MTA Performance Procedures
MTA Studio Productions
MTA Studio Productions (aka Blackboxes) are one-act plays produced, directed, designed, and run by the students. These shows are under an hour in length and are staged in the Studio Theatre. The productions are funded through the Muhlenberg Student Government Association. The number of Studio Productions varies with each semester.
Red Door Play Festival
Plays that are part of the Red Door Play Festival are theatre opportunities that are also fully student-run. These one-act plays also run no more than an hour in length, and have minimal physical production. These plays are staged in the Red Door (Seegers Union).
New performance ensembles must be approved by the MTA Board as well as the MTA Faculty advisor. Performance ensembles consist of any work rehearsed and performed in an improvisational, cabaret, or workshop-type format. Performance ensembles may rehearse no more than 3 hours per week (except for on weeks of performances) and may not be fully scripted plays or musicals. Therefore, participation in a Performance Ensemble does not fall under the "2 rule.”
Mainstage Productions are produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance, separate from the MTA. These full-scale productions are staged in the Baker Theatre, the Empie Theatre, or the Studio Theatre and provide additional co-curricular opportunities for students. There are three Mainstage Productions per semester. Mainstage Productions are frequently directed and designed by the faculty and guest artists, but sometimes Theatre Majors approved by the faculty are also eligible to direct or design a Mainstage.
THE HAPPY JOURNEY TO TRENTON AND CAMDEN
Directed by Allie McLouglin
Muhlenberg's musical improv group
TRIAL BY JURY
by Gilbert & Sullivan
directed by Michaela Barczak '19
Musical Director: Fiona Gillespie
Photos by Ken Ek