Department of Theatre & Dance

Department of Theatre & Dance

The Department of Theatre & Dance provides a unique liberal arts experience where students thrive by engaging across difference and critically investigating the world through creative processes.

As artist-scholars from very different disciplines, we engage with students in solving complex problems through high-impact learning experiences that develop critical thinking, an appreciation for complexity and context, and the ability to communicate clearly in a variety of languages (verbal, visual, aural, spatial, behavioral, kinesthetic). While many of our students go on to pursue a life in the performing arts, our fundamental mission is for all our students to develop as well-rounded individuals with a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills to think and act creatively in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging local and global reality.

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Department Mission Statement

The Department of Theatre & Dance is committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. These values are central to the department’s curriculum, scholarship, teaching, art-making practices, and programming. Each student will engage with these values through curricular, intellectual, artistic, and personal endeavors. We commit to finding strength in our diversity, cultivating multiple perspectives, eliminating barriers to participation in the field, and fostering social justice. We uphold these values in our classes, rehearsals, play selections, casting, and our collaborative artistic processes. We continuously build more inclusive and equitable theatre and dance by foregrounding marginalized peoples and histories in our planning and policy decisions. We value creative engagement at the crossroads of theatre, dance, and social justice, traditional and non-traditional theatre, and dance-making practices both on and offstage.
UR Free Theatre & Dance

Accessibility to Art Fosters Community

The University of Richmond Department of Theatre & Dance believes in the power of theatre and dance to build community through art, and that access to the arts should not be limited in any way. In partnership with the School of Arts & Sciences, we have created the UR Free Theatre & Dance initiative in order to remove economic barriers and make theatre and dance accessible to everyone.

UR Free Theatre & Dance Performances

Performance Series Engages

Performances include White Pearl, Fairview, Moving Bodies/Bodies Moving, and Everybody.

All are welcome (be sure to reserve your tickets)!

University Dancers

University Dancers

University Dancers/DANC 306 is an auditioned student dance company of the University of Richmond in the Department Theatre & Dance. Students receive academic credit for participating in University Dancers/DANC 306. Founded in 1985 by Myra Daleng, the company’s current artistic director is Anne Van Gelder.

Auditions are held at the beginning of the fall semester, and students study a variety of dance and movement techniques such as African, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, modern, and non-traditional partnering in company classes (three per week), master classes, and rehearsals.

A member of UD (Danc 306) is not required to be a dance major or minor to be in the company.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Patricia Herrera
Herrera Promoted

Patricia Herrera was promoted to professor of theatre and dance. Dr. Herrera's research explores the social inequities experienced by underrepresented communities, specifically as it relates to Latinx and African American diasporic communities as well as LGBTQ+ people of color. 

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Dr. Patricia Herrera
Herrera Awarded Grant

Dr. Patricia Herrera, associate professor in theatre and dance, along with UR colleagues was awarded grant support for the inter-campus collaborative project, "Participatory History and Archiving: An Initiative to Promote and Support Undergraduate Instruction and Project Outcomes in Community-Based Research and Archiving." Read More

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Dr. Patricia Herrera
Herrera Published

Patricia Herrera, associate professor of theatre, published Nuyorican Feminist Performance From the Café to Hip Hop Theater University of Michigan Press.

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Alicia Díaz
Díaz Debuted at ICA

Alicia Díaz, associate professor of dance, debuted Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond: Bridging Stories of Resistance, a mixed media installation that includes a dance film, altars, and an image board contextualizing the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the US, at the Institute for Contemporary Art.

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Contact Us

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

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

Interim Department Chair: Dr. Olivier Delers
Administrative Coordinator: Rhonda Jackson