Theater Arts

David Esbjornson, new chair of the Theater Department, plans on preparing students for their big break

David Esbjornson
David Esbjornson. Photo by Larry Levanti

Students, parents, educators—and most commencement speakers, for that matter—tend to represent “the real world” as a menacing neighborhood entirely divorced from the university experience. 

Rutgers Theater Company presents "Machinal" through Oct. 8

Cast of "Machinal"The Young Woman longs to fit in. She struggles to carry out her duties in a brutal world, trudging forward and conforming to society’s expectations. She enters into a loveless marriage, reluctantly starts a family and attempts to remain seen but not heard.

Chair of the Theater Department

David Esbjornson’s work as a director includes the Broadway debut and London West End production of Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry with Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, and Boyd Gaines, and a five-city tour in Australia with Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, and Boyd Gaines.

Theater students earn their wings

A dozen BFA IV Theater students brought some holiday cheer to Parker at Stonegate Assisted Living Residence in Highland Park, N.J., on Saturday, Dec. 18, as they performed the radio play It’s a Wonderful Life.Glenn Quentin

Rutgers Theater Alumni network keeps members posted

RTA membersLike many Mason Gross Theater alumni, Raymond McAnally graduated and entered the grind of casting calls and auditions. Along the way, he met fellow alums and realized they could use a way to connect.

Esteemed Broadway director to head Theater Department

Award-winning theater artist David Esbjornson has been named chair of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Theater Department. He succeeds Israel Hicks, who died in 2010. Esbjornson will begin work in July 2011.

Rutgers Theater Company presents Anna Deavere Smith’s "Fires in the Mirror" 4/15-4/30

In 1991, a 7-year-old boy is struck and killed in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; hours later, a man is killed in retaliation. The racial and ethnic clashes that ensued between the black community and the area’s Hasidic population were known collectively as “the Crown Heights riots.”