University Theater

University Theater

Under the direction of the Drama Department, the University Theater is an extracurricular organization that presents a series of major productions annually. While each production's acting company and technical crew is composed of students from every university program, those pursuing the course of study in drama have found that this opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into exciting and challenging practice is essential to their growth in this field. The goal of the University Theater is to provide the University community with a repertoire of productions representing the most stimulating artists, forms, and visions from the world of drama.

OnStage Magazine

OnStage is a new publication from the Drama Department, a way for you, our audience, to engage more deeply with our productions. OnStage will be published once a semester and you can look forward to coverage which highlights our plays in performance with a focus on our major production each semester. OnStage offers a rich opportunity to enlarge and expand the ways in which we can interact with each other centered on the dynamic productions on our stages.

Margaret Jonsson Theater

The Margaret Jonsson Theater, opened in the fall of 1972, was a gift to UD from the late Erik Jonsson, former Mayor of  Dallas and spearhead of the DFW airport project. Converted from a structure originally designed to be a chapel, the theater, named for Jonsson's wife, led a trend in the seventies to build campus theaters in found space. Featured in the April, 1973, issue of Planning for Higher Education, the MJT design, by Dallas architect Duane Landry, was praised for its thrust stage, surrounded by its 80-seats sharply stepped to provide optimum sight lines. Here the actor/audience relationship is direct and intimate; the playing space combines the best attributes of the Greek amphitheater and the Elizabethan thrust---a perfect place to perform a classical repertory. See Seasons for a full listing of upcoming University Theater productions.

 


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News

UD in the Community: Gospel of Life Dwellings Affirm Lives

Although she can no longer see, Tia does her best, like the mother she still is, to ensure the comfort of those around her from her perch on the edge of her bed. She is one of three elderly residents of St. Adelaide in Grand Prairie, one of Gospel of Life Dwellings' two locations. First conceived by Joe Flaherty, M.D., BA '86, a geriatrician, the idea for these homes was embraced and implemented -- and is continuously sustained -- by numerous UD alumni.

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New Crusader Baseball Clubhouse Completed

Positioned off Crusader Drive, behind the batting cages and the centerfield wall of the baseball field, the university's newly constructed baseball clubhouse opened the first week in May, the last week of the season for the UD baseball team. This milestone marked the end of a years-long endeavor supported by the university's Baseball Booster Club to upgrade the team's existing locker room and practice facilities.

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