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About the Department

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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 Project (when scheduled).

The Department 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 academic year, the Department presents a stellar season of productions, ranging from dance and musical theatre to drama and comedy. In addition, students have opportunities to work with major organizations in the city, such as the international Spoleto Festival USA, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, numerous professional and community theatres or on films from major studios shooting in and around Charleston.

The 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. Learn more about majoring in Theatre.

The 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. 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. Learn more about majoring in Dance.