Nov 12, 2018  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre and Dance, Department of

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Department Chair

Bruce Goodrich

Department Office/Website

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


    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Fine ArtsMaster of Fine Arts



      Courses are designated as DANC in the class schedule.


      Courses are designated as THTR in the class schedule.

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