Life as a Major
Getting ready for Pajama Game

It's hectic but rewarding! When you begin your studies as a Theatre or Dance major, your life gets busy fast!

In addition to your regular courses in the sciences, English, history, math, and other liberal art courses required for a degree at Southeast, T&D majors take on the additional responsibilities of rehearsals, performing, more rehearsals, design work, memorizing lines, more rehearsals, choreographing, set building, more rehearsals, and more performing! The Theatre & Dance program is intense and focused on making you marketable and desirable in the entertainment industry.

Actors get training in costume design, lighting design, choreography, and box office operations, as well as taking the normal series of acting, combat, movement, and voice courses.

Design students are immersed in CAD drafting, stagecraft techniques, costume rendering, sound design, and lighting design.

In addition to taking a myriad of  jazz, modern, ballet, and tap classes, dancers do work in sound, lighting, and costume design and perform in the department theatre productions or serve on running crews.

Musical theatre majors really hit it hard! In addition to acting classes, the BFA in Musical Theatre students have intensive training in dance and vocal techniques and help in the scenery & costume shops and the box office.

There's no doubt Theatre & Dance majors are a busy bunch! But it’s all aimed at making our students some of the best prepared theatre and dance graduates in the nation. When you graduate from Southeast Missouri State University with a Theatre or Dance degree, we want you to be ready to begin a successful and rewarding career in the performing arts. That’s our focus. Are you ready?


Tamara Howell
River Campus Seminary 454
Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701