Department of Theatre and Dance


  • National Association of Schools of Theatre-Commission on Accreditation – Musical Theatre (BFA); Speech and Theatre Education (BSEd); Theatre (BA, BS); Theatre and Dance (BFA)
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Speech and Theatre Education (BSEd)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation – Speech and Theatre Education (BSEd)

Program requirements and restrictions

General education program restriction

Students seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree within the Theatre and Dance department may not use courses toward both the major requirements and the general education requirements.

Bachelor of Arts fine arts restriction

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre may not use courses toward both the major and the Fine Arts requirement.

General information


Dance concerts are presented annually as part of the cultural attractions available to the community. A faculty choreographed dance concert is presented each spring semester. Student choreographed studio programs are presented each semester, and advanced student work is selected for a full-fledged concert. Theatre productions often include dance as an integral element. Inertia Dance Company is the resident student organization which gives dance lecture-demonstrations and concert works to schools and groups throughout the geographic area. 

Dramatic performance activities

The department affords students with theatre and dance talent an avenue of expression and provides the campus community with entertaining and worthwhile productions. Several directed productions, which may include plays, musicals, operas, children’s plays, or performance pieces, are presented each year. Through participation in these productions, students gain practical experience in design, in constructing and painting scenery, building costumes, applying makeup, light control technology and in acting in outstanding plays of all periods. Productions are presented in Coger Theatre, the intimate Balcony Theatre in Craig Hall, and Juanita K. Hammons Hall for Performing Arts. 

One of the area’s favorite summer attractions is Tent Theatre. From June through July three shows, including musicals, are presented to local and regional audiences. This popular entertainment has been thrilling theatre-goers for over fifty years.

The In-School Players, a group of advanced students chosen from audition, prepares original theatrical material to tour to area elementary schools two afternoons a week through the late fall and spring semesters.

The Inertia Dance Company, a group of advanced students chosen from audition, performs for the public several times during the year at various venues.