Professors Denny, Kahn, Vanderbilt
Assistant Professor Smith
The goals of the Department of Theatre & Dance are to provide a liberal arts education, to provide pre-professional training in theatre and dance, to provide a cultural environment for the community, and to provide opportunities for creative and research activities. Theatre and dance are particularly related to the liberal arts because they embrace so many aspects of the human experience and comment so vividly on the human condition. Encompassed in the department’s approach to the arts of theatre and dance is concern for the education of the individual and for career-oriented training.
The department produces a balanced season of classical and contemporary plays and dance performances in the Main Theatre and Studio Theatre of the Chappelear Drama Center. Participation in these productions is open to the entire University community. Except in works where race, ethnicity, or gender is required, casting is decided on ability alone. Classes are held in the CDC, as well as the Jannuzi Dance Studio in the Simpson-Querrey Fitness Center. This state-of-the-art studio offers a large and fully sprung hardwood floor.
Courses in the department are designed to include all aspects of theatre and dance, from history and theory through all phases of performance and production. Majors are required to have an inclusive theatre and dance experience, as well as a liberal arts education.
To reinforce career-oriented training, all majors are urged to acquire an off-campus apprenticeship or study experience during the junior year or the first semester of the senior year. Those with an interest in theatre history might consider a research program or a junior year abroad in Europe. Majors with interests in acting/directing, design/production, or dance should consider the New York Arts Program or an independent off-campus apprenticeship in a regional repertory theatre or dance company. Credit for the New York Arts Program counts as general university credit, not as credits completed in the major. Credit for an independent off-campus apprenticeship does count in the major.
Theatre and dance courses fulfill University distribution requirements in Humanities (III) and Fine Arts (IV) as designated in the course descriptions below. Theatre and Dance majors must complete the following distribution requirements: two units from Group I , two units from Group II , two units from outside the Department of Theatre & Dance in Group III , and one unit from outside the Department of Theatre & Dance in Group IV .