You are a collaborator. You dream of standing in the spotlight or working behind the scenes to make the show happen. Learn about the latest techniques and hone your skills in courses like script analysis, stage make-up, directing, and stage management.
Through class instruction, private coaching, mentoring, and performance, the Department of Theatre and Dance helps to develop students’ skills in order to succeed after graduation. The department advocates both theoretical and creative exploration to achieve an understanding of the social, political, historical, and technological aspects of theatre or dance.
Winthrop theatre graduates are prepared to pursue careers with resident theatre companies, national touring groups, theme parks, local arts councils, and schools. Theatre alumni also pursue graduate degrees at prestigious institutions throughout the U.S.
Each year, the department presents four main stage productions (three in theatre, one in dance), two student choreography showcases, and as many as six studio dance/theatre productions and other informal performances each year. Very few undergraduate programs offer this many opportunities for students to perform, design, direct, choreograph, stage manage, and run productions. Visit the event calendar for more information.
Our theatre faculty members have real world experience in performance and technical theatre and use that experience to ensure students receive a well-rounded education in theatre and prepare them for life after college. Through countless opportunities for interaction both inside and outside the classroom, strong bonds and mentorships are created between faculty and student.
“Winthrop is where I began to develop both my theatrical aesthetic and a deep appreciation for the arts as a result having the privilege to perform in amazing productions, reading the works of phenomenal playwrights (such as that of Amiri Baraka, Bertolt Brecht, August Wilson etc.), meeting wonderful people from all walks of life and from being taught by a wonderful faculty of professors, some of which still influence me to this day. It is where I began to discover the pulse of my creativity, where I was given all the tools to help shape said creativity into magic, and where I discovered how to use my work and my artistic platform as a powerful weapons for change.” – Class of 2016
“All our professors were available outside of class for any and everything. You can tell they really care about each student as an individual and want everyone to succeed.” – Class of 2019
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in theatre with concentrations in performance, design/technical theatre, musical theatre, or K-12 teacher certification
- theatre director
- box office manager
- fight choreographer
- k-12 teacher
- stage manager
- and more