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.
Discover your path to on-stage success.
Learn skills and techniques to help you thrive in your career in the arts.
Explore Theatre & Dance
AuditionsStudents who intend to major in acting, dance, and musical theatre will audition for admittance to their respective programs and for scholarships.
FacilitiesStudents will have full use of all River Campus venues and facilities that includes performance halls, the scene shop, costume shop, and more.
TrainingStudents get to train with experienced faculty and staff in acting, musical theatre, stage combat, and dance.
Practice and hone your skills to prepare you for your career.
Students are preparing for the 2021-2022 season right now.
Our students perform a wide variety of shows each year.
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Mission Statement and Goals
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:
- Diverse Technique Training
- Professional Quality Productions
- Career Preparation
- 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.