The 2020-2021 season for the CalArts School of Theater and CalArts Center for New Performance focuses on the development of new and existing work, as well as discourse with several prominent faculty, guest artists, and alumnx. 

The current physical distancing has provided us with an opportunity to move assertively to an ensemble model of project creation. This has been a staple of experimental practice throughout the world – and crucial as a gesture of de-institutionalization of performance practice. Though always an important facet of the CalArts experience, the current environment invites us to embrace the creative potential of ensemble work in a more expansive and profound way. 
Working across disciplines and cultural boundaries, these ensembles will allow for an expanded range of projects and voices, while enfranchising students to step beyond the traditional bounds of their given métier – highlighting our dedication to experimental practice, lateral production strategies, and cross-cultural engagement. 
The School of Theater Festival, featuring several of our season projects, runs May 4-14, 2021.

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MFA Directed Projects

By Boni Alvarez
Directed by Charles Yee (MFA3)
December 2 - 10, 2021 

The Fig and the Wasp
By Samantha Behr
Directed by Josh Sobel (MFA3)
December 2 - 10, 2021 

The Water Station (Mizu no Eki)
By Ōta Shōgo
Translated by Mari Boyd
Directed by Héctor Alvarez (MFA2)
February 17 - 24, 2022


Performance Series: When Five Years Pass
By Federico García Lorca
Translated by Gywnne Edwards
Directed by Kalean Ung
Opening: November 4 - 6, 2021
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Performance Series: The Bacchae
By Euripides

Directed by Anthony Nikolchev
December 9 - 11, 2021
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Performance Series: Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Damian D. Lewis
First Rehearsal: February 7 
Opening: March 17 
Closing: March 19 
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Workshop: Scene with Cranes
by Octavio Solis
Directed by Chi-wang Yang
October 1 - 21, 2021
March 7 - 21, 2022
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Workshop: The Carolyn Bryant Project
Created by Nataki Garrett and Andrea LeBlanc
Directed by Nataki Garrett
October 14 - 22, 2021
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Workshop: Sisters Etta and Ella (excerpt from a narrative)
by Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Monty Cole
March 21 - April 30, 2022 
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Herb Alpert Award in the Arts Winners: 
Kimber Lee and Kaneza Schaal 
Residencies Spring 2022