Patsy Cline
The musical true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with a Houston housewife. See it at the River Campus, part of the Summer Arts Festival, June 16-29.

Welcome to the Conservatory of Theatre & Dance! We offer a professional training program with Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Design & Technology. Our goal is to prepare you for an active and successful career in the performing arts through high-level classroom instruction, high-quality productions, masterclasses by professionals in the industry, and summer internships with professional companies.

The Conservatory of Theatre & Dance is located in the Holland School of Visual & Performing Arts where we offer state-of-the-art training and performance facilities at the $75 million River Campus. Our experienced and highly-trained faculty & staff are dedicated to preparing our students for a life-long career as working professionals in the performing arts. If that’s your dream, we can help you make it come true!

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Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
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