UMKC Announces 18/19 Undergrad, Graduate and Co-Production Season UMKC Announces 18/19 Undergrad, Graduate and Co-Production Season
UMKC Announces 18/19 Undergrad, Graduate and Co-Production Season UMKC Announces 18/19 Undergrad, Graduate and Co-Production Season

Pictured: UMKC’s 2017 production of THE WAY OF THE WORLD. Photo by Manon Halliburton.

UMKC Theatre, recently named the #17 best graduate acting program in the English-speaking world by The Hollywood Reporter, has announced the undergraduate, graduate and co-productions that will make up its 18/19 season.

The season opens in October with an undergraduate production of “Women” by Chiara Atik, directed by Nicole Marie Green. Scott Stackhouse will direct “The Tempest” in an undergraduate production in March, followed by a graduate production of “The Game of Love and Chance” by Pierre De Marivaux, directed by Theodore Swetz. Five co-productions will be presented throughout the season: “Dracula,” adapted by Mitch Brian and directed by John Rensenhouse with Kansas City Actors Theatre; “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck, directed by Jason Chanos with Kansas City Repertory Theatre; “The Wolves” by Sarah De Lappe, directed by Heidi Van with the Unicorn Theatre; “Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise” by Wendy Lement, directed by Jeff Church with the Coterie Theatre; and a TBA new work as part of the OriginsKC New Play Festival in May.

“We are thrilled to offer our students and audiences this astounding lineup of plays,” comments Carla Noack, UMKC Theatre Chair. “And we are grateful to our professional co-producers and partners — Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Kansas City Actors Theatre, The New Theatre & Restaurant, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, The Fishtank, among others — who exponentially enrich and distinguish UMKC Theatre’s graduate and undergraduate training programs, contributing to a vibrant Kansas City theatre ecosystem. Imagine the synergy as we look to join forces with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance over the coming year! There is much to look forward to.”

UMKC Theatre 18/19 Season (from the press release)

Undergraduate Productions:

By Chiara Atik
Directed by Nicole Marie Green
October 5th – 14 at Grant Hall Theatre
5200 Charlotte Street, KCMO 64110

Jo March really thinks she could be the voice of her generation. But being a “little woman” in 1800s New England is just so hard, you know? Women is a hilarious, and entertaining mash-up of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women in the style HBO’s Girls. A contemporary spin on a timeless classic, you’ll never look at these “little women” the same way again.

“The Tempest”
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Scott Stackhouse
March 8 – 17 at Studio 116, Olson PAC
4949 Cherry Street, KCMO 64110

A raging storm crashes a ship on a remote island in the sea, igniting a revenge plot twelve years in the making. Sorcery and spirits abound in this epic tale of romance and betrayal. Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage, “The Tempest” explores the path through darkness and isolation to the freedom of forgiveness.

Playwright Project
Playwrights and directors TBA
April 11- 15
Grant Hall 105
5200 Charlotte Street, KCMO 64110

Graduate Productions:

“The Game of Love and Chance”
By Pierre De Marivaux
Directed by Theodore Swetz
April 26 – May 5 at Studio 116, Olson PAC
4949 Cherry Street, KCMO 64110

Unrequited love, mistaken Identities and the uncontrollable power of love make up the heart of this hysterical romantic comedy. This play will tickle your funny bone as it challenges your heart and mind.

New Work TBA
As part of OriginKC: New Works Festival
Co-produced with Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Director TBA
May 3 – 12 at Spencer Theater, Olson PAC
4949 Cherry Street, KCMO 64110


Co-produced with Kansas City Actors Theatre
Adapted by Mitch Brian and directed by John Rensenhouse
Oct. 12 – Oct. 21 at Spencer Theater, Olson PAC
4949 Cherry Street, KCMO 64110

Sensuous. Seductive. Sinister. Kansas City Actors Theatre presents its first-ever original production in this fresh adaptation, commissioned by Kansas City Actors Theatre, of Bram Stoker’s gothic classic, “Dracula.” Produced in partnership with UMKC Theatre, this classic tale of obsession and desire arrives just in time for the Halloween season. Directed by John Rensenhouse after his record-breaking KCAT production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” last season, “Dracula” promises wickedly delicious fun, thrills, theatrical magic and intense performances.

“Of Mice and Men”
Co-produced with Kansas City Repertory Theatre
By John Steinbeck
Directed by Jason Chanos
Oct. 18 – Nov. 11 at Copaken Stage
1 H&R Block Way, KCMO 64105

A pair of migrant workers in Depression-era California move from town to town in search of work, and dream of buying land and owning a ranch someday. Straight-shooter George protects Lennie, whose sweet, simple-mindedness is juxtaposed by his formidable strength. When the two find work on Curly’s ranch, a series of tragic events lead to one of the most heartbreaking conclusions in American literature. John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life.

“The Wolves”
Co-produced with Unicorn Theatre
By Sarah De Lappe
Directed by Heidi Van
Nov. 28 – Dec. 30 at Unicorn Theatre
3828 Main Street, KCMO 64112

Left Quad. Right Quad. Lunge. A fierce girl’s soccer team warms up for games and practice. From the safety of their indoor soccer field, the team kicks around everything from balls to politics. Each one struggles to hang on to her individuality while remaining a part of the group. Take a first-hand look at nine young women exploring who they are and who they want to become in a complicated world.

“Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise”
Co-produced with the Coterie Theatre
By Wendy Lement
Directed by Jeff Church
Jan. 22 – Feb. 10 at Coterie Theatre
Crown Center, 2450 Grand Ave. KCMO 64108

True accounts of four women who, for different reasons, served as men in the Civil War. Woven into this unique and interactive play: early suffrage movement as well as the formation of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (the first African American regiment in U.S. history) and Harriet Tubman.

Single ticket adult prices are $20 for any performance. All UMKC faculty and staff tickets are $13 and UMKC student tickets are $10 for any performance (limit one per ID). Senior (60+) ticket prices are $15. Groups of 10 or more are $13 each. For tickets, call the Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-6222 or visit

Ticket sales for the co-productions are available through Kansas City Actors Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre and Coterie Theatre box offices. Ticket sales for Dracula with Kansas City Actors Theatre are available through Central Ticket Office.

Abigail Trabue Managing Editor

Abigail is the managing editor of both PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City. She is also the founder of the RV Miles Network and travels full-time with her husband and kids producing three weekly podcasts and a travel blog - Abigail holds a degree in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago and has worked as an actor/director for 15 years. She is married to PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson and has three amazing boys. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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