The Department of Theatre and Dance has been developing its education and outreach program over the last few years. It has grown from a small number of one-time events in the 2013-2014 school year to a full calendar year of programs. The department now serves a wide range of audiences from K-12 to adults and senior adults and everyone in between! With a number of annual events and festivals, and community outreach initiatives, the Department of Theatre and Dance aims to expand the program bringing theatre and dance to more and more people.
High School Theatre Festival
The University of Alabama High School Theatre Festival, open to 7-12 grade students, offers several workshops ranging from acting and movement to technical theatre taught by faculty and MFA candidates. The festival has
grown significantly over the past three years, reaching over 120 students since the fall of 2016. The festival includes a career workshop highlighting each careers in theatre and outside as well as information about each aspect of the department.
Our festival this year was October 16th. It was a huge success and we’re looking forward to the event next year!
High School Dance Day
The University of Alabama Dance Day offers high school students the opportunity to participate in a day of dance workshops with our outstanding students and faculty members. Offered every spring, the day includes workshops, lunch, and a ticket to Dance Alabama!
This year’s Dance Day is April 2nd, 2022, registration for the event is open now.
9:30-9:45 Registration (Clark Hall)
9:45-10:00 Welcome-UA Dance Faculty (Clark Hall)
10-11:15 Ballet (Clark Hall)
11:15-12:15 Lunch Break (on your own)
12:30-1:45 Contemporary (Fresh Foods 2019 –FFC 2019)
1:45-2:00 Transition to Dance Theatre
2:00-3:15 Dance Alabama! Concert (Dance Theatre)
3:15-4 Talk-Back (Dance Theatre)
Our Explorer series allows students who are interested in theatre and dance to delve in and learn something new. There are programs in this series designed for pre-K, elementary, middle school, and high school. In recent years we have expanded these programs to provide access to the arts for students with autism as well!
Asking the Arts
Asking the Arts is a virtual workshop series taught by faculty and graduate students that explores different aspects of the performing arts.
Musical Theatre Audition Masterclass
UA Theatre and Dance offers a Musical Theatre Audition Masterclass for students who wish to pursue a career in Musical Theatre by helping them understand the nuances of auditioning for college and university Musical Theatre programs.
Do you want to be a UA Theatre and Dance student for a day? The Theatre and Dance Understudy Program gives high school students that opportunity. Our understudies attend classes and shadow faculty and students to learn about careers in theatre and dance. The program can be offered as a full-day or half-day schedule. Available tracks are dance, acting, musical theatre, and design and technical production.
Started in 2020, Stage Talks is the UA Theatre and Dance podcast. Discussed are topics that range in theatre and dance. Stream our episodes on Spotify now!
Capstone Creative Partnership
Created in 2021, the Capstone Creative Partnership serves as a link between The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance and local school districts. Its mission is to promote the arts throughout Alabama, through generating educational materials easily accessible to teachers and students. The support offered by this program is conveyed by two primary methods; education packages and in-school programming. These methods are unique to each school’s needs and gives the students an opportunity to explore the arts at different capacities. If you’re interested in getting your school involved in this partnership, email us at email@example.com.
UA Theatre and Dance partners with the Children’s Hands-On Museum to provide theatre and dance education programs to elementary age students and their families. The University of Alabama students use movement and acting to narrate books, fables and other familiar stories.
The Virtual Series are workshops and outreach programs that allow the audience to connect with the performing arts from their homes. The Virtual Series consists of the Virtual Black Box which includes live theatre and dance videos and meet and greet sessions as well as the Movement series which consists of mini-Masterclasses hosted by the distinguished faculty at the department.
Every spring, UA Theatre and Dance partners with Al’s Pals to bring educational programming to area elementary schools. For eight weeks, several graduate and undergraduate students work with the students and their mentors to create theatrical or dance-based representations of classic fairy tales. The elementary students learn character development, story structure, teamwork, improvisational skills or basic dance technique. This program is designed mainly for elementary students, but we are able to also reach other UA students who serve as mentors.
UA Theatre and Dance sets up custom workshops upon request for middle and high school teachers. We host workshops at the University in addition to sending instructors into the High Schools to work in their space. For more information about scheduling a custom workshop contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday nights of Marian Gallaway and Allen Bales productions, we bring in a guest speaker to talk on a theme or interesting element from the show. This series allows both student and adult members of the audience to learn about new subject areas while socializing and continue a dialogue about the shows even after the curtain falls.
UA Theatre and Dance participates in several community events each year, including Druid City Arts Festival, Volksfest, Hospice 5k, and Duck Derby. We also foster partnerships with other departments and organizations on the UA campus. You will find us at Night at the Museum, Get on Board Day, Graduate Student Orientation Welcome, and several other events. These events help bring awareness of our department’s season and programs to the community outside of the campus, helping us share theatre and dance with a larger demographic.