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Welcome to the Department of Theatre and Dance

West Chester University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to the educational development of its students, preparing them to meet the challenges of our contemporary world. To achieve this goal, the department supports the cultural climate of the university campus and the community by staging a variety of productions that represents a broad spectrum of theatre genres. Our programs provide a strong foundation in theatre and dance, with a broad range of upper-level courses in the following degree programs:

  • Theatre, with three professional concentrations:
    • Musical Theatre
    • Performance
    • Design and Production
  • and minors in Theatre and Dance.

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Mission Statement

The Department of Theatre and Dance at West Chester University prepares students for the worlds of Theatre and Dance, while raising student awareness of civility, diversity, creativity, and social responsibility. Students gain skills in communication, problem solving, management, technology, and research through performance and design opportunities in the classroom and through productions. We deliver a program that combines a challenging academic environment with a production schedule of artistic freedom that supports and strengthens the cultural, moral, and social fabric of our University and the society it serves.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To educate students in the content knowledge required in the disciplines of Theatre and Dance in order to provide a strong foundation of academic and professional development
  • To provide students with the appropriate skill sets required to translate theory into practical application
  • To foster an awareness of civility, diversity, and social responsibility




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