Tap into your authentic self—dance, act, design, direct, critique, and create.
If you want to experience theatre and dance from several different perspectives — by performing, directing, designing sets, creating your own performances, and critically reading and interpreting performance texts—you’ll have plenty of opportunities. You’ll learn to apply theory to performance and expand your creative and critical skills. With three on-campus theatres, several main-stage productions, well-supported student performances, and a lively community that embraces difference, you’ll be able to ground theory in practice. Working with expert faculty who are themselves actors, dancers, designers, directors, and scholars, you’ll experience close mentoring that will guide you in your chosen direction, whether that’s post-graduate study or a career in the arts.
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Whether you love to perform, design sets, read and study plays, or want to direct or create your own performances, the Department of Theatre and Dance can provide all of those opportunities. Students are encouraged to explore all facets of theatre and dance both within and outside of the College, and the importance of hands-on experience when it comes to performing and creating and studying. Guests from around the world regularly come to campus to enhance our program. Recently we’ve had guests from Second City, New York, Chicago, Taiwan, England, and alumni like Peter Coyote ’64. We have also sent students to Taiwan for advanced theatre projects, had students go to Minneapolis and Chicago to work with professional dance companies, and regularly send students to study abroad. With three on-campus theatres and a lively community of actors, dancers, designers, faculty and staff, and academicians, our department is a rich and vibrant one that produces four main-stage productions a year as well as supporting student performances, touring shows, and works sponsored/created by other departments. Everyone is invited to be involved in the theatre and dance department, whether it is your major or not, and no matter what your level of experience is. There is always something for everyone in our department.
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