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Theatre and Dance

Welcome to the Department of Theatre & Dance

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CHAIR: Robert W. Smith

Who Are We?

We believe that theatre and dance are rewarding and compelling choices for study because they reflect the human spirit through performance. Our dedicated students strive for excellence from the classroom to the studio and stage. Our award-winning faculty serve to inspire and challenge each student's artistic and intellectual potential.

The Department offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre that balances a broad liberal arts perspective with the specifics of professional training focused on either performance or design and production. Anchored in the classical tradition, the program examines theatre through aesthetic education and criticism, creative expressions, and historical and socio-cultural perspectives. Our theatres graduates are prepared for placement in professional theatres, graduate school, or related fields.

Minors in dance and theatre are also available.

Visit the Admissions Office online for a Departmental Profile Fact Sheet listing scholarships and awards and career and performing opportunities.

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What Sets Us Apart?

The Bobbi Biron Theatre Program and the Dance Program are presented as integral parts of a broad-based liberal arts education. This means that our 90 majors and minors are engaged in the challenging and meaningful study of theatre and dance as a means of communication, cultural expression and creativity. It also means that our students will graduate as scholars, writers, and researchers.

Our small classes ensure that each student is a familiar face who receives individual attention in the classroom, and by extension, the rehearsal or advising setting. The mix of theoretical and applied coursework is balanced by design and performance experiences that require participation in all aspects of production. This combination develops skills, knowledge, and a professional work ethic that prepare our students to enter professional and related fields, pursue graduate study, and participate as discerning educated consumers and supporters of the arts.

The Department's Theatre and Dance Season of seven mainstage productions runs parallel to the academic year and provides performance opportunities for all university students. The Bobbi Biron Theatre presents a range of plays from the 18th century to the present. The SU Dance Company is regarded as "a consistently quality organization . . . one of the more innovative of local arts ensembles in terms of its repertoire and its use of guest artists in residence." Sophanes is the student theatre club.

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What Do Our Alumni Say?

"My experience in the Bobbi Biron Theatre Program gave me a wealth of production and design experience. This helped me to build a portfolio and gain a larger view of the theatrical process."

"I always tell people of the faculty's lasting impact in helping me to find the confidence I needed to succeed at being me in life. They were an amazing positive force and I am eternally grateful."

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