About Us


actors onstage, sitting on the wings of a biplaneThe mission of the Department of Theatre and Dance is to offer excellent teaching and resultant dynamic learning on the graduate and undergraduate levels of education. The curriculum reflects an understanding of these arts as an arena where the experiences encountered in life are explored and shared in unique communication with an audience. Theatre and dance students, as artists/scholars /practitioners, are empowered to develop specialized knowledge, talents, and skills, as well as comprehension of a variety of methodologies, historical perspectives, and theoretical principles. The department strives to nurture the development of creative, independent, and well-educated students who are able to work collaboratively in the creation of their arts.

The mission of the theatre program is to cultivate the next generation of performing arts professionals and scholars by offering exceptional and comprehensive degree programs, which nurture the development of creative, disciplined and well-rounded students. Our commitment to experiential learning in the classroom, on stage and through community outreach encourages collaboration and fosters self-awareness, empathy and inclusivity in our graduates.

The mission of the dance program is to enhance the knowledge, appreciation and growth of dance as a performing art. The dance program strives to provide students with the opportunity to improve their skills as dancers, communicators and creative artists and encourages outreach to the community through performances and scholarship activities.