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Theatre and Dance

The Dickinson College Department of Theatre and Dance serves a diverse group of students who crave exploring art and art-making through the path of their choice. Many students thrive in an environment of formal coursework and practice. Others seek a broad liberal arts education which integrates live performance and civic engagement. Many students will even aspire to define themselves as emerging professional theatre artists. 

Within the department, students study a rich and broad mix of classes including studio and academic coursework. These classes are led by educators who combine strong teaching with significant professional experience. They prioritize collaboration with students in their professional work both on and off campus and they value successes and failures at all stages of the process and curriculum. 

We offer a major in Theatre Arts with specialized tracks including acting/directing, dance, dramatic literature, and design/technical theatre. Our season offers many opportunities for both mainstage faculty directed, and student directed productions. Many students involved in our programs are majors or minors, however others are from any number of other majors who are drawn to the energy, teamwork and artistry of live performance.

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Contact Info


Kent BarrettAssociate Professor of Theatre Design

Production coordinator

Leah Gibson





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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

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Student Perspective

"Being and American studies major allows me to study anything I want. I have written papers on topics from football history to tap dance. In the dance major I have grown in both creative and intellectual capacities. I’ve had dance classes about choreography, modern dance technique and human anatomy. Dickinson’s liberal-arts education is interdisciplinary. My dance major pairs perfectly with my American studies major." 

— Brianna Weber ’24

Theatre & Dance News

The Art of Connection

The Art of Connection

“It meant a lot to be seen and recognized for work I’ve been doing since graduation." The class of 1989's alumni art show/reunion brought classmates together in fresh and inspiring ways.

Theatre & Dance and Dance Major Jobs 2024

Theatre & Dance and Dance Major Jobs 2024

Dance majors secure jobs at Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and more.

Freshworks Fuses Movement and Powerful Themes

Freshworks Fuses Movement and Powerful Themes

Dickinson’s spring dance concert features powerfully affecting works on the generational effects of war, the love and sweat of small-business ownership and more.

The Joy of Collaboration

The Joy of Collaboration

“There’s nothing I love more than working on music with others,” says Christian Winter ’24, a music major with a minor in medieval & early modern studies who plans a career in theatre and teaching.

Rock and Rebellion: Dickinson Presents Spring Awakening

Rock and Rebellion: Dickinson Presents Spring Awakening

“Every new generation faces seemingly impossible challenges." The groundbreaking rock musical Spring Awakening brings this timeless struggle to the stage in an edgy, emotionally charged way.

A Spring Awakening: College Announces New Public Arts Events

A Spring Awakening: College Announces New Public Arts Events

Awaken your senses this spring with invigorating performances, exhibits, readings and residencies.