No matter your theatrical or dance interests, you'll find your niche
at the College. The Department of Theatre and Dance provides multiple
production opportunities through four aspects of the department. The
Department's Mainstage season is supplemented by the student-operated
Center Stage, the Theatre for Youth Program, and the summer Shakespeare
The College's Department of Theatre and Dance operates on the premise that there exists a healthy balance between coursework and production experience. Theatre and Dance majors are expected to supplement their theatre or dance specialization with education in the humanities, sciences and languages.
During the 2012-13 school year, Department of Theatre and Dance productions will include 's Shakespeare's "Alls Well That Ends Well," Pearl Cleage's "Flying West," Timberlake Wertenbaker's "The Love of the Nightingale," Deborah Brevoort's "The Women of Lockerbie," Neal Bell's "On the Bum or The Next Train Through," "Landmark"- a dance concert, and the musical "Spring Awakening" with book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, and based on the play by Frank Wedekind.
The Department of Theatre and Dance's major in Theatre offers a vital, National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accredited, and exciting program of study, designed to develop the theatre practitioners of the future. From acting to design, from directing to playwriting, students encounter ideas, theories and techniques that will enable them to achieve excellence in this highly competitive arena. Students often work with visiting actors, writers, and directors and have the opportunity for international study as well as faculty-supervised trips to major theatrical centers. Students also compete in events sponsored by the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.
Students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with concentrations in performance, scenic/lighting design and technology, costume design and technology, theatre for youth, or general theatre studies.
The Department of Theatre and Dance's major in dance combines the study of dance technique in three disciplines - Ballet, Modern and Jazz - with a grounding in the breadth of dance as a field. Coures offered include Choreography, Kinesiology, Career seminar, Body Conditioning, technical theatre, and Dance History. Students have opportunities to perform in the Department's production season, at state-wide conferences such as SCAPHERD and SCADA, and at regional conferences such as the Kennedy Center/American College Dance Festival.
Students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with either an emphasis in general dance studies or performance.
In addition, students have opportunities to work with Spoleto Festival USA, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, numerous professional and community theatres or on films from major studios shooting in and around Charleston.