Clayes Performing Arts 139
Joseph Arnold, Evelyn Carol Case, Maria Cominis, Svetlana Efremova-Reed, Debra Garcia Lockwood, Bruce Goodrich, Mitchell Hanlon, Eve Himmelheber, Anne James, Lawrence Jasper, Muriel Joyce, Gladys Kares, Fred Kinney, William Lett, Lisa Long, Bill Meyer, Dave Mickey, David Nevell, Debra Noble, Elizabeth Ramirez, Mark Ramont, Alvin Rangel- Alvarado, Ann Sheffield, John Short, James R. Taulli, Jim Volz, Abel Zeballos
The Department of Theatre and Dance undergraduate and graduate programs include the fields of acting, dance, directing, musical theatre, playwriting, technical production and design, and secondary teaching certification. Specifically, the coursework and production activities are arranged to provide opportunities for students to: (1) develop an appreciation for theatre arts and dance; (2) become aware, as audience or participants, of the shaping force of theatre arts and dance in society; (3) improve the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the theatrical arts profession and careers in dance; (4) pursue graduate studies; and (5) prepare for teaching theater and dance.
Public performance is at the center of the department’s programs. Therefore, continuing theatre and dance production activities are essential for all students, including the undergraduate student pursuing theatre within traditional, historical literary and theoretical contexts, as well as the undergraduate pre-professional, professional and graduate conservatory student.
The Dance program is designed to foster the skills, understanding and discipline of young dancers. The curriculum combines practical training in technique, aesthetics and critical thinking. Within a clear framework of technique and dance studies, students will encounter challenges in both areas. Public performance, as well as a sound academic schedule, is considered paramount.
The Department of Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The theatre undergraduate program ranks among the top 16 schools in the nation according to the Performing Arts Major’s College Guide published by Macmillan Books. The dance program is also ranked among such noteworthy programs as Cornell, Duke, Hofstra and Brigham Young Universities.
Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Programs and Courses Offered
ProgramsBachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine ArtsMaster of Fine Arts
- Dance, B.A.
- Theatre Arts, Applied Studies in Theatre Concentration, B.A.
- Theatre Arts, Specialized Studies in Theatre Concentration, Design/Technical Production Emphasis, B.A.
- Theatre Arts, Specialized Studies in Theatre Concentration, Directing Emphasis, B.A.
- Theatre Arts, Specialized Studies in Theatre Concentration, Playwriting Emphasis, B.A.
- Theatre Arts, Teaching Concentration, B.A.
Courses are designated as DANC in the class schedule.
Courses are designated as THTR in the class schedule.