The Conservatory of Theatre & Dance

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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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  • Southeast Musical ‘An American Hero’ Selected to Prestigious New York Musical Festival

    “An American Hero,” a musical co-written by 2017 Southeast Missouri State University graduate Cody Cole of O’Fallon, Missouri, and Dr. Kenneth L. Stilson, Chair of Southeast’s Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, has been selected to be performed in this summer’s New York Musical Festival (NYMF). The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and […]
  • River Campus Offers First Ever Summer Season Ticket

    For the first time, a summer season ticket is now available for all three performances scheduled this summer at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The $40 season ticket is good for admission to “Legally Blonde Jr.,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The 39 Steps.” Summer season tickets must be purchased by May 31. “Legally […]
  • ‘Punk Rock’ Takes Stage at Southeast’s River Campus March 8-10

    The trials and errors of high school will be depicted in “Punk Rock” presented at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus at 7:30 p.m. March 8-10 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. Premiering in 2009 at the Lyric Hammersmith in London, “Punk Rock” is staged in a private school outside of Manchester, England, where […]
  • Extravaganza to Send Theatre and Dance Students to NYC, Los Angeles to Network with Industry Professionals

    Get lost in the world of theatre and dance with students from Southeast Missouri State University as they perform two acts featuring a variety of numbers from multiple shows along with original choreography at The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s Extravaganza on March 22. This night of entertainment – including acting, singing, dancing — allows […]
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Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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