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

Shining a Light on Dance

Shining a Light on Dance

Here’s all you need to know about the Dance Theatre Group’s spring concert, held April 29-30 and May 1.

Dickinson Presents

Dickinson Presents 'Little Shop of Horrors' With a Twist

Dickinson's production of 'Little Shop' features offbeat humor, an eco-minded twist and catchy tunes that will have you singing, "Feed me, Seymour!" Join the fun!

Dickinson Musicians Sound Call for Peace

Dickinson Musicians Sound Call for Peace

As the conflict in Ukraine continues, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends present a powerful concert about war and peace.

Dickinson Students Present David Auburn

Dickinson Students Present David Auburn's 'Proof'

Dickinson's senior-project production of 'Proof' uses humor and intellect to portray a story of family, legacy and math.

Spring 2022 Public Arts Events Announced

Spring 2022 Public Arts Events Announced

From contemplative to camp, Dickinson's spring arts events offer something for everyone.

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.