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Theatre and Dance

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Theatre and Dance

Department Policies

Governance: 

All policies and procedures are subject to the approval of the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance and of the department Chair.  The Chair is the principal officer charged with the enforcement of policies and procedures, although it is the responsibility of all active members of the department to both monitor and adhere to them.  It is the responsibility of the various committees to develop policies and procedures, develop curriculum, select production seasons, and plan future initiatives.

Committees: 

  • Theatre and Dance Department 
  • Membership includes all faculty and the Chair.  This is the primary legislative body of the department.  It must approve all other committee recommendations.  This committee meets at least once a month.
  • Theatre Faculty 
  • Membership includes all theatre faculty and the Chair.  It serves as an advisory committee on all issues directly related to the theatre program.  This committee meets al east once a month.
  • Dance Faculty 
  • Membership includes all dance faculty and the Chair.  It serves as an advisory committee on all issues directly related to the dance program.  This committee meets at least once a month.
  • Curriculum Committee 
    This committee is responsible for developing and overseeing the curriculum, including the preparation of new courses and recommending action on student petitions. This committee meets on an as-needed basis. Membership includes two full-time theatre faculty, two full-time dance faculty, two student members from the Chair's Advisory Council (one theatre and one dance major), and the Chair. The Director of Dance automatically serves as one of the dance faculty members. The committee must always include one member (Theatre or Dance) who also serves on the CVPA curriculum committee. Faculty members are elected by the department’s faculty to serve staggered three-year terms. The student representatives on the Chair’s Advisory Council nominate the two student members. Faculty or student members may be re-elected to the committee to serve consecutive terms.  
  • Season Selection Committee 
    The faculty of the department serves as committee-of-the-whole in developing the season of productions and reviewing all production policies and procedures. The department chair will solicit student input on season selection through the Chair’s Advisory Council.
  • Safety and Security Committee
    The Building Supervisor is the chair of the committee and a permanent member. The committee shall also include the department chair, at least one full-time theatre faculty member, and at least one full-time dance faculty member. Faculty members are elected by the department’s faculty to serve staggered three-year terms. Faculty members may be re-elected to the committee to serve consecutive terms.  
  • Student Recruitment Committee
    The faculty of the department serves as committee-of-the-whole in developing materials, strategies, and programming related to recruitment of new students.
  • Task Forces 
  • Task Forces are developed on an as needed basis to develop special projects for the department.  These committees are intended to by highly active but short-lived.
  • Special Assignments 
  • Special assignments have ongoing responsibilities but do not require the work of a committee and are appointed by the Chair.
  • Archivist 
  • The Archivist is responsible for maintaining department production archives (including:  posters, programs, publicity, reviews, photos, slides, and videotapes).  Also responsible for bulletin boards and lobby displays for productions.
  • Library Liaison 
  • The Library Liaison is responsible for coordinating department purchases for the library.
  • Alpha Psi Omega Advisor 
  • Serves as faculty advisor and department liaison to the Winthrop chapter of the national honorary society.
  • Terpsichore advisor 
  • Serves as faculty advisor and department liaison to the Winthrop dance interest club.
  • Improv This! Advisor 
  • Serves as faculty advisor and department liaison to the Winthrop improvisational performance club.
  • Nu Delta Alpha Advisor 
  • Serves as faculty advisor and department liaison to the Winthrop chapter of the national honorary society.
  • Skin Deep Advisor 
  • Serves as faculty advisor and department liaison to the Winthrop social theatre performance club.

Grievances: 

Students have the right to voice their concerns to anyone.  However, there are usually channels of communication, which will lead to a less stressful resolution of the problem for everyone. The following are recommendations of the least stressful routes:

  • Concerns or question regarding department policies or procedures should be directed to the Chair.  If your complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, it should be referred to the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Concerns regarding Instructor policies or procedures or course requirements should be directed first to the Instructor. If the complaints are not satisfactorily resolved they should be referred to the Academic Adviser and then the Chair.
  • Concerns regarding production policies or procedures should be directed first to either the Production Director or the Technical Director.  If the complaints are not satisfactorily resolved they should be referred to the Chair.
  • Concerns regarding facilities or equipment should be directed to the Technical Director. If the complaints are not satisfactorily resolved they should be referred to the Chair.