HISTORY OF THEATRE AT NSU
FROM THE LATE 1960'S TO THE PRESENT
Katie Davis, Professor of Speech and Norma Ragland directed theatre at Norfolk State College during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Robert Wynn-Jackson directed, choreographed and served as musical director from the mid 1970’s until the late 1980’s. Wynn-Jackson developed a viable audience for musical theatre. The Norfolk State College Players’ traveling theatre troupe called “The Performers” was showcased throughout the Mideast.
During the late 1980’s until the early 1990’s, guest directors Kevin Sutton and DeShera Rainey produced theatre at the University.
For more than two decades, from 1992 until 2014, Clarence Murray Jr. served as Director of Theatre. During that time he directed playwright August Wilson’s entire 10-play Pittsburg Cycle at the University and provided students with international performance opportunities.
In the fall of 2014, Anthony Mark Stockard became the Director of NSU Players and the newly formed Division of Drama. He immediately began innovating and expanding by transforming NSU Players into NSU Theatre Company, engaging students in nationally recognized theatre competitions and forging partnerships with the regions leading performing arts organizations. Under his leadership the University has enjoyed numerous historic wins for national competitions, honors and awards in theatre.
Norfolk State University boasts a long and legendary reputation for producing exceptional theatrical performances. Today, NSU Theatre Company continues to amaze and enrich audiences. We develop skilled, creative, intelligent, disciplined, professional and successful theatre practitioners who impact and enhance our campus, our community, and the world.