Last year marked the 50th season of theatre at Polk State College. We enjoyed our celebration and now it is time to look to the next 50 years! Polk State Theatre will continue to grow and stage increasingly complex performances as we move into the future.
The program is led by faculty members with many years of experience in acting, producing and teaching. Under the instruction of these faculty members, Polk State Theatre students each year perform a challenging slate of shows, from classic comedies and musicals to Shakespearean dramas.
Polk State Theatre performs its main-stage productions in the College’s 500-seat Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre. Intimate performances take place in the same space ON STAGE in our “black box” arrangement for about 100 audience members. We also perform studio performances in the 1,600-square-foot Studio 117, which opened in 2012. Sets are built in a spacious on-campus workshop that rivals the facilities of university programs and professional theatre companies.
The program enjoys the support of area theatre professionals, who lend their expertise in lighting, set design, and other aspects of production. These partnerships deepen the learning for students and enhance the viewing experiences for audiences.
Because of our knowledgeable faculty, challenging performance schedule, and regional reputation for excellence — among educators and theatre professionals alike — Polk State Theatre has seen its student and alumni participation and audience increase in recent years.
We are looking forward to the next fifty years! Come and join us!