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Our 2021/2022 Season

Merry Widow Audition Announcement

The Aaron Copland School of Music and the Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance are proud to present Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow, directed by Dorothy Danner, with performances taking place in April 2022. Students who wish to audition for this production should look at the list of characters below and choose one set of sides, which can be found here. Auditioners may choose to:

  1. Video record themselves singing one of the sides and upload the file to dropbox here by the end of day on September 20. Students should also email with:

    • The exact spelling of your name
    • Your QCID number
    • Your phone number
    • Your email address


  2. Appear live on September 21 at Room 270 in the Aaron Copland School of Music, from 3pm-6pm. It is strongly recommended that prior to auditioning, you read the full script, which can be located here.

Cast of Chara​cters

ZETA-----the buffoon operetta character-----full of self-importance--unaware of what is really happening around him----sees everything through his own limited understanding--opportunist---generous, not mean spirited, still merits an affectionate response

NJEGUS----the improvisational clown character of operetta-----clever and worldly wise enough to deal with the flaws of Zeta, Danilo, staff etc.----a survivor--requires good comic timing and movement

HANNAH----warm, gracious, witty, voluptuous

DANILO-----charming, worldly, witty, self centered in first act---has a journey

VALENCIENNE----naive, delightful, shocked by her fierce attraction to Camille--filled with conflict

CAMILLE-----flirtatious---enjoys success as man about town--ardent French lover

CASCADA and ST. BRIOCHE---over the top, very French, see themselves on the brink of gaining Mm Glavari's affection and fortune, very competitive,

KROMOV-----Head of Military ---full of bluster ---bloated sense of force

BOGDONOVICH-----Head of Pontevedrian National Security ----former spy

PRITSCHTISCH------Head of Domestic Security---YES man--dominated by wife

OLGA-----ditzy---obsessive about appearance

SYLVIANE---very aware of position as wife of govt official---paranoid about secrecy of "affair" with Cascada

PRASKOVIA----dominant, self-righteous, attempts at coyness, secret mad crush on Danilo


Fall 2021 Productions

The Crowd You’re In With
By Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Claudia Feldstein

Live performances and streaming; November 4-14, 2021, in the Goldstein Theatre

A Fourth of July backyard barbecue is the setting for Rebecca Gilman’s humorous and ultimately disquieting exploration of the question of whether to have children. Three couples, divided on the issue, speak in very practical terms about their decisions, but Gilman never loses sight of the mystery that underlies a life-shaping decision guided by both rational thought and biological imperative.

Satchmo Stomps
Directed by Edisa Weeks

Our 2021 Fall Dance Concert will take the form of a dance film, and is being produced in conjunction the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Aaron Copland School of Music. The film features Louis Armstrong’s music performed by the Copland Jazz Ensemble directed by Antonio Hart; with original choreography by Yin Mei Critchell, Nia Love and Edisa Weeks. The film is inspired by the life and musical legacy of Armstrong who called Queens home, and whose genre-defying sound and unique vocals changed the world of jazz and pop music.


Spring 2022 Productions

The Misanthrope
Directed by Daniel Irizarry
March 3-13, 2022

Moliere’s classical farce gets a modern spin from director Daniel Irizarry.
Check back for details and audition info soon.

The Merry Widow
Music by Franz Lehár
Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein
April 7-10, 2022, at the Goldstein Theatre

In conjunction with the Aaron Copland School of Music,
DTD presents the classic opera “The Merry Widow”.

Student Choreography Showcase
Directed by Edisa Weeks
May 12-15, 2022

The Showcase features choreography by DTD Dance Majors and Minors who in collaboration with student costume and lighting designers create original works that incorporate a variety of dance styles, which have ranged from Tap to Hula, Contemporary, West African, Kathak, Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Jazz and more. For proposal guidelines contact:


Update on Classes and Activities for the Fall 2021 Semester

Our office is open for in-person appointment on a limited basis. We can be reached by email, or by phone (718-997-3090). Please review the list of topics below for specific guidance about Major/Minor declaration, advisement, and other common issues that we can assist you with. For any other questions or inquiries please contact the department chair.



  • Majors in Drama and Dance should contact their advisor or Professor Edisa Weeks ( for instructions on how to participate in preregistration. If you did not meet with your advisor prior to the instructional recess, you can request a phone or online appointment by emailing your advisor. You must complete your advisement before you are allowed to preregister.
  • All preregistration and permission only registration will be done online. We will not have in person appointments. If there is an issue with your registration you may be asked to make a phone appointment to resolve it. You may leave questions about registration on the main office voicemail- 718-997-3090.


  • All permissions are granted by the professor of the course. Please contact that professor by email to receive permission in writing.
  • If you are a transfer student who completed a prerequisite at another university, please be sure to attach a transcript, a catalogue description and/or syllabus of the prerequisite course, and please note that some courses require a prerequisite and an audition or interview so you may be asked to submit additional materials (this affects Acting IV, Dance/Drama Collaboration, and MFA preparation Workshops)
  • Acting IV requires permission and the prerequisite course and MFA preparation is an invitation only course. Please email Professor Claudia Feldstein ( for more information.
  • We do not waive prerequisites or add anyone to courses that are already fully enrolled in this program.
  • Classics Majors registering for Drama 201 need a letter from your advisor confirming that you have some background in Dramatic Literature. It may be addressed to Professor Healey.
  • Drama Production and Dance Production are audition only courses, and the auditions will be held in August.


  • Due to the increased volume of email and phone messages required by the COVID19 emergency, we will not be responding to any email or voice messages requesting entrance to a closed section of any course.
  • If a section is closed because it is full then you cannot take that course.


For the latest COVID-19/Coronavirus updates, please click here.

The Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance offers the study of the subjects appropriate for a liberal arts degree. A balanced combination of theory and practice aims at giving an understanding of the arts of drama, theatre and dance that can serve as a foundation for graduate study. Every effort is made to provide scope for the development of individual talent and skills as a preliminary step for those students who intend to pursue future conservatory training for a stage or dance career.

The department offers strong, diversified academic programs in theatre (covering history, literature, acting, directing, stage management, design, and technical theatre), and dance (modern, ballet, tap, Asian and African dance, choreography, and history). Each year, on our three stages, the department presents a wide range of five fully realized productions. These are dramas and comedies, classic and modern plays, new plays, musicals, operas, and dance concerts. Under the guidance of faculty and guest directors and designers, student actors and dancers perform for audiences drawn from all segments of the college community, as well as Queens neighborhoods.

There are also several opportunities annually for student actors and dancers to produce and direct work under faculty supervision. In addition to providing opportunities for students to major or minor in Drama, Theatre & Dance, the department devotes many of its offerings to courses that satisfy mandated general education requirements in the liberal arts. Moreover, non-majors participate regularly and extensively​ in all aspects of our production program as actors, dancers, technicians, and backstage crew members. 

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Our office is open for in-person appointments on a limited basis. Please send an email to the chair or call the office to schedule an appointment.

Phone: 718-997-3090​

Faculty can be reached by email and are holding office hours by phone or videoconference. See faculty contact information.

Acting Chair: Edisa Weeks

Dept. Office: Rathaus 213
Phone: 718-997-3090

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