This year marks the 50th season of theatre at Polk State College. In the fall of 1967, Norman Small directed Antigone to open the first Polk “Junior” College theatre season. Fifty years later, Polk State Theatre is growing and staging increasingly complex performances.
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.
As a result of its knowledgeable faculty, challenging performance schedule, and regional reputation for excellence — among educators and theatre professionals alike — Polk State Theatre has seen its scholarship applicants quadruple in recent years.
We are looking forward to another fifty years! Come and join us!