Southeast Missouri State University

The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast is comprised of the Department of Art, Department of Music and the Department of Theatre & Dance and students in these disciplines receive their training at River Campus. Students may elect programs of study that lead to either a professional degree or a liberal arts degree.  And to keep up with growing demand, River Campus is undergoing new construction of instructional spaces that include an on-site Residence Hall opening Fall 2014.  Bringing all the visual and performing arts together in one location offers unique opportunities for students to experience innovative degree programs and to work with other artists and performers on a daily basis.

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Youth workshops at River Campus!

Spring Workshops

And NEW this spring, elementary and middle school students get to experience artistic learning opportunities too! The first class session offered students the chance to learn new performance skills in conjunction with Southeast’s production of Peter Pan. And thanks to such a large response, we are excited to offer two more chances for students to learn theatre performance skills along with storytelling, self-expression and teamwork. All classes take place at Southeast Missouri State River Campus and culminate in a final performance for family and friends.

Summer Camps

Summer at Southeast offers a wide variety of academic and special interest opportunities to area youth ranging in age from pre-school to college through one day, multi-day and overnight summer programs and camps. Each program or camp is designed to highlight a particular field of study or skill and to encourage everyone to explore their potential. See what excitement awaits your theatrical, musical or artsy student!


  • ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ Coming to River Campus

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 16, 2014 – Neil Simon’s award-winning comedy, “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 30 to May 3 and 2 p.m. May 4 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is a story of family, friends, and the […]
  • Moscow Festival Ballet to Perform ‘Giselle’ at River Campus

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 10, 2014 – The Moscow Festival Ballet will perform “Giselle” as part of the 2013-2014 Southeast Missouri State University River Campus Touring Series at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet continues to expand its repertoire. In […]
  • Southeast Senior to Perform with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 2, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University senior Andrew Gehrlein of Rolla, Mo., will launch the first step in his career when he joins the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) on July 15 as an actor. “I’m looking forward to working with professionals who do this for a living. That is what […]
  • Sample a ‘Taste of Cape’ and Support Theatre and Dance

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 7, 2014 – Enjoy signature items from 12 Cape Girardeau restaurants and businesses participating in the “Taste of Cape” restaurant hop, benefitting Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance Tuesday, April 22. The restaurant hop, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., includes the following restaurants: BG’s Deli, My […]