Celeste Miller, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance, runs through a rehearsal with students in the Roberts Theatre

Theatre and Dance

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.

2020–2021 Theatre Productions

Dancing Storytime

The Department of Theatre and Dance pairs up with Drake Community Library to bring you Dancing Storytime.

March 6 & 13, April 24, May 1 & 8

10:30 a.m.

Open to all ages! No previous dance experience necessary, just a willingness to have fun with creative movement.

For more information, contact: Karen Neal, Youth Services Director, Drake Library

Dancing children and musical notes

The Alexander “Sandy” Moffett Fund for Practice in Theatre and Dance

What is it?

The Alexander “Sandy” Moffett Fund for Practice in Theatre and Dance will provide individual Grinnell students with opportunities to realize projects that will advance their educational and professional goals and enrich their growth as professionals and as people. The Moffett Award encourages students to pursue a project in line with Sandy Moffett’s legacy and his lively interest and life-long engagement with theatre and dance. Students from all majors and class years are eligible for funding.

Read more about the full guidelines of application.

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. CST, March 1, 2021

Notes About the Department Before Distance Learning that Still Hold True and Will Be Carried Out Virtually

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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Box Office

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Department Information

(641) 269-4420

Bucksbaum Center for the Arts
1108 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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