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Theatre and Dance

About the Department

The Department of Theatre and Dance fosters individual students’ aesthetic, intellectual, and creative development within the context of a liberal arts education as they pursue a Bachelor of Arts in theatre.  Through class instruction, private coaching, mentoring, and performance, the department advocates both theoretical and creative exploration to achieve an understanding of the social, political, historical, and technological aspects of theatre.  Class size remains small for majors: sometimes as small as five and never more than 25.  The department offers a minor in theatre or dance and welcomes all students to enroll in courses and audition for productions. The department presents four main stage productions (three in theatre, one in dance), two student choreography showcases, and as many as 6 studio dance/theatre productions and other informal performances each year.  The department also regularly hosts festivals, and students join faculty in travel to professional conferences.

Very few undergraduate programs offer this high number of opportunities for students to perform, design, direct, choreograph, stage manage, and run productions.

The department does not require an audition in order to be admitted as a theatre or dance major.  The department does require auditions for scholarship applicants.  Click on the "Scholarships & Awards" link on the left.

Winthrop University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).  Accreditation through these organizations means that the Winthrop University theatre and dance programs meet the highest standards of excellence for faculty expertise, for quality of facilities, for curricular offerings, and for quality of artistic work.

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2017-2018 season



Upcoming auditions open to all Winthrop Students!


Hair auditions will be Monday, August 21 & 22, 2017 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall 
The Mystery of Love and Sex auditions will be Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall
Steel Magnolias auditions will be Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall

Audition sign-up sheets and audition info. will be posted on the wall across from the elevator in Johnson Hall in August

Winthrop Dance Theatre and RockHettes auditions will be Wednesday and Thursday, August 23-24, 2017 6:30 p.m. in Johnson 235

Senior Choreography Showcase auditions will be Tuesday and Wednesday, August 29-30, 2017 6:30 p.m. in Johnson 235 


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