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.

For more information about the program, please contact us at theatre&dance@dickinson.edu or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Current students can find more information at our Linktree.

Contact Info

Chair

Sherry Harper-McCombsProfessor of Theatre and Resident Costume Designer

Production coordinator

Leah Gibson

Phone

717-245-1239

Fax

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Social Media

Location

Montgomery House Mailing Address

Department Features




Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here

Jobs

  • 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

"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: Chakravartin Sokhomsan

Student Snapshot: Chakravartin Sokhomsan '24 

Chakravartin Sokhomsan ’24 is passionate about the arts and community-building. Through a recent internship, he planned and starred in an interarts performance at a nearby state park.

Dickinson Presents Shakespeare Under Open Skies

Dickinson Presents Shakespeare Under Open Skies

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets! Seven Ages of Shakespeare will bring some of the Bard's best-loved songs, sonnets and scenes to Morgan Field.

Embracing the Artistic Process

Embracing the Artistic Process

Former theatre arts major, artist and business owner Emie Hughes ’13 creates artwork combining nature’s beauty and her passion for blue at Blue Jar LLC.

Student Snapshot: Hadley D’Esopo ’23

Student Snapshot: Hadley D’Esopo ’23

Hadley D’Esopo ’23 was looking for a college with a strong sense of community, and that's exactly what she found at Dickinson.

Supporting Creative Experiences

Supporting Creative Experiences

Former theatre arts major, Sara Brookner ’08 helps bring the world’s greatest performers to her community as associate director of institutional giving at Celebrity Series of Boston.

Restarting the Arts

Restarting the Arts

Dickinson's art, creative writing, dance, music and theatre programs present a variety of thoughtful and joyful events this fall.