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The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance

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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 professional 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.


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    Fault Line Film Festival Screening Aug. 29 to Showcase a Decade of Student Talent

    The Fault Line Film Festival will hold a screening of past student-produced film entries Sunday Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. in Forrest H. Rose Theatre at Southeast Missouri State University. The free screening is open to the public. Popcorn and door prizes will be available. Face coverings will be required. The screening will feature a [...]

    River Campus Announces 2021-22 Season Lineup

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus announces the event lineup for a remarkable season of music, art, theater and dance during the 2021-22 season. The 15th River Campus season invites patrons to enjoy a variety of visual and performing arts events by Southeast’s departments of music, art and design, The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of [...]

    Southeast Dance Graduate Earns Selective Spot at Cirque du Soleil Training Program

    Kyndall Walton, a recent graduate of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University, will soon attend a Cirque du Soleil training program at the San Diego Circus Center. Cirque du Soleil’s talent development program NexGen is a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and select talent training centers to [...]

    Gov. Parson Signs Bill Designating Southeast with a Statewide Mission in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Visual and Performing Arts

    Gov. Mike Parson signed House Bill 297 (HB 297) into law on Tuesday, July 13, officially designating Southeast Missouri State University as an institution of higher education with a statewide mission in the areas of computer science, cybersecurity, and visual and performing arts. Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas was at the ceremony in Jefferson City [...]


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Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701


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