Theatre group rehearses Gianni Schicchi on stage.

Department of Theatre News

The Department of Theatre in the College of Fine Arts offers programs in performance, production and technology taught by experienced faculty, while taking advantage of the entertainment richness of Las Vegas.

Current Theatre News

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Campus News | May 23, 2023

A featured role on Amazon Prime show gives Chiara Cala a platform to raise awareness about student mental health resources.

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Arts and Culture | April 26, 2023

Valerie Rachelle shares her thoughts on the main character's journey through pain and loss, as well as how the story's themes remain relevant to today's political climate.

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Arts and Culture | April 10, 2023

This award-winning musical presents the story of Violet, disfigured as a child, who searches for salvation.


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Arts and Culture | March 2, 2023

The winner receives $5,000 and is invited to UNLV during the fall 2023 semester to work with College of Fine Arts students, and to an event celebrating the award.

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Arts and Culture | February 28, 2023

Based on the novella by Henry James, this operatic version tells the story of an inexperienced governess who believes something evil is stalking two young children left in her care.


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Arts and Culture | February 17, 2023

The play, she says, showcases the core of why people play D&D — to find fun, adventure, and a sense of family.

Theatre In The News

Nevada Independent
August 1, 2022

The first debate between the Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, is set for Oct. 18. The second, between Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, and her Republican opponent, former attorney general Adam Laxalt, is scheduled for Oct. 20. Both are set to take place at UNLV’s Judy Bayley Theater and will be aired statewide by KLAS and Univision

Elko Daily Free Press
July 4, 2022

The Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization introduces the newly crowned Miss Nevada, Heather Renner, and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen, Megan Dwyer.

Reno Gazette-Journal
July 4, 2022

Heather Renner of Reno was crowned Miss Nevada last weekend and will go on to compete at the Miss America competition later this year in Connecticut.

KRNV News 4
July 3, 2022

On Friday, July 1, 22-year-old Heather Renner was crowned the 72nd Miss Nevada. She was born and raised in Reno and is currently studying at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas majoring in theater and double minoring in political science and vocal performance.

July 1, 2022

She says she will use the roughly $30,000 in scholarship money she earned with her Miss Nevada title to pay for her education at UNLV where she is majoring in theater.

Broadway World
April 13, 2022

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers the College of Fine Arts, one of the largest fine arts colleges in the nation.

Recent Theatre Accomplishments

April 6, 2023
Stefano Boselli (Theatre) published a research article titled, “And May the Best… Thing Win!’: Posthuman Actor-Networks in RuPaul’s Drag Race,” in the journal Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture. Over the past 14 years, the highly successful reality TV competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race has popularized drag as the male performance of…
February 28, 2023
MFA Lighting Design candidate and graduate research assistant Jordan Z. Hall (Theatre) was recently awarded the Mabel P. Robinson Artist Award by the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). The award was offered through a partnership with NC Black Rep and the Black Theatre Network. Winners attend the 2022 National Black…
October 27, 2022
Tradition-Innovations in Art, Design, and Media Education Panel Kimberly G. James (Music), Kymberly Mellen (Theatre), Phillip Zawarus (Architecture), Olga Townsend (UNLV Art Alumna), Adam Paul (Film), Julian Kilker (JMS), Timothy Jones (Music), Morgan Iommi (NSC), Alethea Inns (OIT), and Yvonne Houy (College of Fine Arts) presented on "tradition…
October 26, 2022
Trauma-Informed Performing Arts Education Workshop Kymberly Mellen (Theatre), Alethea Inns (OIT), Morgan Iommi (NSC), Olga Townsend (UNLV Art Alumna), and Yvonne Houy (College of Fine Arts) facilitated the most requested workshop for the 2022 Art Schools Network national conference. Trauma — an emotional response to disturbing events — literally…
October 10, 2022
UNLV College of Fine Arts Dean Nancy J. Uscher has begun her term as president of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). ICFAD is a vehicle through which members share information and ideas that enhance the leadership of deans and associate deans, provosts and associate provosts, university presidents and other arts executives in…
July 6, 2022
Jenn Chandler (Theatre) has been cast in the ensemble of the world premiere of Mr. Holland’s Opus: The New Musical, at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse. Written and directed by the Tony award-winning BD Wong (Jurassic Park, Father of the Bride, Mulan), with music by Tony-nominated Wayne Barker (Peter and the Starcatcher), it will be performed Aug. 12 -…