The Department of Theatre and Dance offers students an intensive training program in the performing arts within the context of a liberal arts education. The Bachelor Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional degree designed to prepare students for entrance into the professional performing arts market, while the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree prepares students for graduate programs or post-graduate professional internships.  The BA is also intended for students wishing to pursue a career in directing, video or film production, playwriting or screenwriting, or arts management by double-majoring in Television & Film, Creative Writing (English), Management, or Marketing.

The Department’s programming is divided into three major areas:
- Academic and Technique Training
- Production
- Career Preparation

Theatre and Dance offers a variety of sequential performance, theory, history, & practical courses in theatre, dance, and musical theatre. Each year, the department produces six major faculty-directed and choreographed productions, two student-directed full length productions, and numerous student-produced projects, resulting in ample opportunity for students to gain technical and performance experience in the River Campus for the Visual and Performing Arts, a new state-of-the-art professional facility with numerous classroom, construction, rehearsal, and performance spaces. The department regularly incorporates outside professional companies and guest artists into its normal on-campus programming, and it strongly emphasizes student professional development through outside internships, master classes, intensives, conventions, festivals, and professional employment.

Acting (BFA)
Dance (BFA)
Design/Technology (BFA)
Musical Theatre (BFA)
Theatre (BA)
Dance (BA)

Fine Arts Business Entrepreneurship
Theatre, Acting
Theatre, Technical


Janice Bittle
River Campus Seminary 454
Department of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701