Student Groups

The Carleton Players, produces three faculty- or guest-directed productions a year. Staff members of the Carleton Players handle vital areas of these productions. They also help determine play selection criteria, student technical capacities, budget allocations and other aspects of the organization. Though tied to the department through faculty direction, design, and coordination, retains a student voice in its larger community by coordinating upcoming theater events, workshops, and productions at meetings twice a term. Please contact Players President Hannah Neville (nevilleh@carleton.edu)with any general questions.

The Experimental Theater Board (ETB) funds and assists in the organization and publicity for student-directed plays for performance in Nourse Little Theater. Students submit proposals in the term before they would like to direct, complete with an itemized budget request and summary of needs such as cast, crew, and tech. Most shows are accepted and financed for production by vote of ETB officers, though in competitive terms shows are assigned by seniority and feasibility. Contact Max Henkel (henkelm@carleton.edu) for more information.

Student Musical Theater (SMT) selects and organizes two student musical productions every year, one funded by the Kristi Snowden Memorial Fund in the fall and a second in the Spring. Both are student-directed. Large-format shows are presented in Arena, while shows with smaller casts better fitted to an intimate space are produced in Nourse. 2013-14 contact is Mike Bahn (bahnm@carleton.edu)

Whoa! is Carleton’s only student-run selective dance company. Combined, Whoa!’s dancers bring years of experience in all forms of dance, not just Hip-Hop. They include breakers; poppers; lockers; professional cheerleaders; award-winning choreographers, directors, and producers; dance instructors; and former members of Hip-Hop dance companies around the country. Combined, they have performed in front of millions of people across the country both live and on television.

The Lenny Dee Players provide students with an outlet to write, perform, and enjoy the high art of sketch comedy. Lenny Dee performs at least once a term, in a show which is completely student written, acted, and directed. The group holds auditions at least once a year. Contact Jameson Siegert (siegertj) or Laura Hockenbury(hockenbl) for more information.

Cujokra and the Harriers is Carleton's longest-running comedy troupe. We perform both long-form improvisational comedy in the style of Del Close and the Second City in Chicago and short-form improv games such as those featured on "Who's Line is it Anyway?" We work with traditional forms such as the Harold, and have pioneered several of our own forms, including our popular music/comedy fusion: A-Ca-Pimp-Prov. Our alumni have gone on to work with groups at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in New York, iO Los Angeles, and the Colbert Report. We have around three shows per term, and are available for performance at other events. Auditions are held at the beginning of the year. Cujokra & the Harriers do not discriminate based on race, class, sex, or gender—only genius.

Cooler Ranch Comedy Company is determined to create, perform, and share experimental theater and comedy with the Carleton Campus. Focusing on developing skills as actors and creators, Cooler Ranch investigates new realms for expressing oneself and providing original and remarkable entertainment. We are interested in performing and building on the styles of popular improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, improv everywhere, digital shorts, as well as going outside the box to discover new forms of expression. Cooler Ranch holds at least one show a term and provides many other methods and venues to bring theater and comedy performance closer to the audience.

EBONY II is a student-run dance company open to beginners, experienced dancers and everyone in between. Founded by Debra McCray in 1974 with 20 black students for Black History Observance Program at Carleton, the company has now icludes more than 200 students. The company performs each term. All levels of experience and all styles of dance are welcomed.