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. Dance students are admitted as pre-dance majors and may apply for full admission to the dance major in their second semester. For more information about admission to the dance major, click on the "About Dance" link in the drop-down menu below "About the Department" on the left. 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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Department of Theatre and Dance 2011-12 Annual Report (pdf)