Degree Programs

Vision, Mission, and Values Statement


Our vision is for a world where the artist is transformative, essential and engaged.


The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance offers students a home where they can develop their potential and find their voices as artists through rigorous coursework, collaborative making and production of live performance.

Each of the Department’s four concentrations – Acting, Dance, Technical Theatre, and Theatre Studies – offers a broad base of study, drawing from diverse techniques and styles to provide a launchpad for students considering continuing fine arts graduate studies, a performing arts career, arts education, or other fields that value creative leadership, ingenuity, and collaborative problem-solving.

Core Values

Student-centered:  We believe in creating experiences that serve our students’ needs in the classroom and beyond with skill-based learning, a supported Production Season, and opportunities to engage with guest artists and professionals in the field.

Rigor:  We believe that robust training in performance and theatrical artistry can inspire us to the highest standards of professionalism and personal achievement.

Full Engagement:  We believe in making work that has value beyond the dance and theatre world and that directly engages our campus and local community.