Productions, Programs & Events

Community Productions

Suffolk Performing Arts produces several stage productions each year, including Dinner Theatre, Pioneer Performance Series, SpringFest, STEW, and Acting Out! Students of all majors, backgrounds, and talent are encouraged to audition for all productions.

Annual Productions

A three course meal, with a twist! The actors/waiters drop clues, (but not your food) during this interactive murder mystery. Past performances included 2009's Murder at Cafe Noir, a spoof on the film noir genre in the vein of the Maltese Falcon and Casablanca, 2013's Boy Meets Murder, a spoof on Boy Meets World written by two Suffolk alumni and 2014's Enterprise: Deep Space Murder a spoof on Star Trek written by a Suffolk alumnus.

The Pioneer Performance Series is the centerpiece of the Performing Arts Office's spring semester bringing the entire Suffolk community together through theater and community dialogue. These performances tackle difficult and relevant topics, often exploring innovative works, working with established and emerging local playwrights, directors and designers, and developing ancillary programming to deepen the audience's experience. Past productions include: The Laramie ProjectSongs for a New WorldThe Vagina Monologues, the Rocky Horror Picture ShowPainted AliceUrinetown: The MusicalThe ExoneratedReefer Madness: The MusicalEpic ProportionsBare: A Pop OperaAvenue QRadium Girls and Spring Awakening.

SpringFest is Suffolk's annual variety show and oldest arts tradition. This show highlights the hidden (and not so hidden) performing arts talents of Suffolk students and staff in an exciting musical extravaganza performed for one night only at Boston's Royale night club. Auditions take place each February, and the show is performed in April. 

Each summer Suffolk students flex their acting muscles for the incoming freshman class during New Student Orientation.

Past performances include Reality STEW, Alphabet STEW, and "Saved by the STEW", a spoof of Saved by the Bell.

Acting Out is a peer educational theater program that explores provocative campus issues such as consent, alcohol abuse, identity and mental health. Through a series of original scenes, this performance stimulates discussion for incoming college students about real college life.

Community Arts Events & Programs

Suffolk Performing Arts also hosts a variety of community events throughout the school year, giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to come together and enjoy entertainment. Suffolk Performing Arts encourages you to get involved in the arts community both at Suffolk and in Boston. Through our community program initiatives of Ahts & Cultcha, InstaRam, Popular Ticket Series, and other community events, you will find many opportunities to see shows and perform yourself!

Current Programs

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Suffolk Performing Arts teams up each year with the Queer Student Union (QSU) to present Suffolk's Annual Drag Show, featuring some of Boston's premier professional drag queens and kings and select student performers. Held in October, the Drag Show is part of QSU's celebration of LGBTQ History Month. 

Each October, Suffolk Performing Arts and the Theatre Department clear out our storage closets and offer a variety of clothing, costumes, props, and accessories to the Suffolk community. Everything at this sale is priced at $5 and below; all proceeds are donated to an organization or charitable cause each year. 

InstaRAM is Suffolk's student-driven social media team that's focused on all things artsy. The team covers all campus arts and culture events, including auditions, exhibits, film screenings, galleries, performances, readings, showcases, and community events, making it your one-stop shop for arts and culture at Suffolk. Follow @INSTARAMSU on Instagram for the latest on the campus arts & culture scene.

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Images from our past performances