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 2018 and transfer students!

Welcome to the Department of Theater and Dance at Amherst College.  There are many opportunities for new students of all levels to become involved in theater and dance at Amherst  Auditions and introductory course offerings are open to new students!   The curriculum and production activities are designed to help develop each student’s interest and talents in the many aspects of theater and dance  such as choreography, playwriting, directing, design, acting, performance art and/or video.   Amherst College is also a member of the Five College Dance Department which makes it possible for students to elect a program of study that takes advantage of the dance offerings at Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mount Holyoke and the University of Massachusetts.

We also invite you to join us on Friday, September 5th at 7pm in the Kirby Theater for this year's Faculty Dance Concert.
The Department stages full productions in Kirby Theater and the Holden Theater.   Smaller scale studio productions are presented in one of two technically flexible studio spaces (Studio 1 and Studio 3).   Kirby Theater is a 400 seat proscenium theater, the Holden Theater is a fully equipped black box theater. 
Auditions for the first semester performances will be held during the first week of September.  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!

Peter Lobdell


Voices of the Class
Wednesday, August 27, Kirby Theater
2 shows:  7:00pm and 8:30pm  



Friday, September 5, 7PM, Kirby Theater


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