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The Theater and Dance Department at Amherst College believes that the study and making of performances provides students with transformative experiences in creative problem solving, play, critical thinking, and interpersonal communication.  Combined with interdisciplinary liberal arts study, engaging with theater and dance increases awareness of the way our senses, bodies, actions, and imaginations interact to enhance our understanding of the world and one another.  

  • Our department works to enhance the state of the arts on campus as part of the Arts at Amherst Initiative, and is a member of the Five College Dance Department, one of the largest dance programs in the nation.
  • The department offers curricular and extracurricular opportunities, open auditions, and other opportunities for all students.
  • Current faculty and staff are recognized artists and craftspersons in their various fields, and the department boasts state-of-the-art rehearsal studios, shop spaces, and performance facilties.
  • We also support students seeking summer research fellowships, summer internships and training opportunities, and post-graduate fellowships.  We work with the College's Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, the Fellowships Office, the Study-Abroad Office, and the Center for Community Engagement to support our students in their summer endeavors and after graduating.

For more information, browse the pages below, or feel free to contact a faculty member or our department coordinator, Suzie Rivers.

If you are a high school student considering applying to Amherst, check out our frequently asked questions page for helpful information!