University Theatre


Under the auspices of the Theatre & Comedy faculty of the Communication Department, University Theatre at William Paterson University presents a varied and ongoing selection of plays, musicals, and live comedy. The program offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to participate in and observe the joys of theatre and comedy, and to integrate these art forms into their academic and life experience.

"A Thousand Cranes", Spring 2012     
      2007 Comedy Festival
Comedy Festival Contestants, Spring 2011

Since 2005 the program has presented Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and other works from some of the most prolific playwrights and musical theatre teams of the past and present. The list includes Proof, Metamorphoses, Art, The Shape of Things, Rabbit Hole, The Baltimore Waltz, The Clean House, Almost Maine, Defying Gravity, What I Did Last Summer, Talking With, Roosters, Quilters, The Rimers of Eldritch, A…My Name is Alice, And the World Goes ‘Round, Antigone, A Thurber Carnival, Topdog-Underdog, Joined at the Head, Reckless, Speaking in Tongues, Tartuffe, Tartuffe, The Dining Room, The Heidi Chronicles, Boeing, Boeing, and Kimberly Akimbo.

For the past few years, our March production has contributed to the College of Arts and Communication Cross-Cultural Arts Festival, which celebrates diverse cultures in a variety of events throughout campus. Some of those plays have included Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, A Thousand Cranes by Kathryn Schultz Miller, and this past spring, A Perfect Ganesh by Terrence McNally, in tribute to South Asia.

WPU Theatre Production of the play "Clean House"                           "Poof", Spring 2010                        

WPU Theatre Production of the play "Gravity"
"Crumbs from the Table of Joy", Spring 2011

Our Collegiate Stand-up Comedy Competition, begun in 2006, is currently on hold, but our stand-ups from the first and second level classes still perform their final exams at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC!” 

"A Thurber Carnival", Spring 2011  
"Tartuffe", Fall 2012

In the fall 2014, University Theatre will present Andrew Bovell’s tapestry of generations and themes, When the Rain Stops Falling, and Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, a haunting story of human survival in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We will end our semester with our popular student one-act play readings, acting scenes, and comedy shows. So join us in the learning and laughter!

"The Heidi Chronicles", Fall 2013  

The University Theatre program is built on a foundation of inclusiveness and seeks to serve and involve the entire William Paterson campus and neighboring communities. We encourage all contributions from those with any related skills who wish to join our dynamic theatre & comedy program, and experience the thrill and satisfaction of live performance at its best.

For further information, contact Professor Elizabeth Stroppel at