The Department of Theatre and Dance offers students an intensive training program in the performing arts within the context of a liberal arts education. The Bachelor Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional degree designed to prepare students for entrance into the professional performing arts market, while the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree prepares students for graduate programs or post-graduate professional internships. The BA is also intended for students wishing to pursue a career in directing, video or film production, playwriting or screenwriting, or arts management by double-majoring in Television & Film, Creative Writing (English), Management, or Marketing.
The Department’s programming is divided into three major areas:
- Academic and Technique Training
- Career Preparation
Theatre and Dance offers a variety of sequential performance, theory, history, & practical courses in theatre, dance, and musical theatre. Each year, the department produces six major faculty-directed and choreographed productions, two student-directed full length productions, and numerous student-produced projects, resulting in ample opportunity for students to gain technical and performance experience in the River Campus for the Visual and Performing Arts, a new state-of-the-art professional facility with numerous classroom, construction, rehearsal, and performance spaces. The department regularly incorporates outside professional companies and guest artists into its normal on-campus programming, and it strongly emphasizes student professional development through outside internships, master classes, intensives, conventions, festivals, and professional employment.
Musical Theatre (BFA)
Fine Arts Business Entrepreneurship