Department Goals and Objectives


1) To engage students in the collaborative process.

2) To strengthen students’ creative skills in live performance through the study of craft and technique.

3) To engage critical studies and histories of dance, theater, and performance with rigor and curiosity.

4) To create unique, challenging and diverse live performances and share them with our community.



To achieve these goals, students will:

  • demonstrate a nuanced understanding of collaboration in the creative process through leadership, participation, and reflection.
  • develop a multifaceted physicality through training in dance techniques.
  • apply a variety of value systems, aesthetics, and approaches to performing.
  • learn the vocabulary and practice methods of respectful critique and evaluation.
  • integrate an understanding of cultural context into creative and scholarly research.
  • demonstrate clear and convincing academic writing in the field.
  • nurture inclusive community through dance.



Through course work and involvement in production, students

  • Will learn the values and methods of artistic collaboration;
  • Will be prepared to enter the professional world of the performing arts, or to pursue graduate study in theater, dance, or other fields in the humanities;
  • Will be equipped for a wide variety of careers—such as business, law, or teaching—that require collaborative effort, public poise, imagination, and a broad background in the liberal arts.