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Theatre at ODU

The Theatre Program at Old Dominion is designed to develop unrecognized talent in our students. We believe that the true potential of any artist, technician, or scholar only emerges where they enjoy three foundations to creative growth.

  • Students must be stretched to their creative limits within a setting of complete trust and support.
  • Faculty members must deserve the respect of their students, both as artists and as individuals.
  • Both students and faculty members must together push themselves and enjoy themselves.

Our focus on these foundations sets Theatre at ODU apart from many programs nationally. We are not the right fit for all students, and do not try to be. Our Program is made up of a friendly, wildly diverse group of approximately one hundred individuals. We don't copy the institutionalized formats of larger programs but, instead, adapt to the shifting needs of our current students.


Happily, through the unique expertise of our faculty and guest artists, we provide the rigorous training and career connections necessary to compete professionally. We are proud of that accomplishment and our alumni have strong track records on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional stages. More importantly, we provide our students the means to discover their authentic talents within a time-honored art form. Regardless of background or career choice, that discovery lasts a lifetime.

ODU Rep

ODURep is the production arm of the Old Dominion University Theatre Program. The goal of ODURep is to give a voice to student and professional artists as we create theatre together for the Hampton Roads community.

2021 - 2022 Season

The Bacchae

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 3, 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 5 - 9, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Deborah Wallace
Produced by ODURep with generous support of the Hellenic Studies Endowment

Goode Theatre, 4601 Monarch Way
Free Parking: Constant Center Garage, 1060 W 45th St.

With The Bacchae, Euripides enacts the horrifying struggles facing Theban women as they seek agency in a patriarchal world. Made newly theatrical in Deborah Wallace's imaginative staging, this mythic tale remains as painfully relevant today as when it first shook the ancient world.


Intimate Apparel

Nov. 10 - 13 and 18 - 20, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 21,
2:00 p.m.

Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Brittney S. Harris
Produced by ODURep

Goode Theatre, 4601 Monarch Way
Free Parking: Constant Center Garage, 1060 W 45th St

Esther, an African-American seamstress in 1905 New York, is a practical woman with quiet dreams. She hopes for lovely things— fine fabric, beautiful words, a loving touch, while supporting herself making exquisite negligees and corsets for women across the social strata.

When a distant suitor reaches out through poignant and sensitive letters, her life changes. Through friendship, betrayal, and hope, she stitches a new life, a crazy quilt homely to look at but warming to the soul.

Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel is a 'delicate tapestry woven from hope, longing and a wistful acknowledgment of disappointments reckoned with and limitations faced.'

- San Diego Union-Tribune

Taking Measure

Tough Questions for the Me Too Era

Feb 17-19 @ 7:30pm, Feb 23-26 @ 7:30pm, and Feb 27 @ 2:00pm.

Written and directed by Chris Hanna

Produced by ODURep

Goode Theatre, 4601 Monarch Way

Free Parking: 3rd floor and above, Constant Center/45th St Garage, 1060 W. 45th St

In Taking Measure, writer/director Chris Hanna uses Shakespeare's troubling play, Measure for Measure, as a path to explore complexities of today's Me Too movement. Five hundred years after Shakespeare wrote his drama of male entitlement and misconduct, a female student navigates similar dynamics at her own university. When her relationship with her popular English professor turns sexual, she must ask whether Shakespeare belongs in today's classroom at all. Both controversial and compelling, Taking Measure is a 500-year journey, written for today.


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

March 25, 7:30 p.m.
March 26,
7:30 p.m. (FREE FOR ODU STUDENTS)
March 27,
2:00 p.m.
March 31 - April 2,
7:30 p.m.
April 3,
2:00 p.m.

Directed by Katherine Hammond, Music Direction by Brian Nedvin, Conducted by Paul Sanho Kim

Produced by ODURep and ODU Opera.

University Theatre, 4608 Hampton Blvd.

Free parking: 3rd floor and above, Constant Center/45th St Garage, 1060 W. 45th St.

Bringing a fresh take on the classic tale of a young woman transformed into a princess, this hilarious and romantic adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella combines stepsisters, glass slippers, and a beautiful ball -with some surprising twists. Modern and funny, this updated Cinderella longs to escape the toil of her life at home, yet recognizes that she can change the world through kindness and compassion. Cinderella is a spirited, savvy soul who works to make the world a better place. She fights for her own dreams, supports the dreams of those around her, and in doing so, opens the eyes of the Prince to the world around him.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II, orchestrations by Danny Troob, music adaptations & arrangements by David Chase. Cinderella is presented by arrangement with Concord Musicals on behalf of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www.concordtheatricals.com.




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