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The Department of Theatre and Dance provides a unique liberal arts experience where students thrive by engaging across difference and critically investigating the world through creative processes. We are committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. These values are central to the Department's curriculum, scholarship, teaching, artmaking practices and programming.

Feature Stories

Senior Choreography Presentation

Senior choreographers Julia Marcellino, Briana Williams, Julia Oates, Cristina Peters, along with Natalie Alessio (not pictured) presented their original choreography in a showcase on April 25. 

Matt DiCintio, '00When Matt DiCintio, ’00, began researching early American tavern performances, he expected to find advertisements for short plays. Instead, he found a strongwoman. And then a lion. Similar characters and animals kept appearing. That’s when DiCintio, a history buff with “a taste for the bizarre and offbeat,” knew he’d found the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Read More
University Dancers: IN/MOTION
University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance

Faculty Highlights

  • Hayes Awarded Phil Hayes has been awarded a 2019 Medallion by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
  • Feldman Translation Performed

    LALIS professor Sharon Feldman’s English translation of Liberto, an award-winning Catalan play by Gemma Brió, was given a professional staged reading in the performance space of the Instituto Cervantes in New York City. 

  • Herrera Named Distinguished Educator

    Theatre professor Patricia Herrera was named a 2018 University of Richmond Distinguished Educator.

  • Diaz Choreography Featured

    Dance professor Alicia Diaz's piece wise as serpents was performed by the University Dancers as part of the American College Dance Association Gala at VCU.

     

  • Diaz Article

    Professor Alicia Diaz was interviewed by Puerto Rican dance writer Susan Homar, who published an article/interview discussing her work in the Puerto Rican online publication "80 Grados." 

  • Stegmeir Designs Opera Costumes

    Theatre professor Johann Stegmeir designed costumes for a new opera production of Cinderella, written by 12 year-old musical prodigy Alma Deutscher. The opera is being presented in San Jose, California by the Packard Humanities Institute.

  • Reynoso Award

    Theatre professor Josafath Reynoso won the Gold Award for Emerging Designer at the 2017 World Stage Design exhibition in Taipei. Reynoso won the award for his design of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Triad Stage in North Carolina.

  • 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.

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Videos

University Dancers: IN/MOTION

University Dancers: IN/MOTION

Spring 2019 Dance show

University Dancers: Converge

University Dancers: Converge

Spring 2018 dance show

University Dancers: Nexus

University Dancers: Nexus

Spring 2017 dance highlights

Caroline Weber,

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,

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 "Momentum", Modlin Center for the Arts

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

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 "Intimate Apparel", Modlin Center for the Arts

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
University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui : Fall 2013

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

Interim Department Chair: Sharon Feldman
Administrative Coordinator: Rhonda Jackson