Mission and Vision



The Department of Theatre and Dance offers distinctive and diverse opportunities for students at the College of Charleston, as well as for the College and community as a whole. The Department provides broad instruction at the undergraduate level in theatre and dance within local and global contexts, as well as in-depth instruction and experience in the practice of theatre and dance in a liberal arts setting. At the graduate level, we provide focused instruction in theatre education. The melding of theory and practice in these disciplines stimulates the skills necessary for a successful life both in and out of the professional arts. Additionally, the Department presents a production program that furthers the understanding of the creative process and showcases the accomplishments of our students. This program provides entertainment and thought-provoking theatre and dance for the College and community at an artistically high level.


The Department of Theatre and Dance will be an innovative model for other institutions to combine in-depth training in the field with a liberal arts foundation that develops citizens who are empathetically engaged with their communities and use the arts to help envision and create a sustainable future.

Core Values

Integrity: We take accountability for our actions and adhere to the highest ethical standards in all our professional obligations and personal responsibilities. We demonstrate respect for self, others and place.

Academic Excellence: We are committed to a dynamic intellectual community, high academic standards, strong academic programs, exceptional teacher-scholars, engaged students and lifelong learners.

Liberal Arts Education: We encourage intellectual curiosity and foster each student’s ability to think creatively and analyze, synthesize, apply and communicate knowledge from many sources.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: We create and nurture a diverse and inclusive community demonstrated through our thoughts, words and actions. We value and respect the unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences every individual has to offer.

Student Centeredness: We are devoted to nurturing thriving scholar-citizens through the intellectual, ethical and social development of each individual student.

Innovation: We act with an entrepreneurial spirit to imagine and implement creative, bold and sustainable solutions in our pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement.

Public Mission: We demonstrate social responsibility in meeting the educational and professional needs of our community, our state, our nation and the world.

Suggestion Box

How can we create the change that we want to see?

While our department has been making efforts to initiate change and create a more inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment, we have so much more work to do. Leave us your comment, question, suggestion, or topic that should be addressed here and we will add it to an upcoming agenda for our department discussions. 

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