theatre & dance STUDENT resources


    Students can find all of the policies and procedures related to the Department of Theatre and Dance below. From safety policies, to dress code, it can all be found HERE.

    Participation opportunities in theatre and dance are readily available in both production and performance each semester and students are encouraged to be actively involved.  The department produces four mainstage productions (three in theatre, one in dance), two choreography showcases, and six studio theatre productions each year.  Academic credit is available and encouraged for production work.

    Participation in Winthrop Theatre and Dance productions is open to all Winthrop students.  The department casting policy states:

    "The Department of Theatre and Dance at Winthrop University encourages all students to audition for and participate in theatre and dance productions.  The department practices non-traditional casting which allows for ethnic minorities and females to be cast in roles where race, ethnicity, and/or gender are not absolutely essential to the artistic work."

    Audition notices are posted on campus, in The Johnsonian, and announced in theatre and dance classes.  Audition procedures and casting are at the discretion of the director.  Students interested in stage managing for faculty directed productions are encouraged to apply to the department chair.  Crew vacancies are filled with the approval of the Technical Director.

    There are unified theatre auditions held three times a year; once in August for all fall theatre productions, in November for early spring theatre productions, and in January/February for the remainder of the season.  All students, regardless of major, are encouraged to audition for all productions.  During the unified audition period students will have the opportunity to sign-up and audition for any and all productions for that semester.  After the initial audition, the directors will post callback lists on the production callboard by the elevator.  Students on the callback lists should read the callback instructions, initial their names, and attend callbacks as scheduled.  After the callback period, the directors will meet to discuss casting options and generate their cast lists.  The cast lists will then be posted on the production call board.  Students must have a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to be cast in all theatre productions.

    Auditions for Winthrop Dance Theatre will be held the first week of classes of the fall semester. Dancers should come to the audition prepared with appropriate dance attire and knowledge of their semester schedule. Each choreographer will hold individual auditions for their pieces, and students are encouraged to audition for pieces according to scheduled rehearsal times. Call back auditions will be announced and final cast lists will be posted as soon as possible.  Students auditioning for all dance concerts must have a 2.5 GPA to be eligible to be cast.

    In addition to the three technical theatre practicum courses (THRA 378, 379, and 173), students may receive practicum credit for substantial work on a theatre or dance production.  They do not have to be a major to receive credit.  The student requests to receive practicum credit from the director, designer or technical director in charge of the production.  If the student's work has been sufficient to warrant a one-hour practicum, the director or technical director will submit the student's name and he or she will receive a grade for one credit hour of THRA 370.  THRA 370 may be repeated for up to six hours of practicum credit.  Students may be involved with more productions, but may only receive six hours practicum credit.

    Winthrop Dance Theatre functions as a repertory class during the year under DANA 443: Dance Production:  Practicum and DANA 444: Dance Production:  Performance.  Auditions are held during the first week of the fall semester.  Rehearsals are scheduled throughout the semester.  Students who do not meet performance requirements will be expected to meet production requirements to receive credit.  All participating students will be expected to sign a contract and register for one technique class. The repertory includes works choreographed by various artists.  In addition to Winthrop performances, many other opportunities are available. Auditions will be held again in the spring semester for the Student Choreography Showcase.

    Students developing their own projects, directing studio productions, and designing for either the studio or mainstage may request from 1-3 credits of Independent Study. Your advisor will help you develop a proposal, select a supervisor and determine the appropriate number of credit hours.

      For Information on Auditions and Employment:

      Search FREE for jobs in the performing arts at Variety online.

      A one-year internship to develop leadership and job skills.


      Go to  This site provides a state-by-state guide to arts internships.

      The Cultural and heritage Museum of York County has a variety of internshps for the summer.


      The Institute of Outdoor Theatre (IOT) was founded in 1963 as an organization dedicated to serving the American historical outdoor drama movement.  In the ensuing years, its scope expanded and grew internationally to include Shakespeare festivals, religious plays, musicals and all other types of plays always with the shared characteristic of outdoor performance.  To reflect this growth, the organization changed its name in 2014 to the Institute of Ourdoor Theatre (IOT).


