McCoy Theatre

For more than thirty years, the McCoy Theatre has been the production arm of the Department of Theatre.

The department′s efforts to understand theatrical performance find application in this large, black box space. The McCoy′s seasons seek to investigate the human condition, broadly, and aim to engage with the college′s liberal arts curriculum.  In this respect, the McCoy looks not only to test and to try what theatrical performance does, but looks to collaborate with the campus′s various programs of study.

In addition to staging everything from Sophocles to Jarry to Beckett to Vogel, the McCoy space has hosted professional performers from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and from as far away as England and India.

In 2006, the department added a second black box space, nearly the size of the McCoy Theatre, which functions as a studio, lecture hall, rehearsal space, and theatre for ad hoc performances. The expansion of the building also gave the department a new smart classroom and costume shop.

We use these spaces. We overuse these spaces.

And, in case you were wondering: Yes. We rock.

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McCoy theatre is a member of Heart of the Arts

November 4 & 5, 10-13
all performances 7:30pm except the 2pm Sunday matinee
Mark Ravenhill’s Candide
directed by David Jilg

Inspired by Voltaire’s classic satire, this new vision is an exploration of rampant optimism, social media, parallel universes and genetic engineering in this “best of all possible worlds.”  In his contemporary adaptation, Ravenhill creates a string of narratives in which his characters sleepwalk through a variety of dystopic landscapes.

February 17 & 18, 23-26
all performances 7:30pm except the 2pm Sunday matinee
The Unencumbered
by Elizabeth Hersh
directed by Joy Brooke Fairfield

In a near future where technology has rendered almost every dream achievable, seven men creep hopefully towards immortality, their fragile bodies dependent on armies of care-workers. The Immortals are the stuff of myth, but this story is not about them. It is about three of the women who keep them alive, and what they gain and lose in doing it.

April 11
various times and venues
The Rhodes Cycle
devised by Dave Mason

An old-ish new staging of the Bible, using pageant wagons, masks, original music, and ingenuity. Invoking Europe's High Middle Ages and the postmodern Mid-South, this episodic re-playing represents a grand collaboration of communities, artists, and performers. This one-night performance makes the campus its stage.

Also this season, from our community partners …

April 8
Hattiloo Theatre presents
The National Black Box Performing Arts Festival

This festival is a three-day event (April 7-9) promoting cultural equity by showcasing the works of African-American and Latino artists. The Festival highlights artistically excellent works of emerging, underexposed, and underappreciated playwrights, dancers, filmmakers, spoken word artists, and vocal groups. Various Memphis institutions are participating. On April 8, the McCoy Theatre will host an all-day page-to-stage workshop, involving writers from the region’s HBCUs and local performers.

May 26 & 27
Voices of the South presents
The 12th Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival

This beginning-of-the-summer tradition has people looking forward to it all year. Bring the whole family for a picnic on the grounds to start things off on Friday, and come back Saturday morning for a full day of events. The full schedule of performances and activities will be available in the spring of 2017 at