik on “The Conversation”

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Health Cast, a groundbreaking partnership

See an amazing article and PSA video about this innovative partnership between T&D and the Department of Nursing.  Click here for News, University of Hawaii Also, a lovely article in Ka Leo. Want to get involved?  If interested, contact:

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FRI/SAT Jan 22, 23, 29, 30 at 11:00 p.m. Directed by Michael Donato The premise: The Late Night Theatre Company purchased a space for a theatre that they didn’t know what to do with. Enter the Strange Friends: an improv troupe that loves to take their inspiration from movie genres. The audience is invited on a journey to not only…+ More Information

Kennedy Theatre gets mention in the Moscow Times

The department’s 2012 production “Uncle Vanya and Zombies” was a trendsetter, and continues to attract positive attention as noted in this week’s Moscow Times article. Read the full article here

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View the trailer: Battle of the Monkey Kings

Click here for a two-minute trailer and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of UHM Theatre + Dance’s upcoming production, Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings. Show Info

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Double Improv Rainbows Take 2nd Place in Tournament

The Double Improv Rainbows is UHM’s first long-form improv team; the team was founded in spring 2014 by Timothy Callais, MFA Acting candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Rooted in a free-flowing, Chicago-style of improvisation, the team recently made history for the state of Hawai’i by competing in the College Improv Tournament in San Francisco,…+ More Information

American College Theatre Festival 2016

Information and Festival Registration: What: The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 8 Presented By: UHM Department of Theatre + Dance and Chaminade University Where: UHM Campus and Chaminade University Campus When: February 11-14, 2016 More: The UHM Dept. of Theatre + Dance and Chaminade University are proud to host this year’s Region 8 Kennedy…+ More Information

T&D attends USITT conference

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Stacy Ray joins UH Faculty in Theatre and Dance Department

We are pleased to announce that Stacy Ray will join our faculty in August 2015, as an Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing. Stacy is an actor, director, and teacher of theatre, film, and television. She studied at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and received her MFA…+ More Information

Theatre and Dance invited to Regional Theatre Festival

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is proud to announce that it has been invited to present a scene from its 2013-14 jingju (Beijing/Peking “opera”) production, Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals, at the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) Region VIII Festival in St. George, Utah, in…+ More Information

Lori Chun begins new position

As of January 21st Lori Chun has moved into her new position as the Departmental Secretary for Theatre & Dance (Secretary 2).  Please give your encouragement and support as she takes on these new duties. A search is currently underway to fill Lori’s previous position (Secretary 1).

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Health Cast: a unique collaboration between Theatre and Nursing students

HealthCAST is a new collaboration between the Department of Theatre & Dance and the School of Nursing that casts and trains actors to portray patients suffering from a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. Actors work alongside a dedicated director and subject matter experts to make sure they are portraying the patient—and their symptoms—accurately and…+ More Information

Faculty Costume Designer Cheri Vasek curates exhibition on Bollywood & Beyond: Costume in Indian Film

Assistant Professor Cheri Vasek has been fascinated with India and has spent two summers in India studying Indian costume design and technique. She brings her interest and study of Bollywood films to an exhibition at the East-West Center’s Art Gallery, serving as co-curator, along with Michael Schuster. This exhibition focuses on film costume—its superb design…+ More Information

UHM Theatre Alum Receives Tony Award

Peter Lawrence, who received his MFA from the University of Hawaii in 1969, was honored at the 2013 Tony Awards with a Tony for Excellence in Theatre for his 30 year career in theatre. Lawrence has worked as production stage manager for over 20 Broadway shows including the current revival of Annie. Lawrence served as…+ More Information

UH Alums make a big splash at Manoa Valley Theatre’s “Toxic Avenger”

UH Alumni contributed to all facets of the recent production of Toxic Avenger at Manoa Valley Theatre in Honolulu. Hannah Schauer Galli, who served as Guest Director, received her MFA in Directing. Michelle Boudreau, starring as Sara, has her BA in Theatre. Jenn Thomas, who did an amazing turn as Mayo Babs Belgoody and Ma…+ More Information

Theatre students participate in ACTF Region VII festival in Los Angeles.

Theatre students from the UHM Department of Theatre and Dance are attending the Region VII American College Theatre Festival in Los Angeles Feb 12–15. Three students were invited to particulate in the Irene Ryan Acting competition based on their performances at Kennedy Theatre. They are: Leah Koeppel (Thread Hell) and partner Kyle Scholl Karissa Myers…+ More Information

UH Contingent attending 2014 USITT Conference in Fort Worth

Several members of the faculty and staff as well as a group of nine students are headed to Fort Worth to participate in this year’s USITT conference. Faculty Members Brian Shevelenko and Cheri Vasek and Staff Members Rick Greaver and Hannah Schauer will be making presentations and will be available in the University of Hawaii…+ More Information

TYA Grad student awarded prestigious Doyle Fellowship

Recent graduate Yasu Ishida, who received his MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences in May 2014, has been  selected as the winner of the American Alliance for Theatre Education’s Doyle Fellowship. This is one of the most prestigious awards given to graduate students in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. Yasu submitted an extensive portfolio of videos, photos, reviews,…+ More Information

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