The Repertory Project is a two-play season performed at the University of Southern Indiana's Mallette Studio Theatre in Evansville. USI and New Harmony Theatres co-produce two plays in rotating repertory with professional actors working along side junior and senior performance students. Students support these productions artistically and technically with the guidance of professional artists and educators.
The Repertory Project brings members of the Actors Equity Association, the professional union of stage actors and stage managers, to work with USI students of acting and stage management.
The repertory model presents outstanding challenges for both the professional and student theatre artists working on the project. The scenery and lighting must function for both productions with minimal changes. This joint project creates unparalleled opportunities for students within USI's Performing Arts Department.
Creating professional opportunities for undergraduates
In every area of production, student designers and technicians are being mentored by the New Harmony Theatre guest artists and USI faculty, all of whom are theatre professionals with credits including New York, regional and touring theatre as well as television and film.
University of Southern Indiana students are able to include professional Actors Equity Association productions on their resumes even before graduating from USI — a distinction which puts the USI Performing Arts Department in league with some of the country's elite theatre programs.
Additionally, undergraduates may gain valuable points toward qualifying to join this exclusive and prestigious union.