About the Department

Mission

The mission of the Department of Theatre and Dance is to nurture the next generation of collaborative, curious, and civically engaged artists, educators, and scholars through excellence in teaching, meaningful co-curricular opportunities, and individual mentorship for graduate and undergraduate students.  The department promotes the advancement of knowledge, innovation, and cultural understanding on a global and local level through creative activities and research.

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Our Team

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About Us

Texas State University‚Äôs Department of Theatre and Dance offers a diverse range of degrees in theatre, allowing our students to find a program suited to their skills and interests. The department offers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting, All-Level Teacher Certification, Performance and Production, Film Production, and Technical Production. At the graduate level, the department offers two graduate degrees: Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design, and Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing.

Our Dance Division offers two undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography, Single Level Teacher Certification and Dual Level Teacher Certification.

The department also offers an undergraduate minor in Theatre and another in Dance.

Equity Statement

The Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to equity and representation that reflects the student population, builds community, teaches compassion, and condemns intolerance. We are committed to advancing social justice by providing equal opportunity for all students without biases toward race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, economic status or political beliefs. As artists, educators and scholars, we strive to achieve a creative collaboration in our classrooms, rehearsal, and performance spaces with a focus and dedication to equitable representation while actively embracing traditionally under-represented groups and their contributions to the canon.

As our Diversity Committee continues to conference, we will state the actions the Department is taking to ensure our equity statement is adhered to. 

Land Acknowledgement

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We wish to acknowledge this land on which Texas State University exists and operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Jumano, Cibolo, Cantona, Casquesa, Coahuiltecan tribes. It is also the ancestral land for the Apache, Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Wichita, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Alabama-Coushatta, Creek, Kickapoo, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, and the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. 

Today, this meeting place is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be in unity in this physical and metaphysical space, to open our hearts to each other in the spirit of sharing our experiences in order to learn from each other.

(Information from this acknowledgement was gathered from the Edwards Aquifer website, the U.S Department of Arts and Culture, and ACPA website.)