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The Department of Theater and Dance provides a wide variety of academic courses and practical experience for approximately 85 majors and 50 minors in five areas of specialization: Performance, Dance, Design and Technical Theater, Theater Education, and Theater History/Literature/Criticism.
The Department produces four Main Stage theater productions and one dance concert each academic year in the Main Theater in Dunham Hall and The Metcalf Theater, a black box with flexible seating for 150. We also offer a variety of productions by the Student Experimental Theater Organization, Black Theater Workshop, a Student Dance Concert, and an Evening of One-Act Plays. The Cougar Theater Company and University Dance Company are comprised of student majors who tour theater and dance to area schools, festivals and conferences. During the summer, we produce a semi-professional season of musicals and plays called Summer Showbiz and run the Xfest, a four-day festival of experimental theater productions and master classes presented by invited professional companies from around the nation.
Our Department offers two exciting study abroad opportunities. The London Theater Study Abroad course is offered every other year in the summer. In addition we have begun a study program in Suriname, South America in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology.
The theater program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST). Please contact the Department for more information by calling (618) 650-2773. We look forward to welcoming you to the department and to your career in the performing arts.