Set the stage for your career: you’ll do that here.

The River Campus at Southeast is one of the only campuses in the nation devoted solely to the arts and media. The Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to each student’s success and development as they train for a career in the performing arts. You’ll learn from and work beside experienced professionals while earning a degree that will prepare you to make your passion into a life-long profession.

Academic Programs


Discover your path to on-stage success.


Learn skills and techniques to help you thrive in your career in the arts.

Explore Theatre & Dance

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

Practice and hone your skills to prepare you for your career.


Current Production

Students are preparing for the 2021-2022 season right now.

Past Productions

Our students perform a wide variety of shows each year.


  • NAST Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Theatre logo
  • Yamaha Institution of Excellence logo

Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement

Southeast Missouri State University provides student-centered education and experiential learning with a foundation of liberal arts and sciences, embracing a tradition of access, exceptional teaching, and commitment to student success that significantly contributes to the development of the region and beyond.

The Earl and Margie Holland College of Arts & Media prepares students to launch professional careers in the arts, entertainment, and media industries while inspiring excellence, a passion for training, knowledge, critical thinking, creativity, and engaged citizenship. 

The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance is a professional training and liberal arts program with a fourfold mission:

  1. Diverse Technique Training 
  2. Professional Quality Productions 
  3. Career Preparation 
  4. Liberal Arts Education 


Our goal is to provide students with training, experiences, knowledge, and connections to launch a rewarding career in the arts and entertainment industries. Dedicated to the free and open pursuit of broad-based knowledge, Dobbins Conservatory also provides students with a liberal arts education, giving them a multi-faceted view of the world.

Southeast Missouri State University is ranked as a “Best in the Midwest” by US News & World Report as one of the top liberal arts educations at an affordable price, and Dobbins Conservatory is one of the preeminent programs in the Holland College and its beautiful River Campus facilities, Missouri’s only separate campus devoted solely to the arts. 

Dobbins Conservatory has more than 200 undergraduate majors and 20 full-time faculty and staff, plus numerous adjunct faculty, box office, front-of-house, marketing, and River Campus personnel. The Conservatory is also served by the Theatre & Dance Society, an extraordinary community organization dedicated to fundraising for the many co-curricular and extracurricular activities produced each year.

Office Location
River Campus Seminary, 454
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701