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Macalester College Theater and Dance Department

The Theatre and Dance Collection provides a look at Macalester College's Theatre productions through a wealth of archival materials: photographs, play bills, programs, yearbooks, and articles. The Collection spans the decades from the earliest years in Oratory and Elocution to its present day as the department of Theater and Dance.

The Theatre and Dance Collection has two components: this timeline and a searchable database. This “Timeline of Productions” is organized by decades and academic years. Each decade begins with a brief overview, list of faculty, and list of productions, followed by the production materials for each year in that decade.  An asterisk will indicate those productions for which no photographs are available. The “Theatre and Dance Collection" allows users to search the collection by year, name of the production, playwright, director, designer, actors, crew members, and faculty.

The materials that appear in the Theatre and Dance Collection come from the Macalester College Archives housed in the DeWitt Wallace Library. The archive and library staff have generously supported the development of this project, created by Dan Keyser, Associate Professor Emeritus. He wishes to especially thank Ellen Holt-Werle, Archivist, John Meyerhofer, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Chris Schommer, Senior Library Associate in Digital Scholarship and Services.

A couple of other notes to make as you begin to explore this Collection. First, you will notice that the Department's name has gone through several iterations, including its current spelling—Theater and Dance—beginning in 2018. Also, this project was begun with theater materials only, so efforts to fill in dance production information and materials are ongoing. If you can help fill in any of the gaps—whether providing photographs for productions with an asterisk, or identifying people in photographs where there is a question mark—please contact the Department Coordinator at or 651-696-6611.