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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 or dance. 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 or dance. 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 as many as 6 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 asks for auditions for appropriate placement and for consideration for scholarship awards.  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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The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a B.A. in Theatre with concentrations in Performance, Design/Technical Theatre, Musical Theatre, or Teacher Certification (K-12), as well as a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Dance Education with Teacher Certification (K-12). The department is home to approximately 170 students and thirteen full-time faculty. Winthrop University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Winthrop's arts education programs (art, music, theatre and dance) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 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.

Audition Information

Spring 2022 productions auditions are as follows:

Spring Awakening Dance workshop Friday, November 19 12:30 p.m. Johnson Theatre
auditions Sunday, November 21 5 p.m. Johnson Lobby & Theatre

Pipeline auditions Monday, November 29 6:30 p.m. Johnson Lobby 

Spring Dance Showcase info. session Tuesday, January 11, 2022 11 a.m. 235 Johnson Hall 
auditions Tuesday OR Wednesday, January 11 or 12, 2022 6:30 p.m. 235 Johnson Hall

Junior Choreography Showcase auditions Tuesday or Wednesday, January 18 OR 19 6:30 p.m. 235 Johnson Hall

These Shining Lives Thursday, January 20 6:30 p.m. Johnson Lobby

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Student Information
Theatre and Dance Student Handbook
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Assessment (415 KB)
Department of Theatre and Dance Annual Report (376 KB)

Last Updated: 10/27/21