We are preparing for our 53rd season of theatre at Polk State College. Season 52 was very successful with productions of Five by Ten – Tales of Tennessee Williams, Much Ado About Nothing and Silent Sky. We had to postpone our spring production of Next to Normal due to circumstances in our country and the world.
Polk State Theatre is planning to safely hold classes, rehearse, and perform in the fall of 2020. As always, we will focus on training theatre artists with our fall season and will tone down the complexity of the performances and concentrate our efforts on storytelling. We will announce our spring season in November when we have a better idea of the restrictions that may still be in place in 2021.
The Polk State Theatre program is led by faculty members with many years of experience in acting, directing, 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.
Polk State Theatre students have gone on to finish their education at many of the state universities and other nationally recognized programs. In addition, many of our current students and graduates have found work at local entertainment venues and theatres. 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 students and alumni succeed in achieving their theatre goals.
We are looking forward to what the future holds! Come and join us!