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World Theatre Workshop

"We create with our ancestors at our back. Our voices are connected to a collective past: building bridges as we make our journey across."

Black No More
Black No More
2001

Garden of Fire
Garden of Fire
2001

The Trial Of One Short Sighted Black Woman
The Trial Of One Short Sighted Black Woman Vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae
2004

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
2008

Flyin' West
Flyin' West
2009

The World Theatre Workshop is an academic course that meets the general education requirement for humanities. Although enrollment is not mandatory, students may contract for 1-3 credits. Those interested in technical positions may design an independent program in the areas of sound design, costume design, dramaturgy, stage management or playwriting.

Auditions for performers are open to all university students, faculty, staff and the community.

Scripts developed by the workshop in collaboration with student playwrights are presented as one of two annual productions. The second production by an established playwright is presented in cooperation with the Department of Theatre.

We invite you to join this award-winning program and experience the joy of its commitment to rediscover and celebrate global issues of ethnicity and culture through the presentation of exciting theatrical productions.

For further information, contact Professor Clyde Ruffin: 573-882-2021 or RuffinC@missouri.edu.

Black Theatre Workshop/
World Theatre Workshop Productions

1982
Rituals
by Nkenge Mawusi

1983
God’s Trombones
by James Weldon Johnson

1984
The Wedding Band
by Alice Childress

1985
On Striver’s Row
by Abram Hill

1986
The Diviners
by Jim Leonard
Tambourines To Glory by Langston Hughes

1988
A Cup of Black Coffee, Three Lumps of Sugar and a Spot of Cream
by Shirley LeFlore
A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller

1989
Intimate Secrets
by Clyde Ruffin
A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

1991
Moon On A Rainbow Shawl
by Errol John
The Amen Corner by James Baldwin

1992
Strands
by Eric Wilson (ACTF National Winner)

1993
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
by August Wilson

1994
Long Time Since Yesterday
by P.J. Gibson
Purlie Victorious by Ossie Davis

1997
Home
by Samm-Art Williams

1999
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
One Flew Over The Cockoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

2001
Black No More by Syl Jones
The Price of Dreams Adapted by Clyde Ruffin
Garden Of Fire Adapted by Clyde Ruffin

2003
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

2004
The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman Vs. Mammy Louis and Safreeta Mae
by Karani Marcia Leslie

2006
Intimate Apparel
by Lynn Nottage

2007
The Story
by Tracey Scott Wilson

2008
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

2009
Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage
Holding Up The Sky by Milbre Burch