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Directions to the Hollins Theatre: At the first stop sign when you enter the Hollins campus, please turn right. Follow the road around the semi-circle, and at the next stop sign, the theatre is the red brick building on the left, and parking in the East lot is on the right. There are several handicapped spaces available next to the theatre building.

Hollins Theatre

2014-15 Season
Come celebrate the launch of a dynamic new era at Hollins Theatre.


Recent accolades for Hollins' theatre program

  • Winner of 14 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival awards
  • Named one of the top-20 college theatres by The Princeton Review
  • Hollins and Mill Mountain Theatre hosted Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
  • Recognized by Virginia Living magazine as one of the top performing arts programs in the state


Almost, Maine


Fall 2014 production

Almost Maine, by John Cariani


  • October 17-18, 23-25 at 7:30 pm
  • October 19 at 2 pm
  • Hollins Main Stage

A small town finds romance beneath the northern lights.

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. And it almost doesn’t exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. Discover why this romantic comedy was the most widely produced play in the country in the past decade. Featuring a cast of talented students, alumnae/i and guest artists, with professional actors Rick Blunt of the American Shakespeare Centre and Taylor Gruenloh of Tesseract Theatre in Saint Louis.

"Sweet, poignant and witty. Nearly perfect." - The New York Daily News

"Almost, Maine lets in a cold blast of hot love!" – The Los Angeles Daily News

  • Admission: $10 general, free to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff

Iris and Walter


Short Term Children’s Theatre Tour: 2015 Legacy Series Production

The Adventures of Iris and Walter

Based on the books of Elissa Haden Guest, Hollins M.F.A. '12
Adapted By Nicole B. Adkins, Hollins M.F.A. '12

  • February 5 and 6 at 10 am, Hollins Main Stage
  • February 7 at 10 am and 2 pm, Mill Mountain Theatre, Trinkle Stage

We are excited to announce the world premiere production of the adventures of Iris and Walter! Iris is lonely and unhappy when her family moves from the big city to the country, until she climbs a tree and to her surprise meets her new best friend, Walter. A rambunctious baby sister, an ornery cousin, and the exciting school play present the duo with great adventures (and important learning opportunities). Recommended for children of all ages, especially pre-K through fourth grade.

Based on the award winning children's storybooks by Elissa Haden Guest and adapted by Nicole B. Adkins, this Hollins Legacy Series production spotlights two shining stars from the Hollins community of great writers.

"Iris and Walter are endearing individualists, with interesting taste in headgear. They are a refreshing addition for this age group... a perfect pair of friends, created by a perfectly matched team." - School Library Journal

"Guest's elegantly simple, emotionally resonant entry…promises that Iris and Walter will join Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge in a prominent place on the easy- reading shelves.” - The Bulletin

  • Admission: $5 for children, $8 for adults; free to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff


Hollins-Mill Mountain Winter Festival of New Works

Playwright's LabProduced by Hollins Theatre Institute and Mill Mountain Theatre

Feel the thrill of taking part in the development of new work! Actively engage as the first audience to experience these new plays written by playwrights from the Playwright's Lab at Hollins. This event is the cornerstone in the growing partnership between Hollins and MMT, and will feature three never before seen productions presented on the professional stages of Mill Mountain Theatre.

By Will Coleman, Hollins M.F.A. '16
January 16-17, 23-24 at 7:30 pm, January 18 and 25 at 2 pm
Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage

A beautifully lyrical and whimsical play that is certain to grab your heart. With wit and charm, an unlikely guide leads bestselling children's storybook writer Helvetica Burke through the adventures of life and death, family and fantasy, past and present, encountering laughter and tears all along the way.

  • Admission: $10 general


An Initial Condition

An Initial Condition
By Taylor Gruenloh, Hollins M.F.A. '15
Directed by Bob Moss, a distinguished member of Hollins' M.F.A. faculty, and founding artistic director, Playwright's Horizon
February 17-21 at 7:30 pm, February 21-22 at 2 pm
Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage
A determination to create a miracle turns into a journey of the unknown....
Chance, a young mathematician, is brought on to help map out cancer in a young girl's body. His determination to solve the problem of Sarah's illness through mathematical oncology takes Chance to places that are unimaginable: professionally, personally, emotionally, and spiritually.


  • Admission: $10 general



Spring 2015 Production

Little Women, The Broadway Musical
Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott.
Music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, book by Allan Knee.

  • April 10-11, 15-18 at 7:30 pm, April 12 at 2 pm
  • Hollins Main Stage

Every smart girl wants to grow up to be Jo March…especially the aspiring writers! With the kind of creativity that audiences have come to expect from Hollins Theatre, Jo leads you through this timeless captivating story of personal discovery, brought to life through a glorious Broadway score. Set during the Civil War in New England, a mother and four daughters experience heartache, hope and everlasting love.

Sure to be the event of the year for women (young and old), watch our website for exciting special events surrounding the Roanoke premiere of this iconic story. Share the joy of Little Women with your mother, daughter, sister, and the women who fill those roles in so many ways. Men are not only welcome, but encouraged to come and learn why women love Little Women.

  • Admission: $10 general, free to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff

Student-Produced Work

Rockin’ Shakespeare
November 3 and 4 at 7:30 pm
November 5 at 5 pm
Upstairs Studio Theatre

This exciting low-tech showcase, featuring favorite passages of the bard's immortal words, will be created by an ensemble of students under the direction of Hollins Theatre’s 2014 artist-in-residence, Rick Blunt, the comic genius from the American Shakespeare Center’s touring company.

Ten-Minute Play Festival

December 4 at 5 pm
December 5 at 7:30 pm
Upstairs Studio Theatre

Featuring work by national playwrights and spotlighting the winner of Hollins 2014 High School Ten Minute Play Contest, these student produced and directed short plays provide a showcase where Hollins best can flex their creative muscles and show off their growing talent!

Senior Capstone Productions
Upstairs Studio Theatre

Come see what these accomplished students produce in their capstone projects. The Kennedy Center award-winning play, Decision Height, began here.