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Department of Theatre & Dance



Chair – Dr. Mark Charney
Academic Advisor – Beth Scheckel
(806) 742-3601 xt 236


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 department, 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
Television and film work as actor, designer, or technician           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 (television show and film), Comanche Moon, Walker Texas Ranger, and other various television roles; Trampas Thompson, Hollywood stuntman who has been featured in many films including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy; National 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.  Alum Will Bigham, winner of the 2007 FOX reality show On the Lot, was awarded a one million dollar development deal with DreamWorks/Paramount Studios.  Alum James Duff is the creator, executive producer, and writer for TNT’s The Closer, starred Kyra Sedgwick; Cory Norman, assistant producer of Theatre Three in Dallas.
DESIGN/TECHNOLOGY: Jack Hagler, a nationally recognized theatre consultant and partner for the firm of Schuler & Shook, has been credited with extensive experience in the design and equipping of performing arts facilities. Other outstanding graduates include:  Whitney Frazier, professional stage manager for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and Cincinnati Opera; David Martin, professional stage and film designer in New York City 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: Lisa Lawrence Holland, education director at the Dallas Theatre Center; 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)                 Alternative Fuels (improvisation troupe)
Chi Tau Epsilon (national honorary dance society)                     University Dance Company (audition-based)
Script Raiders (dedicated to new script development)                United States Institute for Theatre Technology Student Chapter