Arts & Culture

UK Theatre's Studio Season Goes Online This Fall

photo of banner for "The Audience Disturbs Marcel's Bath Time and He Is Very Upset With You All"
UK Theatre's Studio Season will open with Ryan Bultrowicz's "The Audience Disturbs Marcel's Bath Time and He Is Very Upset With You All" directed by senior Abby Davis. Poster by Emily DeBold.

"Un-staged" originally scheduled for Nov. 6-7 has been canceled. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2020) Featuring work written and/or directed by the university’s own students, the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance Studio Season will open this weekend with “The Audience Disturbs Marcel’s Bath Time and He is Very Upset With You All.” To keep the community safe, engaged and entertained this semester during a pandemic, Studio Season will be presented online.

The fall portion of the season, which gives UK students the chance to stage their own work or interpretations of work, will take center stage with two showings of “The Audience Disturbs Marcel’s Bath Time and He is Very Upset With You All” beginning 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. The production, written by Ryan M. Bultrowicz, is being directed by UK’s own Abby Davis, a theatre, English and musical theatre certificate senior from California, Kentucky.

"Studio Season has always been about our students. It is a space for them to explore and express their creativity. And so it remains," Studio Season Director Stephen Wrentmore said. 

All Studio Season shows will be livestreamed and free this season, but attendees will need to get access. Individuals interested in watching a production should request tickets for Studio Season productions via email to by listing the production (i.e. DISTURB MARCEL for the first show) in the subject line.

This rest of the fall productions and the students presenting them are:

  • “I Talk To The Flowers” by Madison Fiedler and directed by theatre senior Sami Durstock, of Edgewood, Kentucky, beginning 5:30 p.m., Oct. 8, and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9;
  • “Paper Towels” by Nelson Diaz-Marcano and directed by theatre, arts administration and musical theatre certificate senior Jaime Delgado, of Louisville, Kentucky, beginning 5:30 p.m., Oct. 23, and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24; and
  • “Cabaret” performance by musical theatre coordinated by theatre, arts administration, musical theatre certificate and Lewis Honors College senior Chelsea Russell, of Independence, Kentucky, beginning 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12.

The Department of Theatre and Dance, part of UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Students in the department get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from professional theatre and dance faculty and renowned guest artists in acting, directing, playwriting, theatrical design and technology, and dance. From mainstage productions to student-produced shows, students have plenty of opportunities to participate on stage or backstage. Special programs include a musical theatre certificate, education abroad, as well as a thriving dance program that emphasizes technique, composition, performance and production.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.