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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.

Useful Information

 ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Matthew Ferrell was announced today as a new assistant professor of theatre for Winthrop University’s Department of Theatre and Dance within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Ferrell brings a successful record of teaching and directing theatre, both plays and musicals, within a liberal arts program and is passionate about his craft. He holds an M.F.A. in theatre pedagogy and performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and a B.A. in theatre performance from Emerson College in Boston. Matt has performed professionally in national and European tours, and at regional theatres such as the North Shore Music Theatre, Cape Repertory Theatre, and the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. He has been a member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1994. Matt is an accomplished director of plays and musicals in such venues as Theatre 315 in NY, The Secret Theatre in NY, and the Lexington Music Theatre in MI. Matt will join the Winthrop University community for fall of 2017.

Ferrell was chosen from a broad applicant pool that the search committee narrowed to two finalists. Each finalist interviewed on campus with faculty, staff, students, and administrators within the university.

Daniel Gordon, chairperson of the Department of Theatre and Dance, praised the extensive work of the search committee. “I want to express my appreciation to the search committee members for the excellent work they did in making this selection among over 60 highly qualified candidates,” Gordon said.

Ferrell is a dedicated educator. As his teaching philosophy expresses, “The feeling of a terrific rehearsal or class, or guiding a young actor to a breakthrough is unlike any other I know. It’s as if we, the cast, the class have found our community, a place where we belong, a place where we understand the other’s history. In doing so, we find our way.” We are excited to welcome Matt into the Winthrop community, indeed a place where he belongs.

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a B.A. in Theatre with concentrations in Performance, Design/Technical Theatre, Musical Theatre, or Teacher Certification (K-12), as well as a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Dance Education with Teacher Certification (K-12). The department is home to approximately 170 students and thirteen full-time faculty. Winthrop University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Winthrop’s arts education programs (art, music, theatre and dance) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 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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