Welcome to Theater and Dance!

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We are an inclusive department!  Majors and non-majors, first-years and upperclass students, and Five College students all work together to produce our season of theater and dance!  There are lots of opportunities -- extracurricular and curricular -- for all students.

Check out our frequently asked questions, especially if you are a new student, or a high school student wondering about submitting the Arts Supplement with your application.

EXTRACURRICULAR

All of our production and studio-project work involves students participating on an extracurricular basis, including students of every major, new students, and Five College students.

AUDITIONS

Auditions are open to everyone, including first-year students.  Usually, no preparation is necessary. 

To find out about performance opportunities, follow our Facebook page, visit the Auditions page, or stop by the departmental lounge and office in Webster Hall. 

BEHIND-THE-SCENES

In addition to performing, students frequently join run crews or stage managment teams.  Contact a faculty member about a specific project in which you are interested!

If you are interested in work-study or volunteering in the Scene Shop, contact Technical Director and Production Coordinator Jon Doyle

For opportunites in the Costume Shop, contact Costume Shop Supervisor Carla Froeberg.

You may also contact Suzie Rivers, our Academic Department Coordinator, with questions, and check out our student employment page.

WORKSHOPS

From time-to-time, we invite professional guest artists to give workshops that are announced via Facebook and on our main web page.

CURRICULAR

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Every semester, we offer courses that require no prior experience.  Our core courses offer a great introduction to the department. 

We also offer courses in the history, literature and theory of theater and dance, as well as beginning courses in dance technique and spoken expression.

THE CORE COURSES

Our core courses require no prior experience.

In the core courses, key experiences and principles of collaboration and creative problem-solving are applied to the fundamentals of improvisation and composition in movement, visual thinking, and acting.  A course in studing performance in context is also open to anyone, with no pre-requisite.  These courses are offerred every year:

  • THDA 111: The Language of Movement
  • THDA 112: Materials of Theater
  • THDA 113: Action and Character
  • THDA 114: Case Studies: Contemporary Performance
FURTHER COURSES
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Following an introductory course, non-majors may pursue a particular strand of interest in playwriting, choreography, acting, dance, performance installation, video production, visual and sound design, and directing. 

We encourage students with interests in creative writing, music, video and film, visual art, architecture, and poetry, to complement your studies with a related course in Theater and Dance.  Students also often discover interdisciplinary connections with history, psychology, anthropology, political science, cultural studies, and issues of race, gender and sexuality. 

See the Curriculum page to get a feel for what may interest you.  Please feel free to contact any faculty member to discuss interests and course options.