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Theatre and Dance

College of Visual and Performing Arts

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 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.

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Our Next Production!

Legally Blonde The Musical
Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Neil Benjamin
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie,
"Legally Blonde The Musical" follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she 
tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.
This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs 
and dynamic dances.  Equal parts hilarious and heartwarming, this musical
is so much fun it should be illegal!

Wednesday through Saturday, February 17-20, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m.

Upcoming auditions open to all Winthrop Students!
Junior Choreography Dance Showcase 
Tuesday and Wednesday, January 19 & 20  at 6:30 p.m. call with auditions beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Johnson Hall J235 

Spring One-Acts 
Monday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.with call backs March Wednesday March 9
Johnson Lobby and Johnson 103

Johnson Theatre 

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