Department of Theatre and Dance

Student-centered learning is a hallmark of the College of Charleston and especially in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Our students aren't just numbers but close partners in an artistic community formed and shaped in the classroom, in the studio and through our productions. They study with passionate and dedicated faculty members in small classroom settings and through the course of creating our varied production seasons. The program’s attention to the individual and abundant opportunities allow students to gain valuable experience in all aspects of theatre and dance production and study. Learn more | Watch videos


Recently, the department revised and reposted our existing statement against hate crimes committed here and elsewhere over the last several years. We are fully aware that a statement IS NOT ENOUGH. We have been working together to rewrite our statement and develop an action plan so that we can more actively engage in critical conversations and use our theatre and dance platforms to create change. Our current statement with goals and action items for the 2020-21 academic year can be viewed here.

Season 2020-2021

How the Vote Was Won by Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St. John

Directed by Susan Kattwinkel

This show closed on October 17th.


dance, deconstructed

Artistic Director Gretchen McLaine

This show closed on November 1st.


Antigone adapted by Emily Mann

Directed by Nakeisha Daniel

November 19th and 20th at 7:30 - This livestreamed production will only be available for these two performances.

TICKETS - $25 (Groups of 3 or more), $15 (Adults), $12 (Seniors, Military and 18 and under), $8 (CofC Faculty, Staff and Students)


Our Story: Student Voices on 2020

Directed by alumnus Michael Smallwood

December 4th and 5th at 7:30pm 

TICKETS$18 (Groups of 3 or more), $8 (Adults, Military & Seniors), $5 (CofC Faculty, Staff & Students) and $5 (18 & Under)


In Other Words: A Century's Reflection

A Devised Piece

Directed by Todd McNerney

NEW DATES - February 5th and 6th at 7:30pm

TICKETS  - FREE - You must first register for a ticket and then a link will be sent to you.  Use this link on the evening of the production.


The Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton

Directed by Paul Rolfes & Holden Crumpler

February 12th and 13th at 7:30pm

To listen Friday, February 12th at 7:30pm click here.

To listen Saturday, February 13th at 7:30pm click here.


Living Dead in Denmark by Qui Nguyen

Directed by Chad Henderson

March 12th & 13th at 7:30pm 

TICKETS - $25 (Groups of 3 or more), $15 (Adults), $12 (Seniors, Military and 18 and under), $8 (CofC Faculty, Staff and Students)


New Works Wednsday 

New Works Wednesdays is an exciting new (pandemic driven) addition to the Todd McNerney National Playwriting Awards. This Spring we will be reading eight of the 2020 finalist plays via Zoom every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm beginning March 17th thru May 5th.

To receive your free link, please click here.


School of the Arts Festival: Arts Under the Oaks

The festival will feature Finding Place: A Dance ConcertUnbeatable: A Musical Theatre Showcase and so much more!

April 10th and 11th

TICKETS - Tickets are avaialble for both in-person and livestreaming.



A student dance film  

April 25th at 7:00pm

“Anger is a wind that blows out the lamp of the mind” - Robert Green Ingersoll. 

In this Department of Theatre and Dance produced dance film, senior dance and arts management major, Julia Kabernagel, investigates the emotional strain of anger and aggression during times of the unknown. In collaboration with senior theatre major, Jonari Ward, this creative duo has indulged in the opportunity that resulted from constant change in the arts industry climate. Please join us for the premiere of VOID at the virtual watch party on Sunday, April 25th at 7:00pm 

To register for your free link tp tje watch party, please click here.



More information about upcoming productions in our 2020-2021 season will continue to be updated here as planning remains fluid to changing challenges of our year. Receive our e-newsletter for the latest departmental news and events updates. Simply send us an email to subscribe. 

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‘College of Charleston School of the Arts Presents Festival, Arts Under the Oaks’
Posted on 15 March 2021 | 10:32 am
The inaugural College of Charleston School of the Arts Festival: Arts under the Oaks will offer an entertaining day of arts experiences for Lowcountry audiences. Featuring performances by the College’s Department of Music alongside the Department of Theatre and Dance, … Continue reading
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Zombie Army of Denmark Battles Undead Team of Shakespeare’s Action-Heroines in College of Charleston Play
Posted on 19 February 2021 | 10:50 am
Stage combat, pop music, and witty banter make for a must-see livestream! The College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance will stage Living Dead in Denmark by Vietnamese-American playwright, television writer, and screenwriter Qui Nguyen. Known for his innovative … Continue reading
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Charming, World War II Love Story ‘Last Train to Nibroc’ to be Presented as Radio Play by College of Charleston
Posted on 5 February 2021 | 12:58 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. — On February 12 and 13 at 7:30pm, the Department of Theatre and Dance  will present Last Train to Nibroc, penned in the late 1990s by American playwright Arlene Hutton. This audio-only radio play is produced in partnership … Continue reading
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