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Department Mission

Developing competence, cultivating conscience, and inspiring compassion, the Theatre and Dance Department requires study in the academic and creative processes which include the practice and analysis of: skills required in the performing arts; critical evaluation of literature, history, and theory of Drama and Dance; collaborating in production; and public presentation of performance.

As teaching artist-scholars, members of our faculty make significant contributions in their fields while addressing the vital issues of our time. In the context of the human family and its needs, the Theatre and Dance Department believes that the study of performing arts embodies human interaction. Through the study of Theatre and Dance we foster an ethical and intellectual community, cultivate in our students the ability to think critically and creatively, understand and value diversity, communicate with clarity and conviction, and develop a vision of a better world together with the means to contribute to the common good.

Upon completion of the Theatre & Dance program, students will be able to express ideas effectively in artistically compelling performances and/or presentations.

Objective 1.1:    Performance & Presentation: Students demonstrate verbal and physical eloquence—strength, confidence, clarity and passion—in the quality and technique of performed/presented work

Upon completion of the Theatre & Dance program, students will have analyzed theatre arts topics through the process of critique, as well as synthesized different areas of knowledge.

Objective 2.1:  Creative Thinking: Students demonstrate creative thinking through the generation of unprecedented, imaginative, original work not relying solely on pre-existing elements or ideas or demonstrate creative problem-solving in any of the multiple areas of the theatre arts.
Objective 2.2:  Integrative Thinking: Students demonstrate integrative thinking through the synthesis of research, creative process, and assemblages of elements in the development of processes or the creation of projects.

Drawing upon the integral components of an artistic process—sensitivity, generosity, creativity, empathy and inter-disciplinary communication— students will develop leadership skills in executing a vision or concept, organizing time and process, building an ensemble (team).

Objective 3.1:    Undergraduate Leadership: Students will be able to describe the experience of serving in program-related leadership roles and explain the development of their artistic vision or project and which skills (organizational, interpersonal, research, entrepreneurial, etc.) they utilized to achieve their goals.
Objective 3.2:    Leadership by Alumni in the profession(s) Graduates of the Department of Theatre & Dance will exhibit leadership strengths in disciplines within the theatre arts, and also apply the leadership skills from their theatre arts training to diverse fields/professions.

Upon completion of the Theatre and Dance program, students will demonstrate responsible, professional work habits, contribute constructively to group processes and show evidence of understanding the interdependent relationships of all facets of theatrical/dance production.       

Objective 4.1:    Responsibility: Demonstrates responsible, professional work habits in timeliness, readiness and initiative.
Objective 4.2:    Collaboration: Contributes constructively to group processes through attitude/behavior toward ensemble work & demonstration of complex problem-solving capabilities.
Objective 4.3:    Understanding and Functioning in Multiple Contexts of the Theatre Arts: Participates and understands interdependent relationships of theatre & dance disciplinary areas by functioning effectively in live production contexts and is versed in multiple dimensions of the performing arts.

Upon completion of the Theatre & Dance program, students will have examined both familiar and less familiar traditions, practices and applications of the theatre arts that help them reflect on the roles of history, social justice, spirituality, creativity, diversity, and sustainability.       

Objective 5.1:     Reflective Practice: Students will analyze, synthesize and reflect as artists verbally, in writing or through multi-media presentations on their evolving understandings of the relationship between themselves and diverse spheres of thought and action.