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Program Objectives

The Department offers a three-pronged objective for student outcomes:

  1. Focused training in the arts and crafts of acting, directing, writing, design and/or technology for those intending to enter the highly competitive business of professional theatre;
  2. In-depth inquiry into the practical, theoretical and historical aspects of theatre for those intending to attend graduate school;
  3. Foundational awareness through a broad spectrum of coursework for those for whom theatre will be a lifelong personal enrichment as attendee, patron or occasional participant.

Mission Statement

The core of theatre study is collaboration. At TU, this cooperative approach fuels the creative process and is the heart of a student-focused liberal arts education.

Training in the Department of Theatre, Musical Theatre & Dance promotes:

  • Communication and critical thinking skills;
  • Working knowledge of all aspects of the profession;
  • Inquisitiveness and imaginative engagement with the world;
  • The tools to develop a strong personal aesthetic and sense of self;
  • Artistic initiative and risk-taking founded on a passion for creative expression;
  • Social engagement through active contributions to the community.