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Tantrum Theater uses Ohio Arts Council funding to build local junior high drama club

For a small community like Athens, drama and performance have a huge role in both entertainment and building relationships. Tantrum Theater, a local professional theater within the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, elevates this love of drama with the Athens Middle School Drama Club.

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Local eighth graders explore Athens’ Black history with podcasting pros in tandem with Tantrum Theater’s opening of ‘Hotel Berry’

Eighth graders at Athens Middle School have created a series of podcasts about Black history to be released in conjunction with Tantrum Theater’s debut of the “Hotel Berry” play. The project is a collaboration between Tantrum, regional history podcast Invisible Ground, the  Athens Photo Project, the Athens Middle School Andrew Jackson Davison Club, and multimedia production professionals Brian Koscho, Evan Shaw, Yaphet Jackman, and Nicki Mazzocca. An Ohio Humanities grant was awarded to Tantrum Theater to fund the project.

Listen to the full episodes on Invisible Ground

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‘Hotel Berry’ production to tell untold stories of Athens, highlight Black community

The Ohio University College of Fine Arts professional theater company, Tantrum Theater, is producing a new work that will hit the stage in November.

The story of the Berry Hotel, just one of many untold parts of Athens history, will be taking the stage starting Thursday, Nov. 17, with the help of a playwright, local historians, community members, students and Ohio University faculty. 


Tantrum Theater to receive $10,000 in grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

May 12, 2021

Tantrum Theater, Ohio University’s professional theater, has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support a Tantrum Theater Community Commission.

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