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School of Theatre & Dance



Chair – Dr. Mark Charney
Academic Advisor – Beth Scheckel
(806) 834-5291


Students in this department earn degrees in dance or theatre arts, including pre-professional theatre arts degrees with a specialization in either acting or design/technology.  Graduates of the department enjoy professional and academic careers nationally and internationally.

Endowed and departmental scholarships are available. Selections are based on GPA, service to the School, need, recommendations, and field of study.  Applications can be downloaded from the department website.

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Theatre Arts                Bachelor of Arts with a major in Dance
Fields of Specialization in                       
Theatre Arts - Acting                                                                   Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre
Theatre Arts – Design/Technology
Graduate degrees (MA, MFA, PhD) with concentrations or emphases in Arts Administration; Design; History/Theory/Criticism; Performance & Pedagogy; and Playwriting. Please contact Beth Scheckel for more information on graduate or undergraduate programs.


Theatre or dance educator Acting for stage
Design for stage and film    Professional stage management
Work as professional technician and/or stage hand Commercial work in industrial theatre
Box office employment in a professional theatre Auditioning for dance & theatre
Arts management and advocacy Marketing, development, or managing director
Local or state arts agencies Television and film work as actor, designer, or technician
Theatre or dance studio founder Professional choreography and performance. . . . and more!



ACTING: Barry Corbin of One Tree Hill and No Country for Old Men; G.W. Bailey of The Closer;  Brad Leland (Williams) of Friday Night Lights, Trampas Thompson, Hollywood stuntman, Daytime Emmy Award winner, Scott Gryder, as actor, puppeteer, and makeup artist for Green Screen Adventures. 
BEHIND THE SCENES: Randy Cordray, producer of The Office, Dharma & Greg, and Still Standing, and Hudson Hickman, executive vice president for television, MGM Studios;  James Duff.
DESIGN/TECHNOLOGY: Jack Hagler, nationally recognized theatre consultant and partner for the firm of Schuler & Shook.David Martin, professional stage and film designer and partner in an industrial design firm; Bruce Rodgers, President & Designer of Tribe Design East and West Coast; Bob Vukasovich, Emmy Nominated Art Director for House;
DANCE: Caitlin Williams, Summer Intensive Coordinator Asstant at American Ballet Theatre in New York City; Sarah Kyrouac, Development Assistant at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; Jenny Crosson, featured performer with Disney.
OTHER: Ryan Bruce, National Award winner in Directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; Randall Rapstine, Regional Award winner in Criticism from the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.


Alpha Psi Omega (national honorary theatre society)  The Flying Tortillas (improvisation troupe)
Script Raiders (dedicated to new script development)  United States Institute for Theatre Technology Student Chapter
Chi Tau Epsilon (national honorary dance society)  University Dance Company (audition-based)
Dancers with Soul (competitive hip hop team) Vitality Dance Company (contemporary and lyrical company