The Department of Theatre and Dance serves the entire college community by offering curricular and co-curricular theatre activities that are open to the entire student body. Our degree programs are designed to prepare students for professional careers in theatre, non-profit administration, or entrance into graduate study. This pre-professional training is rooted in dramatic classics along with the best works by contemporary dramatists providing students with a well-rounded production experience. Our faculty consists of award-winning theatre professionals and nationally and internationally working academics who work to prepare students for careers in theatre and related fields, as well as provide life-affirming experiences for both the practitioner and audiences, revealing truths about the human experience in a dynamic way. Our aim is to provide a nurturing and challenging educational environment through a rich diversity of theatre and dance disciplines, techniques, technologies and productions. Central to our focus as a department is hands-on production-based learning, and personalized mentoring; our classroom encompasses the studio, the stage, and the technical laboratory.
Our students are encouraged to seek summer employment in theatrical endeavors according to their interests, to participate in professional organizations, to attend conferences and workshops (such as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in which the department participates yearly), to work on Discovery projects, and to take on lead assignments in the mounting of departmental productions.