Southeast Missouri State University

The Department of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University is delighted that you are interested in pursuing a professional career in theatre, dance, film, and television. No doubt, you are in the midst of deciding which university you wish to attend after high school. This is one of the most important decisions you will make in launching a successful career.

Southeast Missouri State University offers one of the most affordable, quality, liberal arts educations in the nation, and the Department of Theatre & Dance is at the core of the Holland School of Visual & Performing Arts and the $54 million River Campus facilities. The Department of Theatre & Dance is an intensive professional training program within the context of a liberal arts education designed to prepare you for advanced educational programs, internships and professional careers in the performing arts. Yes, you can make a living doing what you love to do.

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers the following degree programs and minors:

The department has fourteen full-time professional faculty, professional staff, and approximately 160 majors. Each year, the department produces six major faculty-directed and choreographed productions, two second-stage productions, plus a multitude of one-acts, cabarets, informal dance concerts, touring shows, recitals and showcases with student directors, choreographers, designers, technicians, and performers. In addition, the department co-produces the Fault Line Film Festival with the Department of Mass Media and the Innovation Center. There is ample opportunity to practice your art.

The department also regularly incorporates outside professional companies and guest artists into its normal on-campus programming, and it strongly emphasizes student professional development through outside professional jobs, internships, masterclasses, conventions and festivals. Each May, the Department of Theatre & Dance even takes its top graduating seniors to New York City for a showcase in front of the industry’s top producers, agents, managers, and casting directors.

The only true way to select a program that is right for you is to visit. Therefore, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our faculty, staff and students, to participate in classes for a day, and to see a production. We are delighted to answer your questions about our program and career opportunities. We are also happy to discuss our generous scholarship and workship programs.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Theatre & Dance. We look forward to helping you nurture your performing arts career while “Experiencing Southeast.”

Dr. Kenneth Stilson

Department Philosophy