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 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.
FALL THEATRE AUDITIONS
Jane Eyre, by Polly Teale
Tuesday August 25 at 6:30 pm Johnson Hall Lobby
Studio Theatre Productions of Jeffrey and The 39 Steps
Wednesday August 26 at 7:00 pm Johnson Hall Lobby
FALL DANCE AUDITIONS
WINTHROP DANCE THEATRE and THE ROCKHETTES
Wednesday and Thursday August 26 and 27 Johnson 235 Dance Studio
For more info and to sign up for an audition slot: Contact the department office, Johnson 115 firstname.lastname@example.org 803/323-2287
Our Next Production!
by Paul Rudnick
Wednesday, September 30 through Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Johnson Studio Theatre
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