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Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology

Passion meets practical.

We offer a theatre and dance major that allows for artists to become well-rounded and socially conscious practitioners through experiential learning in all areas. Students can pursue four different concentrations in the major: acting, applied theatre, dance and performance technology, or simply choose theatre studies for a generalist approach.

  • Top 25

    nationally ranked for best bachelor of arts theatre programs by OnStage

  • 4

    main stage productions each year

  • 100%

    of students receive one-on-one mentoring in their craft and opportunities to perform, stage manage and design

Theatre is a collaborative art form and students can choose concentrations in acting, applied theatre, dance and performance technology.

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All students learn applied theatre methods for the most flexible career paths as civically engaged artists that serve their communities

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Our dance ensemble student dancers are mentored by dance professionals who are actively working in their field. We also produce a collaborative dance concert with DCDC annually, providing a tremendous opportunity for our dance students.

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Interested in learning more about our program? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by contacting our department at You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Our Productions

Gain hands-on experience working in a wide range of theatre productions, including mainstage productions and experimental work. In the performance technology fields, we offer one-on-one mentoring and internships in scenic, costume, sound and lighting design. Majors also have the opportunity to be paid to work in the scene shop, costume shop or arts administration.

Facets Theatre

Facets Theatre (formerly Brighter Connections Theatre) is an inclusive theatre camp for everyone: youth ages 8 through adult, neurotypical or neurodivergent, all are welcome. The camps are offered by UD theatre, dance, and performance technology faculty and staff, in addition to instructors with expertise in teaching inclusive neurodiverse theatre.

Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program

Fitz Hall, Room 475
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2945


common academic program course offerings for all students