The Department of Theatre & Dance is dedicated to nurturing and inspiring students to pursue their dreams, passions and love of the theatre through academic training and onstage and backstage production experience. At UCM you can choose from four undergraduate degree programs, the B.F.A. with an emphasis in performance, design/theatre technology or musical theatre, the B.S.E. which leads to a secondary school teaching certification in speech and theatre, and the B.A. which provides a wide variety of educational options.
You will have the opportunity to perform, build, design, and direct in a tremendously ambitious and productive production program that includes Mainstage productions, Studio Theatre productions, Dance productions, Black Box Experimental Theatre productions and Central Missouri Repertory, our professional summer theatre company.
Learn From Seasoned, Working Professionals
At UCM you will work side by side with a faculty of extraordinary educators and professional theatre artists. The theatre faculty at UCM are dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to find their unique voice as artists and share their visions, curiosities, bravery, and talents with a collaborative team that is the heart and soul of any theatrical production. Our faculty are leaders whose experience and professional work has a strong voice in state, regional and the national arenas. They are active members of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, USITT, Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
We Welcome You to a Pursuit of Excellence
We understand that you have a quest for knowledge and a desire to explore the world of theatre. We welcome you to take that journey with us. Along the way, you will learn to set high expectations, challenge yourself and the production team, be willing to risk failure, laugh, celebrate, ask questions, develop a strong work ethic, learn to make choices, discover personal revelations, and develop the skills and techniques to assure yourself a lifelong career in the theatre and a love of the arts. If historian Paul Johnson is correct when he states, "Those who want to influence men's minds have long recognized that the theatre is the most powerful medium through which to make the attempt" then your journey with the UCM Department of Theatre and Dance is well worth the taking!
Sincerely,John Wilson, Chair
Department of Theatre and Dance