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

Chair

Kent BarrettAssociate Professor of Theatre Design

Production coordinator

Leah Gibson

Phone

717-245-1239

Fax

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Social Media

Location

Montgomery House Mailing Address

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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

"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

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.

Dickinson Acting Students Perform for Broadway’s Christopher Jackson

Dickinson Acting Students Perform for Broadway’s Christopher Jackson

What happens when Broadway star Christopher Jackson ("Hamilton") visits your introductory acting class? First-year student Roma Cervino gives us the scoop.

Welcome to the Dinner Party: Inspired by Iconic Work, Dance Concert Spotlights Women’s Rights

Welcome to the Dinner Party: Inspired by Iconic Work, Dance Concert Spotlights Women’s Rights

Inspired by feminist icon Judy Chicago's controversial work, The Dinner Party: A Dance Concert journeys through herstory and celebrates the women in our lives.

Witches, Beware! ‘Crucible’ Haunts the Dickinson Stage

Witches, Beware! ‘Crucible’ Haunts the Dickinson Stage

Dickinson's Halloween-season production of 'The Crucible' brings fresh perspectives to an American classic.

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Presidential Address: 'Hamilton' Star Christopher Jackson to Visit Dickinson

Celebrated performer/composer Christopher Jackson, best known as George Washington in the Broadway and Disney+ hit 'Hamilton,' comes to campus Nov. 2 to deliver annual Poitras-Gleim lecture.

Student Snapshot: Brianna Weber ’24

Student Snapshot: Brianna Weber ’24

“The community fosters a spirit of hard work because students are supported.” Meet Weiss Prize recipient Brianna Weber ’24 and learn about the classes that inspire her work.