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 andstudent choreography showcases, and five 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.
Our Next Production!
Things My Mother Taught Me
Olivia and Gabe are ready to start their new lives together, until their parents show up, much to Olivia's surprise. The parents quickly begin to clean and do all they can to help. With this comedy about young love, old love and families, Katherine DiSavino explores the lessons parents pass on to their kids, sometimes without even knowing it. Mild adult themes and language.
Wednesday, September 28 - Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m.Sunday October 2 at 2 p.m.
Johnson Studio TheatreUpcoming auditions open to all Winthrop Students!
Spring Awakening auditions Tuesday, August 23 6:30-9:30 p.m. Johnson Lobby
Things My Mother Taught Me auditions Wednesday, August 24 6:30-9:30 p.m. Johnson Lobby
Winthrop Dance Theatre and RockHettes auditions Wednesday and Thursday, August 24, 25 6:30 p.m. 235 Johnson
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