The Empty Space Theater (TEST)
The Empty Space Theater is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities and History and Society Divisions as well as by the Office of the President at Babson College.
“My experience with TEST has shown me that I can apply my entrepreneurial training in the sector of the performing arts.”
– Breeana Blackmon, Class of 2015
TEST’s objective is to produce socially relevant, thought provoking and compelling plays and musicals. All TEST productions are directed by Babson faculty members or theater professionals, and we seek to strengthen and formalize curricular ties, making the classroom-to-theater experience highly integrated, intellectually and artistically challenging, and rewarding to both participants and audiences.
What We Do
TEST produces two full-scale performances each year in the Sorenson Center for the Arts and sponsors several workshops, staged readings, and master classes throughout the fall and spring semesters. TEST also supports and facilitates the integration of performing arts into course curricula.
“I wanted a professional theater experience, and the fact that The Empty Space Theater could provide just that made me eager to take part in their productions.”
– Sam Byrne, Class of 2014
Faculty members who direct TEST productions teach theater and music courses at Babson such as:
- Business in American Drama
- Fundamentals of Acting and Improvisation
- Global Pop
- Dramatizing the American Dream
- Modern Drama
- African American Music in the United States
- The London Stage
Fall, 2011 - The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Group
Spring, 2012 - Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
Fall, 2012 - Working by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Spring, 2013 - The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee
Fall, 2013 - Avenue Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx, and Jeff Whitty
Spring, 2014 - Midsummer: A Play With Songs by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre
Fall, 2014 - Urinetown by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis
Spring 2015 Production
Provincetown Four, four one-act plays
Suppressed Desires, Directed by Jon Adler, Professor at Olin College
Freedom, Directed by Kai Haskins, Class of 2018
Lima Beans, Directed by Adam Sanders, Associate Director of BabsonArts
Constancy, Directed by Beth Wynstra
March 8, 9, and 10 (8:00 pm)
at Roger's Pub
Founded in 1915, the Provincetown Players helped launch the careers of Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning dramatists Eugene O’Neill, Susan Glaspell, Djuna Barnes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Wallace Stevens and broke new ground in American drama by presenting works that not only experimented with expressionistic, futuristic, and surrealistic forms but also tackled important political and social issues. In a time when melodrama and light comedy ruled the American stage, the Provincetown Players were a pioneering group who sought to produce plays that featured and spoke to the concerns and plight of lower and middle class Americans.
How You Can Get Involved
We are always looking for actors, singers, and dancers as well as musicians for our fall and spring productions as well as for staged readings and workshops.
“Dramatic art requires critical thinking in order to create a whole new person on stage. This critical thinking can be transferred to the classroom and help to make you a more well-rounded student.”
– Yvonne Yankey, Class of 2016
Work behind the scenes
TEST seeks to give participants a full theater experience where they can contribute as directors, stage managers, lighting designers, costumers, or dramaturges.
Take a class
We also encourage you to explore theater and dramatic literature in your course work.
Become friends with The Empty Space Theater on Facebook or join our mailing list to be informed of upcoming auditions and opportunities.
Please contact Professor Sandra Graham, or Professor Beth Wynstra for more information.