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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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    Southeast Students Present Original Choreography in ‘Southeast Dance Project’ Nov. 24

    The Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Theatre and Dance Second Stage Series at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus presents “Southeast Dance Project” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. For the fourth year, The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance’s productions will offer a unique look [...]

    ‘Fall for Dance’ Returns to River Campus Nov. 19-22

    The annual “Fall for Dance” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The returning favorite features original choreography by faculty, guest artists and students in Southeast’s Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, providing [...]

    ‘Christmas Jukebox’ to Kick Off Holiday Season at Southeast

    Celebrate the sounds of the holiday season with the “Big Band Christmas Jukebox,” presented by the Department of Music and The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance on Nov. 13 and 14 at Southeast Missouri State University. The performances will take place on the Academic Hall Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov 13 [...]

    ‘The New Normal’ Scheduled Content Streaming Brings Emotion, Empathy and Entertainment to River Campus Nov. 5-15

    Southeast Missouri State University’s students in The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance will have the opportunity to perform in a new medium when “The New Normal: A Collection of Short Plays” streams in November. “The New Normal” will stream Nov. 5-15. “The New Normal” replaces “Metamorphoses” in the Top of the Marq [...]


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Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701


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