Theater at Bates

DUE to COVID 19 safety concerns, we will not be holding a normal performance season in Theater and Dance. Please look at our Events page for information about viewings, outdoor events, etc, as we work out what we can safely accomplish with these creative challenges. For further information, please visit Standard Operating Procedures for Applied Courses in the Arts.

The major in theater combines the study of dramatic literature from the Greeks to the present with work in acting, directing, dance, design, and film.

Students acquire these skills in production and performance while learning the history and literature of one of the world’s major forms of artistic expression. Majors are prepared for graduate work in the humanities or for further professional training in theater, dance, or film. The theater major is also a valuable asset for a wide variety of careers — such as business, law, or teaching — requiring collaborative effort, public poise, imagination, and a broad background in the liberal arts.

In addition to its academic work, the department annually produces more than a dozen plays, films, dance concerts, and other performance events in its three theaters. These require the participation of large numbers of students, both majors and non-majors. The department invites all members of the campus community to join in the creation of these events.

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