At Dickinson, majors are introduced to the many dimensions of theatre and dance—technical, performance, historical, theoretical, cross-cultural—while they focus on one area of particular interest. Majors may choose from four preapproved clusters within the program—acting/directing, dance, design/technology and dramatic literature—or they may, with faculty approval, create their own cluster.

Faculty members oversee an extensive schedule of dance and theatre performances throughout the year, in which both majors and nonmajors participate. This is the ideal setting for the student with interest and talent in theatre or dance who also wants a broad liberal-arts education. An inter-arts major in dance and music in conjunction with the music department is also available.

Contact Info


Sherry Harper-McCombsProfessor of Theatre and Resident Costume Designer

Department coordinator

Jenny Rhoads






Montgomery House Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Tisch School of the Arts
  • StretchLab
  • La Roxx Inc.
  • Paradise Springs Winery
  • Thomas Ortiz Dance Company
  • Urbanity Dance

Graduate Schools

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Boston University
  • Temple University Law
  • Columbia University
  • NYU
  • Emerson College
  • Pratt Institute
  • New School
  • George Mason University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Westside Dance Physical Therapy
  • BalletX
  • Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
  • Pendragon Theatre
  • Performance Works NW
  • Greenbrier Valley Theatre
  • Byline Studio, Carlisle Theatre Documentary
  • Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of Michigan

Department Gallery

Student Perspective

"For me, it’s stories—hearing people’s stories, learning from them and analyzing them. History and theatre & dance are two majors centered on stories. I’ve gained the wisdom of many lives beyond my own this way." 

—Sarah Zimmer ’17 (history, theatre arts)

Theatre & Dance News

Student Snapshot: Mohala Kaliebe ’22

Student Snapshot: Mohala Kaliebe ’22

Meet Mohala Kaliebe ’22, an English major, tutor, singer and Mermaid Player who will study abroad at Oxford next year.

Dickinson College Theatre & Dance Faculty and Staff Provide Cloth Masks and Video Mask-Making Instruction

Dickinson College Theatre & Dance Faculty and Staff Provide Cloth Masks and Video Mask-Making Instruction

Usually during this time of year, Dickinson's costume shop is busy preparing for the spring play. Instead, theatre & dance faculty and staff are sewing masks and sharing a how-to video.

Podcast: Competition in the Performing Arts

Podcast: Competition in the Performing Arts

In this podcast, we explore the concept of competition in the performing arts at Dickinson.

Blurring the Divides

Blurring the Divides

Dickinson’s fall theatre & dance performances continue to break with convention.

Transmit, Transport, Transform: Spring Arts Events Announced

Transmit, Transport, Transform: Spring Arts Events Announced

This spring's public arts events include three major anniversary celebrations, the first staged Dickinson opera in two decades and thought-provoking social-justice works. See video to learn more.

Student Snapshot: Leah Blatt ’22

Student Snapshot: Leah Blatt ’22

Dickinson offers Leah Blatt ’22 the rare opportunity to merge professional ballet training and an international business education with the liberal arts.