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Department News

Congratulations to this year's student award winners:

Jim Hillgartner Award: Meg Clark
Myra Daleng Award: Kylie McCormick

Feature Stories

University Dancers Perform at ACDA ConferenceUniversity Dancers recently returned from attending the American College Dance Association Mid-Atlantic conference in Charlotte, NC. UR presented "Regard de Femmes," choreographed by Alexandra Damiani, and Kylie McCormick’s senior thesis capstone dance piece, "Arrow of Time," in a concert adjudicated by nationally recognized dance professionals. "Regard de Femmes" was selected to be performed in the prestigious conference-culminating gala concert.
Gordon Schmidt
Alana Wiljanen, '17Already familiar with being on stage, Alana Wiljanen, '17, worked back-of-house during a summer apprencticeship with Firehouse Theatre in Richmond. Read More

Faculty Highlights

  • Documenting a Changing Neighborhood

    Dr. Laura Browder and Dr. Patricia Herrera had their SSIR course featured on Virginia Currents. Their course, Documenting a Changing Neighborhood, allowed students to engage with the Richmond neighborhood of Church Hill to explore issues of gentrification.

  • Stegmeir works on PBS Drama

    Theatre department chair Johann Stegmeir served as associate costume designer on the PBS drama Mercy Street, which was just renewed for a second season.

  • Diaz and Thornton perform in New York

    Dance professors Alicia Diaz and Matthew Thornton performed at the Pregones Theater in New York City with their dance company Agua Dulce Dance Theater. Diaz was interviewed by Culturebot about Deep Listenings, a piece that explores her Puerto Rican heritage.

  • New Play Premieres

    REMNANTS, co-written and co-directed by Dr. Patricia Herrera, recently premiered as part of the Theatre and Dance department's mainstage season. Style Weekly previewed the show.

Upcoming Events

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Videos

Caroline Weber, '17:

Caroline Weber, '17: "Urban Dreams"

Caroline's dance piece "Urban Dreams" will be featured at the University Dancers Annual Spring Concert "Nexus" (Feb 2017)

Kylie McCormick, '17:

Kylie McCormick, '17: "Arrow of Time"

Kylie's dance piece "Arrow of Time" will be featured at the University Dancers Annual Spring Concert "Nexus" (Feb 2017)

30-second clips of Momentum

30-second clips of Momentum

Behind the Scenes of

Behind the Scenes of "Momentum", Modlin Center for the Arts

Behind the scenes with the University Dancers in preparation for their spring dance show "Momentum". Show was directed by Anne Van Gelder. (Spring 2016)

Behind the Scenes, Jordan Matter, R'91

Behind the Scenes, Jordan Matter, R'91

Behind the scenes with 1991 alumnus Jordan Matter as he shoots the cover and other photos for the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of University of Richmond Magazine (magazine.richmond.edu).

Behind the Scenes of

Behind the Scenes of "Intimate Apparel", Modlin Center for the Arts

Behind the Scenes of "Intimate Apparel", a Modlin Center for the Arts theatre production. Show will be November 19-22, 2015.

University Dancers- Highlights from @30

University Dancers- Highlights from @30

University Dancers 2014 Spring Concert

University Dancers 2014 Spring Concert

Remnants

Remnants

Students prepare for an evening performance of “Remnants” - an original hip-hop musical co-written by Patricia Herrera, assistant professor of theatre, and José Joaquín Garcia - with yoga, vocal warm-ups, dance practice, costume checks, and more. (Spring 2015)

The Art of Movement

The Art of Movement

Assistant professor of dance Matthew Thornton shares how his professional affiliation with Agua Dulce Dance Theater informs his teaching at the University of Richmond. (2013)

University Dancers- Highlights from Shifting Ground

University Dancers- Highlights from Shifting Ground

Jazzed - University Dancers Spring Concert 2012

Jazzed - University Dancers Spring Concert 2012

Past Productions

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Department of Theatre and Dance
Modlin Center for the Arts
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8592
Fax: (804) 287-1841
Box office: (804) 289-8980

Department Chair: Johann Stegmeir
Administrative Coordinator: Debbie Mullin