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

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

"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

Scholarship Stories: Professor of English Wendy Moffat

Scholarship Stories: Professor of English Wendy Moffat

Professor of English Wendy Moffat discusses the inspiration behind the Donald Moffat Scholarship, which she established in memory of her father.

Dancing to a Different Tune

Dancing to a Different Tune

The 2021 Freshworks concert includes an on-campus film screening and a live, streamside performance showcasing new interdisciplinary work.

Student Snapshot: Lillian Carver ’21

Student Snapshot: Lillian Carver ’21

“Every class I’ve taken through the [medieval & early modern studies] program has reinforced my love of learning and reminded me how happy studying your passion can make you,” says Lillian Carver ’21.

Student Snapshot: Brendan Carr ’22

Student Snapshot: Brendan Carr ’22

As a double major in environmental studies and theatre, Brendan Carr ’22 merges a passion for the arts with a drive to help bring about positive social and environmental change.

Student Snapshot: Nina Spoelker ’21

Student Snapshot: Nina Spoelker ’21

Nina Spoelker ’21 co-manages a video series of brief, in-depth chats between theatre & dance students, alumni and faculty. After graduation, she’ll work for Enterprise Knowledge.

Box of Dickinson Arts (BoDA) Brings Artworks, Performances Outdoors

Box of Dickinson Arts (BoDA) Brings Artworks, Performances Outdoors

Dickinson creatives are taking it to the streets this spring with BoDA, a pop-up, outdoor performance and exhibition space that brings the arts to Britton Plaza and sparks online conversations.