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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

  • Four Concentrations to Enhance Your Degree
  • Common Good Players
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Collaboration
  • 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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    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about art and design? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3237. 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.

    Brighter Connections

    Students can help facilitate a 6-week theatre summer camp for youth ages 8-18 on the autism spectrum. Participants gain hands-on experience helping youth with ASD improve their communication and teamwork skills.

    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.


    Department of Art and Design

    Fitz Hall, Room 250
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2923


    common academic program course offerings for all students