Southeast Missouri State University

Hairspray - Behind the Scenes
Get a behind the scenes look as faculty, students, and community members prepare for the River Campus production of Hairspray

Welcome to the Department 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 Department 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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  • Dr. Kenneth L. Stilson to be Honored with PRIDE Award

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, Dec. 15, 2014 – “Stirring people’s emotions, making them feel something deeply, whether it be laughter, love, anger, revenge, triumph” – this deeply rooted passion is at the heart of what makes Dr. Kenneth L. Stilson tick. He will be rewarded for his fervor with Southeast Missouri State University’s 2014 PRIDE Award […]
  • Theatre Students Presenting Directing I Scenes Dec. 16-17

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 3, 2014 – Theatre students at Southeast Missouri State University will present a series of short scenes as the culmination of their “Directing I” projects Dec. 16 and 17 in the Directing Studio at Southeast’s River Campus Center, Room 114. The two-evening series at 7:30 p.m. will consist of various 10-12-minute […]
  • Hysterical Comedies ‘Durang, Durang’ to be Performed in Second Stage Series

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 1, 2014 – “Durang, Durang” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. “Durang, Durang” consists of three absurd short comedies by Christopher Durang: “Naomi in the Living Room,” “Wanda’s Visit,” and “For Whom the Southern Belle […]
  • ‘Last Chance to Dance-Fall’ to Feature Student Choreographed Pieces

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 1, 2014 – Dance pieces will be featured in the Theatre and Dance Second Stage Series event, “Last Chance to Dance-Fall,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. “Last Chance to Dance-Fall” allows a student the opportunity to […]
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