This program emphasizes the artist-scholar who feels equally comfortable in all facets of dance and theatre. The major provides an educational experience responsive to today’s professional demands in the performing arts, in addition to satisfactory preparation for further work and study in either or both areas. The student may elect one of several emphases: performance, choreography, directing, dramaturgy, or historical and theoretical research, with or without a performance component. The student should consult with an adviser in each department as soon as possible.
Junior Qualifying Examination
Students electing a major in dance/theatre are examined by the two departments in the second semester of the junior year. On the basis of this review, it will be determined whether a student will be admitted to senior standing, and may undertake a research-centered thesis project or a performance or practice-based thesis project that integrates research with production. Performance on the exam as well as within departmental courses will affect the nature and scope of the thesis project.
Juniors who plan to propose a production component to their senior thesis research are required to undertake a major production assignment in the area of their proposed thesis research during their junior year. This should be planned in consultation with theatre and dance faculty.