Theater and Dance

Welcome to the Theater and Dance Department

Click here for frequently-asked questions from those new to our department.

Click here for information about upcoming auditions.

Welcome Class of 2019 and transfer students!

Welcome to the Department of Theater and Dance!  We invite you to join us on Friday, September 11th at 7:15pm to meet the faculty, staff, and current students in the department, and then to attend a performance of Pericles in the Holden Theater -- a professional production of North Carolina Stage Company, directed by Prof. Ron Bashford.  We also invite you to follow us on Facebook.

There are many opportunities for new students of any level of experience to become involved in theater and dance at Amherst.  Our curriculum and production activities are designed to develop each student’s interest and skills in many areas of theater and dance, such as choreography, playwriting, directing, design, acting, performance art and video work.  Auditions and introductory course offerings are open to new students!  Amherst College is a member of the Five College Dance Department through which students may take advantage of the dance offerings and plan a coordinated course of study at Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mount Holyoke and the University of Massachusetts.

We stage productions all year in a variety of spaces.  Kirby Theater is a 400-seat proscenium house, and the Holden Theater is a large, fully equipped "black box" flexible space.  Smaller scale productions are presented in two technically flexible studio spaces in Webster Hall.       

Auditions for the first semester performances will be held during the first week of classes.  Check the Department website under this year's season for production and audition information or stop by the office (Webster G27) and check out the bulletin board for exact dates, times and places.  First year students always get cast so we encourage you to audition!

Five College Dance Department auditions are also held during the first week of classes.  Check the Dance Department website at  These auditions will also be posted on the bulletin board located outside Webster G27. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Wendy Woodson


Voices of the Class
Sunday, September 6, Kirby Theater
2 shows:  4:30pm and 6:45pm  


by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ron Bashford
Thursday through Saturday, September 10-12, 8PM and September 12 at 2PM
Holden Theater



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