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Theatre & Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance supports the University’s commitment to providing students with a true liberal arts education. By educating the whole person and positioning human issues and ideas at the center of all its productions and courses, the department creates actors, dancers and performers who understand the human condition and express human experiences and aspirations through performance.

Students who study theatre and dance pay rigorous attention to analysis, consider diverse points of view, appreciate historical and theoretical perspectives and enjoy creative collaboration. Graduates say that the program prepared them to think critically, communicate ideas effectively and to solve problems creatively—all skills that are beneficial both inside and outside the arts world. To facilitate collaboration, the department works hard to provide an atmosphere that maximizes interaction between students, faculty, staff and guest artists. By producing public productions, students gain vital experience and enrich the cultural and intellectual life of the University and its surrounding community.

Recent theatre and dance majors have graduated and gone on to act in TV and in regional theatre productions, to dance professionally, to stage manage, to work for children’s theatre companies and to design in the professional arena. Other theatre and dance majors have found fulfilling careers in professions that support the arts — working in public relations and marketing, teaching or for theatrical agencies. Theatre and dance majors find that their liberal arts education makes them very marketable for a range of careers, both inside and outside the arts.