Established in 1936, we are the second oldest theatre department in the country. Our faculty members are both scholars and artists, teachers and practitioners, constantly moving back and forth between the classroom and the theatre. The Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art is the crucible where students transform learning into practice every day.


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News & Updates

Drama Students Win Awards at USITT-SE

Four UNC students won awards in the expo at the USITT-Southeast regional conference this past weekend in Asheville, NC. Athene… Read more

Winston Conrad

It is with heavy hearts that we share the unexpected passing of Winston Conrad, Karenin from KTC’s Fall 2021 production… Read more

Rachel and Athene have published an article!

An article by costume production MFA candidate Athene Wright and PRC crafts artisan Rachel E. Pollock, “Thoroughly Modern Millinery”, is featured… Read more

The Dramaturgy of Space and Imagined Theatres-Chile

Chair of Dramatic Art, Adam Versényi has published his translation of Chilean playwright/director Ramón Griffero’s The Dramaturgy of Space: and… Read more

Posters accepted for USITT conference!

Athene Wright and Sherry Wu’s abstracts were both accepted to the costume commission poster session at the USITT conference this… Read more

Allen Tedder ’13 in The Alchemist!

Allen Tedder ’13 is in The Alchemist playing Kastril, the show is being produced by the Red Bull Theatre in… Read more

Center for Dramatic Art - Building Lettering


Letter From Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. We have the honor of being the second oldest established theater department in the country, founded in 1925.  I am delighted to begin my tenure as Chair of this amazing group of scholars, artists, teachers, technicians, staff, and practitioners. 

As a faculty, we are constantly moving back and forth between the classroom and the rehearsal hall and our shops. Each faculty member holds responsibilities with either the Kenan Theatre Company, our undergraduate production company, or PlayMakers  Repertory Company.   PlayMakers is our professional LORT D theater company housed in the Department, in the College of Arts and Sciences.  

These two theaters present unique opportunities for our students. BA students in Dramatic Art put what they learn in the classroom into practice with the Kenan Theater Company, while PlayMakers Repertory Company provides a laboratory for students in our MFA programs in Acting, Costume Production, and Technical Production to pursue their professional training at the highest level. Our graduate students work with nationally known directors, designers, and actors.   

Kenan Theater Company has multiple opportunities to get involved such as serving on the Kenan Board of Directors, designing for productions, or working in marketing and engagement. While the Kenan Theater Company serves as the undergraduate home, undergraduates are invited to observe rehearsals with the professional company, and there may be opportunities to intern with PlayMakers directors, designers, and the administrative team.

Together, the Department of Dramatic Art and PlayMakers Repertory Company compromise the Center for Dramatic Art, a place for innovation, curiosity, change and challenge. We invite you to join us at the Center for Dramatic Art where our excellent educational and artistic facilities provide a platform for the transformational power of the arts.  

Welcome to our home 

Kathryn Hunter –Williams 


Upcoming Productions

The Kenan Theatre Company is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 season.

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Center for Dramatic Art



The Center for Dramatic Art, with its excellent educational and artistic facilities, serves as a teaching theatre where students interact and collaborate with each other, the faculty and resident company members to create world-class educational and theatrical experiences.



Department of Dramatic Art faculty represent the full arc of educational experiences and professional standards. Teaching artists from PlayMakers Repertory Company are also teaching artists.

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