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2019-2020 Season



Dear Augsburg Theater Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends,

We are thinking about all of you—and your health and well-being—during this time of concern about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As you likely know, there have been unprecedented cancellations of community events all over the world, and theater faculty and staff have been working these last few days to make decisions about our production season and the health of those in our community. After monitoring ongoing developments and much deliberation, the Augsburg University Theater will be canceling all rehearsals and performances, until further notice.

The Augsburg Theater Department will continue to monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19 and will remain deliberate in decision-making and communication in the days and weeks to come. While these decisions are very difficult, our primary concern must be the health, safety and wellness of our student artists, directors, staff, community, and guests. We are committed to our students, and we feel these precautions are in the best interest of the entire Augsburg community and all of you.

Our professional theater colleagues in large and small theater organizations around the country have cancelled productions and/or taken steps to ensure the social distancing necessary to keep COVID-19 in check. Our academic colleagues in other institutions in the metro area have also made similar plans. We know that the situation is evolving rapidly. We are closely tracking all communications made by the CDC and the MDH, as well as Augsburg University.

Classes scheduled between March 23-28, (the week following our spring break), have been cancelled. There is a strong possibility that after break, the week of March 30, courses will be using online methods rather than face to face on-campus instruction. As policies become clearer, we’ll be in touch about any additional information.

Going forward, as developments occur, please know these decisions are subject to change. We’ll be in touch with information as needed. In the meantime, please feel free to check ongoing Augsburg University updates or to email the theater chair, Darcey Engen at

Thank you. Be well.

Augsburg Theater Faculty and Staff


All That We Carry 

The Sesquicentennial Musical

Stage Director Malick Ceesay

Music Director Sonja Thompson

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, April 1- April 5

“All That We Carry” is a musical/theatrical reflection of 150 years of Augsburg University. This original work is inspired by real stories contributed by hundreds of alumni, current students, faculty, staff and regents, and features archival video, audio and photographs, poetry and songs.  Come laugh, cry and cringe as we revisit historical people, places and events, remember forgotten narratives, and look at history from alternative points of view.


Wednesday April 1 at 7 p.m.
Thursday April 2 at 7 p.m.
Friday April 3 at 7 p.m.
Saturday April 4 at 7 p.m.
Sunday April 5 at 3 p.m.


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 Earlier this year.


Aerial Hammock Workshop Showing

Led by Beliza Torres Narváez

Foss Studio Theater, November 1  7 p.m.

In this workshop students will learn the basics of aerial hammock or sling. They will also build strength and endurance staying close to the floor. At the end of the workshop each student will have learned the basic aerial movement series and a short choreography, which will be shared in a showcase with the Augsburg community. (Suitable for different levels of fitness, strength or flexibility and body types.)


an elegy to summer

In the near future a vibrant underground community of hackers, botanists and artists live off the grid. When a young inventor shows up looking for a place to hide from the government because she figured out how to circumvent water scarcity the entire community must decide if their desire to save lives is worth the risk of destroying their own…

By Carson Kreitzer

Directed by Taous Claire Khazem

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, November 15 – 24

Friday November 15 at 7 p.m.
Saturday November 16 at 7 p.m.
Thursday November 21 at 7 p.m.
Friday November 22 at 7 p.m.
Saturday November 23 at 7 p.m.
Sunday November 24 at 3 p.m.


Student Cabaret

Foss Studio Theater, December 12

Our annual student cabaret, organized, led, and performed entirely by Augsburg students.


by Melanie Marnich

Directed by Emma Gustafson

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, January 30 – February 2

It’s a big love Lucy is looking for. Her cross-country mission takes her through hilarious, but  equally traumatic relationships in which time and emotion pass in a warped instant. Her quest becomes intertwined with that of a female serial killer. The two women find themselves on an exploration of the geography of the human heart.

Thursday January 30 at 7 p.m.
Friday January 31 at 7 p.m.
Saturday February 1 at 7 p.m.
Sunday February 2 at 3 p.m.