- The School of Arts & Sciences and the University of Richmond support an excellent and integrated program in the visual and performing arts.
- We recruit serious visual and performing arts students who want to pursue their talents in the context of a liberal arts education.
- We support an innovative curriculum that fosters high-level capabilities among students who specialize in the arts, and encourages participation in the arts for all students.
- We emphasize mentoring of undergraduates at the heart of this education.
- We support creative and scholarly research by faculty, guest artists and scholars, and students; high quality programs and presentations by the Modlin Center and University Museums; and collaborative projects among departments and the entire University.
- We support first-rate academic, performance, and exhibition opportunities to nurture arts awareness campus wide and in our local region.
- We partner with vibrant arts, music, and museum communities in the City of Richmond and the region.
Why Theatre and 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.