Department of Theatre

Production History

2015-2016 Season. 

Beauty Queen of Leenane

 The Beauty Queen of Leenane - The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre presented this dark comedy by Martin McDonagh, directed by Thomas Power, at the Studio Theatre at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Avenue in Portland in September.




Our Town

Our Town - Back on the Main Stage at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham campus, the second show of the season was, “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, guest directed by Andrew Harris in November.




Reefer Madness, based on a book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney. Directed by Cary Libkin.
Musical direction by Ed Reichert, and choreography by Vanessa Beyland.  

Reefer Madness




Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfThe 1962 American classic by Edward Albee captured Professor Steele’s attention in 1964 in a bookstore in York, Maine, and changed his life forever. The USM Department of Theatre presented this emotionally charged classic on the Main Stage at Russell, as Professor Steele's final production of his 49 years teaching at USM. Congratulations to Bill Steele on his retirement!




Tom Powers

Tom Powers - 50 years of teaching at USM

Professor Tom Power's final Directing class of his illustrious 50-year teaching career at the USM Department of Theatre! Happy Retirement, Tom, as you literally sail off into the Sunset. We all wish you a heartfelt "fair winds and following seas"!


December 12, 2015

USM Theatre professor Andrew Harris with Theatre students Ben Davis, Brittany Burke and Molana Oei gave two festive performances of Victorian Christmas tales at the Victoria Mansion in Portland on Saturday, December 12th! What a beautiful holiday venue! — with Ben DavisBrittany Burke,Molana Oei and Andrew Harris.

Andrew Harris and students at Victoria Mansion



2014-2015 season

The Well of Horniness, by Holly Hughes. Directed by Meghan Brodie.

Well of Horniness


Bus Stop by William Inge, directed by Thomas Power.

Bus Stop


Dance USM!, directed by Maria A. Tzianabos, featured faculty and student choreography.

Dance USM!


The School of Music and Department of Theatre co-produced Catch Me If You Can, the Musical, directed by Wil Kilroy with musical direction by Edward Reichert and choreography by Vanessa Beyland.

Catch Me If You Can


An Evening with Christopher Durang, directed by William Steele, opened with For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls.

For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls


The second half of An Evening with Christopher Durang, directed by William Steele, featured Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You.

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You


As You Like It, directed by Assunta Kent, was Maine's first American Sign Language shadow-signed production.

As You Like It