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    Actor's Theatre of Charlotte
    American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    American Alliance for Theatre and Education
    American College Dance Association
    American Dance Festival 
    Americans for the Arts (Arts Education Advocacy)
    Americans for the Arts Internship Information
    Arts and Sciences Counci (ASC) is a Charlotte-based Arts Education Advocacy and granting organization. 
    Association of Theatre in Higher Education
    Association of Theatre Movement Educators
    Bates Summer Dance Festival 
    Bates Summer Dance Festival Internship Information
    Charlotte Ballet
    Charlotte Regional Partnership Film Office
    Climb Theatre has full-tme employment for theatre graduates and internships for student. 
    Dance USA
    Dragonukconnetcs.  This is a website for performing arts professionals to connect to jobs.  It's free to sign up.
    Educational Theatre Association (International Thespians)
    First On Stage features a collection of historical "firsts" in American musical theatre. It should appeal to students of the art form, along with those who love music, theatre, history and popular culture. It should also be a helpful resource for those who are teaching in any of the above subjects. Though it has a "dot com" designation, the site is in no way commercial.
    Jacob's Pillow Dance
    Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (Region IV)
    National Dance Education Organization
    National Association of Schools of Dance
    National Association of Schools of Theatre
    National Standards for Arts Education
    Nu Delta Alpha (Dance Honorary Society)
    Pentacle Management (Dance and Performance Art)
    Performing Arts Managers Conference is Affiliated with the International Association of Assembly Managers
    Production Resource Group (PRG) is the world's leading supplier of entertainment and event technology with 31 locations globally.
    Rock Hill Community Theatre 
    South Carolina Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    South Carolina Arts Commission
    South Carolina Theatre Association
    Southeastern Theatre Conference
    Theatre Charlotte
    United Professional Theatre Auditions (UPTA) includes professional auditions for dance as well as theatre.
    United State Institute for Theatre Technology
    University/Resident Theatre Association

      Student directors will enroll in at least three credits prior to beginning any work on the production. The number of credits enrolled will be determined by an agreement between the student director and the faculty member supervising the project.

      Student directors will:

      • meet all production schedule deadlines as posted on the departmental production calendar.
      • meet all deadlines (set by the supervising faculty member) for the various assignments involved in the project.
      • attend all concept meetings and all production meetings.
      • hold individual conferences with the faculty supervisor at least once per week.
      • complete the project within the allocated budget.

      The student director will complete the following in the process of presenting the show:

      • work with administrative specialist to obtain permissions and confirm royalty quote;
      • write a script analysis;
      • work with stage manager to prepare audition forms and related materials;
      • work with stage manager to prepare preliminary rehearsal schedule;
      • insure that stage manager is submitting daily rehearsal logs to faculty supervisor and technical director;
      • prepare preliminary prompt book;
      • maintain rehearsal notes;
      • work with promotions staff to prepare publicity copy;
      • assemble final prompt book/project summary

      40% Quality Factors (artistic/substantive achievement on the following elements) prompt books, staging (directorial elements), performance (characterization elements), inanimate elements (designs, technical production); 15% Attendance Factors (as outlined above); 20% Deadline Factors (as outlined above); 25% Assignment Factors (timeliness and thoroughness of the following) completion of the preliminary prompt book and script analysis, completion of the final prompt book and project summary.

        This should include the following:

        1. script analysis (see detailed instructions below)
        2. script with blocking and floorplan(s)
        3. preliminary rehearsal schedule budget (how much is to be spent in each area)
        4. research notes/production notes
        5. any preliminary forms, handouts, organizational materials

        The analysis should include all the following elements:

        1. Identify and define the drama by genre.
        2. Provide historical/cultural context of the drama's action and setting.
        3. Outline the dramatist's literary and/or theatrical career. (This is not a biography.) Give particular attention to the elements in this drama you are directing that exist as thematic or theatrical trends in the dramatist's larger body of works.
        4. Discuss your artistic vision for the production. What is the significance or importance of this drama? What effect or impact do you wish the show to have upon the audience?
        5. Discuss each character's dramatic function in the show, including each character's overall motive/goal/desire and each character's metaphorical/emblematic value.
        6. Identify and discuss the conflicts that arise as a result of the collision of the various characters' motives/goal/desires. (Show how the characters' motives create conflict.)
        7. Anything else you want to discuss.

        This should include the following elements:

        1. script with final blocking and floorplan(s)
        2. rehearsal schedule(s)
        3. budget report (how much was actually spent in each area)
        4. rehearsal notes
        5. all forms, handouts, organizational materials, and daily rehearsal logs
        6. summary essay (see detailed instructions below)
        7. copies of all promotional materials and program
        8. all research notes, rehearsal notes, etc.

        A typewritten essay enclosed within the final prompt book that includes discussion of:

        1. Your work as an artist: audience response--success with your intended vision; character development--your work with the actors; inanimate element--your work with the designers.
        2. Your work as an executive: marketing--your efforts to promote the production; logistics--your work with the stage manager; technical elements--your work with production staff and issues.