Théâtre à l'italienne
Bud Carlson founded the BC Drama Department in 1968. When
Carlson died in 1969, Bonnie Wallace-Hoffman assumed leadership. Carlson
Theater was built in 1973 and opened in 1975. Up until that time, plays were
produced in a lecture hall nick-named the "StopGap."The StopGap
Theatre still remains as a studio space used for classroom activities as
well as for the StageFright Drama Club.
In 1978, Rob Jackson was
hired as faculty and Manager of the Carlson Theatre to provide full time,
in-house tech support for plays as well as balance curriculum offerings in
In 1987, the department changed directions
to concentrate on full student participation in productions, instituting
its studio theater (StopGap) and colloquium classes, melding academic
work with productions. Over the years, BC Drama has maintained a
constant commitment to producing contemporary dramatic works as well as
re-interpreting the classics.