Knox College students attending this year’s Repertory Theater Term (Rep Term) say the immersive experience is one of a kind—collaborative, exhausting and satisfying.
Produced every three years by the Knox Department of Theater, Rep Term is the only undergraduate theater program in the United States that integrates the academic study of theater with the experience of forming a repertoire company that produces two fully staged productions. The success of Rep Term depends on the intensive collaboration between professors and students.
Rep Term students spend an entire academic term planning, preparing, and performing two shows. They take on all production responsibilities for the shows, including acting, set construction, costume design, and publicity management. This year, the productions are Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl and We Are Pussy Riot where everything is PR by Barbara Hammond.
Several Rep Term students shared their thoughts on the experience.
Why did you want to be in Rep Term?
“I turned to Rep Term because I know hands-on learning is the most effective way for me to learn. I really wanted to get that hands-on experience and hands-on experience in show production. —Sage Lundquist ’23, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Arts Administration
“It’s not just the lessons. It’s very representative of how the real world of theater works. —Tallulah Nepstad ’22, who majored in acting and minored in music
Can you discuss the immersive nature of Rep Term?
“With Rep Term, I only do theatre. That’s it. And it really puts you in a world of, “This is what it’s like to devote all your time to acting.” —Rose Stout ’22, who is majoring in theater and minoring in psychology
“We have student assistant directors, students who build sets, students who do lighting and costumes, who manage the stage, who create publicity material. Literally every aspect of what happens on these shows is made by students.—and usually run by students. —Sage Lundquist
“We do theater and work in shifts all day, but even when we have breaks we still spend that time together. We really created this family, this community. —Lily Zofkie ’23, majoring in biology and minoring in theater
“From day one, we all came together, and it felt like the most exciting thing ever. Everyone was so ready to be part of this experience. —Amelia Walz ’23, who majors in theater and art history
(Story continues below. Photo at top of page: Rep Term students perform on stage for We Are Pussy Riot where everything is PR Photos below: The students team up on the two Rep Term productions building sets, creating and designing costumes, working on lighting and sound, experimenting with make-up and performing.)
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How was the experience?
“Pretty good, all things considered, with COVID and the general madness of schedules. It’s been challenging, fun and not impossible, that’s what keeps us going. —Nicodemus Meade-Greeman ’23, who majored in theater
“If there hadn’t been a challenge, we wouldn’t be having fun. We are doing very well, especially considering that we still have to deal with COVID. I think COVID has made us even kinder to each other, and that’s part of why it’s going so well. —Tallulah Nepstad
“The fact that we had to spend two weeks online at first [because of Knox’s COVID-19 protocols] was a very unique problem. —Morghan Bacon ’22, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in History
“I came to Knox partly because of Rep Term. I still almost didn’t sign up and signed up for it because there’s a lot of emphasis on ‘You really have to be willing to put your blood, sweat and tears into this.’ But as long as you are willing to work hard and are willing to dedicate yourself, then you are set. You’re with a bunch of other people who are in the same boat, and they have you. —Rowan Collins ’24, who is majoring in acting
What advice do you have for those considering Rep Term?
“Do it. If I hadn’t done it, I would be so, so sad right now. It’s hard, and no one will tell you it’s not hard, but there is a support system for everything you could possibly need. Don’t let anxieties and worries keep you from trying it. —Rose Stout
“Even if you don’t go to the theatre, it’s a great place to develop leadership and communication skills and find the confidence to work with other people. You also learn how you work as an individual. —Amelie Walz
What advice do you have for future Knox students?
“I feel like Rep Term is a good micro-community of the Knox community as a whole. So if you could see yourself in Rep Term and you could see yourself wanting that community aspect, that tightly knit aspect where you’re all working together for a common goal, then I’d say Knox is a good fit for you. —Morgan Bacon
“When I talk about why I chose Knox, I say what struck me was that every person I met and spoke to was actively engaged in things that interested them because Knox offers those opportunities. Rep Term is just one of those opportunities. Knox offers a million opportunities because of the small size of the school and the focus of the faculty.” —Sage Lundquist
Do you have anything else to share?
“There are people here who are not theater majors or minors. Rep Term is not a program for theater majors. This is a program for people who love theater and want to be immersed in theater for a term. —Rose Stout
“It’s cool to see the support we also get from students and other people who are part of the Knox community outside of Rep Term, especially former Rep Term. I do a lot with social media, and we keep getting a bunch of messages from former Rep Term alumni giving advice and sharing their experiences and how much they love Rep Term. —Lily Zofkie
Published on March 04, 2022