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     
"A Perfect Ganesh", Spring 2014

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, The Dining Room, The Heidi Chronicles, Boeing, Boeing, Kimberly Akimbo, When the Rain Stops Falling, Ruined, Clybourne Park, Blue Window, Mauritius, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, The Odd Couple (Female Version), and Private Fears in Public Places.

During the existence of the College of Arts and Communication annual Cross-Cultural Arts Festival a few years ago, our March production contributed to that celebration. Some of those plays included Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, A Thousand Cranes by Kathryn Schultz Miller, and A Perfect Ganesh by Terrence McNally, in tribute to South Asia.

                     "When the Rain Stops Falling", Fall 2014                       

      "Clybourne Park", Spring 2015


Our Collegiate Comedy Competition is currently on hold, but please enjoy some archival materials seen here.

"Ruined", Fall 2014  


 "The Dining Room Table" Spring 2014


In October 2016, University Theatre will present The Language Archive by Julia Cho, a play about a linguistics scholar and his relationships, demonstrating both the limits and the power of language to communicate love. In November we will present Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz, a poetic story of workers in a Cuban-American cigar factory in 1929 Florida as passions erupt, inflaming love and the pursuit of the American Dream. 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