Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts
The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with an emphasis in general theatre for students seeking careers in teaching, production, directing, or management, or performance, for students seeking careers in acting/directing or entrance into graduate MFA performance programs. It also offers a Minor in Theatre Arts and a Minor in Dance. Both majors and minors are for students interested in pursuing theatre as a vocation or avocation.
Majors in the Department of Theatre and Dance explore a variety of dramatic texts and enjoy opportunities for intensive study and performance in an ensemble style with active participation in all aspects of theatre production, learning the skills necessary to create a balance between acting, directing, production planning, and technical skills. Two special features of the major are an internship in which the student will work with one of several professional theatre organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the opportunity for seniors to produce and direct or design a short play as part of the Theatre Arts Department season.
The dance curriculum provides a strong program in technical dance, choreography and performance, and theatrical dance education. The courses are designed to allow students to take individual courses to suit their abilities, interests, and needs. Students in the Dance minor are expected to contribute to the courses and studio activities in which dance performance pieces are developed and rehearsed in preparation for the annual Spring Dance Concert. Courses in the NDNU Dance program are open to students from all majors.
The Department of Theatre and Dance offers several Emerging Artist Scholarships to qualified undergraduates annually. Prospective students interested in a scholarship should contact Michael Elkins or Mary Hill for an audition application. For more information, visit the Emerging Artist Scholarship page.
NDNU admits students throughout the year for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Please review the NDNU General Catalog for complete admission requirements.
Michael B. Elkins, Professor of Theatre Arts and Chair, Department of Theatre Arts, at NDNU since 1978
BA, San Francisco State University; MFA, Pennsylvania State University
R. Dutch Fritz, Professor of Theatre Arts, at NDNU since 1995
BA, MS, University of South Dakota; MFA, University of Arizona
Katherine Mary Mills, Lecturer in Theatre Arts, at NDNU since 1994
BA, MA, MFA, San Jose State University
Virginia Musante, Lecturer in Theatre Arts, at NDNU since 2004
BA, Secondary Credential, San Francisco State University; MAT, Notre Dame de Namur University
William Springhorn, Lecturer in Theatre, at NDNU since 2007
BA, University of Minnesota; MA, Mountview Theater School
Bruce Williams, Lecturer in Theatre, at NDNU since 2005
Certificate of Completion, American Conservatory Theater Advanced Training Program
Michael Elkins, Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
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