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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.
Rebecca Gangemella, a dance and multimedia journalism double major at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named a finalist for the Sports Video Group (SVG) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) 2019 College Sports Media Award. Gangemella of Warrensburg, Missouri, is among seven finalists for the Outstanding Special Feature, Collegiate Student category [...]
Popular theatre website OnStage Blog has recognized Southeast Missouri State University in its 2019 edition for having the best undergraduate theatre program in Missouri. The ranking reflects the mission of The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance as a professional training and liberal arts program providing diverse technique training, professional quality productions, career [...]
Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus presents “Moving Perspectives: Dance Concert” as a part of the Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Theatre and Dance Series at 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4 in the Rust Flexible Theatre. The show returns to The Conservatory’s productions and will offer another look into the talents of the [...]
Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is offering a summer youth theatre experience to produce Disney’s “The Aristocats KIDS” as part of its 2019 River Campus Summer Arts Festival. Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s “The Aristocats KIDS” is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable [...]