ON-CAMPUS PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
We are joined in our mission to provide performing arts opportunities to Clark students and audiences by a plethora of other organizations, departments, and student-led cubs on-campus. The Clark University Players Society proudly supports, and occasionally collaborates with the following Clark-affiliated organizations.
Clark University Visual & Performing Arts Dept.
The Clark Visual and Performing Arts Department (also known as Clark V&PA or ClarkArts) is the school department for Studio Art, Art History, Screen Studies, Media, Culture & the Arts, Music, and Theatre Arts. Clark V&PA regularly produces a midwinter and spring play each season and rotates between partnerships with CUPS and Clark Musical Theatre each fall. We partner biennially with Clark V&PA to co-produce the New Play Festival, and are grateful to have found a home performing in ClarkArts' Little Center Michelson and Experimental Theaters for decades now.
Clark University English Dept.
Clark University's English Department is a close-knit community of undergraduate, graduate students, and faculty, who are passionate about creative writing and literary analysis. Located at Clark's Anderson House, we partner annually with the English Dept. to produce the winners of their yearly playwriting competition, the Loring Holmes & Ruth Dodd Drama Contest.
Clark University Henry J. Leir Chair
The Henry J. Leir Chair is an annual academic program that has consistently brought enriching culture and exhibition to campus life. Currently occupied by its inaugural recipient, Professor Robert Deam Tobin, the Leir Chair has been responsible for a robust history of on-campus educational programming, including LGBTQ+ historical exhibitions and poetical psychoanalysis seminars. For the fall 2020 semester, the Leir Chair joins CUPS in co-producing an immersive walkthrough theatrical staging of Goethe's Faust, in an effort to sustain student performing arts opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clark Musical Theatre
Founded in 1999, Clark Musical Theatre (or CMT) is a student-run club at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts that enhances students' musical theatre experience. CMT produces two musicals a school year: typically, a larger, all-inclusive musical in the fall, and a smaller musical in the spring. We collaborate with Clark Musical Theatre at the beginning and end of each academic year to publicize performance opportunities on-campus and organize the end-of-season Theatre Banquet, respectively.
Main IDEA Youth & Arts
A grassroots nonprofit organization based in Main South, Main IDEA Youth & Arts empowers youth by providing quality accessible arts programs to under-resourced communities. Since its founding 10 years ago, Main IDEA regularly teaches music, visual arts, drama, dance, and creative writing, while also fostering a deep connection with the Clark community, using its art facilities and founding a student-led volunteer branch. We partner with Main IDEA and its volunteers each semester to produce Mini-Playfest, a performance opportunity for young actors and audiences in Main IDEA's drama club at Canterbury Street School.
COLLEGES OF WORCESTER CONSORTIUM
As a part of our shared mission to provide a creative outlet for fellow student artists and accesible theatre for the Worcester community, Clark University Players Society proudly supports fellow COWC college theatre organizations.
Alternate College Theatre
Alternate College Theatre (ACT) is the only fully student run theatre program at the College of the Holy Cross. The only fully student-run theater group on campus, Alternate College Theatre offers the opportunity to direct, star in a show, design, work on a stage crew, manage publicity, or get involved with any other aspect of theatrical production.
Masque is a theatre-producing organization on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus. Collectively, Masque produces a total of four shows in one academic year and gives students the opportunity to be involved in any aspect of theatre - acting, producing, writing, directing, publicizing, set, lights, designing, etc. Using their uniquely customizable space, the Little Theatre, they have been able to combine creative technical elements with modern and classical theatre.