Welcome to the Earl & Margie Holland School of Visual & Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University, Department of Theatre & Dance. We are delighted you are interested in pursuing a professional career in the performing arts. No doubt, you are in the midst of deciding which university you wish to attend after high school. As I am sure you are aware, this is one of the most important (and scariest) decisions you will make in launching a successful career.

Southeast Missouri State University is ranked as "Best in the Midwest" by US News & World Report as one the top liberal arts educations at an affordable price, and the Department of Theatre & Dance is one of the preeminent professional training programs in the prestigious Holland School and its world-class River Campus facilities, Missouri's only separate campus solely devoted to the arts. This arts school and campus, which opened in 2007, has been so successful, we are thrilled to announce the opening of our new River Campus Expansion—additional acting and dance studios, student dormitories, full-service cafeteria, workout and training rooms, and offices.

The Department of Theatre & Dance is an intensive training program, which is a proud member of the esteemed National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), and the university expects to complete accreditation process with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) within the next two years. Operating within the context of a liberal arts education designed to give students a solid foundation from which to launch a career in theatre, dance, film, & TV, you can indeed make a living doing what you love.

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

The department has 16 full-time professional faculty & staff, and approximately 175 majors. Each year, the department produces 6 major, faculty-directed/choreographed productions, 2 second stage productions, numerous cabarets and showcases, student-directed one-acts, and student choreographed dance concerts, and the department co-produces the annual Fault Line Film Festival, all of which give our students ample experiences in one of our professionally equipped theatres or studios. 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, master classes, conventions, and festivals. Each May, the department also offers a New York City Showcase for graduating seniors.

Please browse our website, and 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 Holland School, Theatre & Dance—where "Careers are Launched."

If you have any additional queries about Southeast Missouri State University, the Holland School, or the Department of Theatre & Dance, please contact me at 573-651-2149 or email me at this address: kstilson@semo.edu

In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to click on the Prospective Student link and register for Auditions/Interviews for the Admission into the BFA/BA Programs. These auditions/interviews will also make you eligible for consideration of a Southeast Theatre & Dance Talent Scholarship.

My very best,

Dr. Kenneth Stilson
E-mail: kstilson@semo.edu


Janice Bittle
River Campus Seminary 454
Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701