2020 - 2021 Season

The Relevant Creativity Series is the UK Department of Theatre & Dance's response to being Artists in this unprecedented time when theatres and performance venues are shuttered due to COVID-19. These wildly creative projects offer a substitute to a traditional season. It gives our students an outlet for their voices to be heard and talents to be seen outside of the classroom. Working within the constraints of COVID mitigation protocols, the art, craft, and discipline of Theatre and Dance are still happening in our Department.

Better Maybe

Better Maybe, by Caridad Svich, will be presented as a video recording and part of the Play at Home Initiative, created by a group of regional theatres who have generated "a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all." 

Pasek and Paul

Our Musical Theatre Certificate students present an evening of songs from Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, best known for their work on Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman.

Once Vacant: Bodies in motion...still

Once Vacant: Bodies in motion...still

Bodies in Motion dancer jumpingOrange Lot located at Kroger Field, 1540 University Drive
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Rain date of October 18, 2020
Performances: 2pm, 8pm, 9:30pm

All patrons will enter the lot from University Drive and exit onto Alumni Drive.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before performance start time to be ushered to your parking space.

*proceeds go to the Big Blue Pantry

The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance presents Once Vacant: Bodies in motionstill. The dancers will perform in the Orange parking lot on UK's campus, while the audience will maintain social distance surrounding the performers in their cars. The practice of occupying vacant spaces is a tool that many dancers and dance companies are accessing globally to continue to create, perform, and advance the field of dance during the pandemic. As dancers and choreographers, we continue to seek motion as a means of enlivening a world that has become motionless. Once Vacant reimagines a public space while illuminating the vital role that dance can play in advancing political, social and cultural discussions. Choreographers Susie Thiel, Stephanie Harris and Theresa Bautista's dance works center around the questions, what does the body mean in spaces and places and how can entropy lead to liberation?

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(in)VISIBLE 3.12

(in)VISIBLE 3.12 is the first in a series of installations by assistant professor Yoon Bae that mark 200 days since live theatre ended across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The installation was filmed in early October and will be available online. 

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Distance Dreaming

Distant Dreaming

An adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, recorded and available online in spring semester 2021.


November 20 - 22, 2020, On Demand Online

This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play "Everyman" follows "Everybody" as they journey through life's greatest mystery - the meaning of living." -Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

This is a Free On Demand recording of UK Department of Theatre & Dance's production of "Everybody".

Company Members are:

Matt Morse
Jules Clarke
Moniece Mosley
Milo Hahn
Zoe Womack
Jacob Ernst
Ceana Carey
Emily Spencer
Cory Evans
Martha McHaney
Madeline Bavely
Annie Sheehy
KJ Wilkerson
Jace White
Heather Brown
Jedd Greenhalgh
Benjamin Bossert
Nathaniel Riddle
Peter Stone

Viewing online will begin at midnight on Friday, November 20, and will run through Sunday, November 22, at 11:59 pm. During this date range you can view the performance anytime by clicking on this link: https://www.showtix4u.com/events/18649. Once clicked, you will have 48 hours to view.