The Theatre Ensemble is offered each semester and provides students with an opportunity to participate as actors or stage crew in COLA theatre workshops, stage readings and full productions.  The focus of the Theatre Ensemble varies from semester to semester with opportunities to create and perform in a wide range of theatre genres and styles, including comedies, dramas, musicals, and classics.  

No experience is required to register for the Theatre Ensemble, but students who wish to participate as actors need to audition.


Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.  Requirements for auditions will vary from production to production, however, students are encouraged to prepare two monologues if possible.  For more information, contact David Munnell at dgmgsh@rit.edu.

Works Performed Recently

Here is a list of plays that have been performed by the Theatre Ensemble over the past several years:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Tribes
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • How I Learned to Drive
  • The Marriage of Bette and Boo
  • Jean de France
  • Urinetown


Students can register for this 1 credit course.


Rehearsals schedules vary from semester to semester based upon the needs of the production.  Actors can expect to attend between 2 and 3 rehearsals a week for a period of about 7 to 8 weeks leading up to production.  Back stage crew are required to complete 40 hours of production work and must attend a two-hour shop safety training session at the Panara Theatre