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Theatre and Dance

From theatre history and acting techniques to stage lighting and costuming, the study of theatre and dance covers every aspect of this age-old art form.

At IU South Bend, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts in theatre or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre. The academic and production aspects of the program are integrated to provide students every opportunity to learn the art of theatre.

The B.A. degree gives students a broad acquaintance and experience with the various ways theatre artists study, interpret, and express the world in which we live. The B.F.A. degree is designed to prepare students for the professional theatre or additional training at the graduate level. It features an intense focus on a selected area of concentration (performance or design/technical) and extensive production experience designed to promote excellence.

Each year theatre and dance students perform or otherwise work on several major productions at the IU South Bend Campus Auditorium or a smaller campus venue, the Upstage.

Department of Theatre and Dance Mission Statement

Vision Statement:

The vision of the department of theatre and dance is to inspire, inform, nurture, amaze, amuse, educate, and empower student artists and audiences.

Our Mission:

To empower students to thrive as creative and compassionate theatre and dance artists through rigorous liberal arts-based curricula guided by professional faculty for career preparation.

 All students are provided opportunities for:

  • Extensive and diverse production and artistic work.
  • Academic research, scholarship, and creative activity in the arts and beyond.

Establishing a work ethic of collaboration, personal discipline and respect.