Outreach and Partnerships
MTSU Theatre is committed to developing ongoing and dynamic relationships with individuals and organizations to enrich the educational experience for our students and to enhance the lives of the children and adults in our community. Below are a few of our recent activities and partnerships.
Tennessee Repertory Theatre
MTSU has a partnership with Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville to provide MTSU students with internship opportunities on an ongoing basis. Students may elect to participate in internships in all areas of production and administration - including scenic, costumes, stage management, lighting, marketing, and general management. In addition, limited opportunities are available for students in performance and as directing assistants. To learn more about TRT, visit their site at www.tennesseerep.org.
Tennessee Shakespeare Festival
MTSU is a founding partner in the newly formed Tennessee Shakespeare Festival, which had its inaugural performances in July 2008 in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. The partnership consists of MTSU, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the Town of Bell Buckle, and host Webb School. MTSU students may participate in all facets of production, performance, administration, and educational programming for youth. To learn more about TSF, visit their site at http://tennesseeshakespearefestival.com.
Murfreesboro City & Rutherford County Schools
Faculty and students from MTSU Theatre are involved regularly in school and after-school programs in the local school systems. From matinee presentations by our Theatre for Youth to workshops and co-curricular immersion programs that are taken to local campuses, MTSU Theatre is committed to bringing the arts to the lives of our community's youth.
In 2005-2006, Theatre faculty and students led a coalition of academic units from MTSU in a project that took students for research, creative activity, and humanitarian service in La Cane, Honduras. The project explored the needs in the poverty-stricken, third-world country and developed plans for addressing those needs in later phases. Theatre students and faculty developed a youth theatre performance, Mayor Moon and the Storytelling Festival, and a workshop series to play locally and in Honduras. While in Honduras, the students participated in service projects designed to enhance the village's soup kitchen and school. Theatre's primary role was as communication facilitator and as project labor. Other academic units in the initial project included Social Work, Art, and Agriscience.