Theatre and Dance

At Wells, students are involved daily in the practice of live theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes.
Professor on stage
Student stage production
The movement of dance
Theatre on stage
Student dancing
Teaching dance
Guest speaker about puppets

Theatre courses work from a Spolin- and Hagen-based approach to acting and directing. The dance program is based in modern dance (Cunningham-Limón-Laban) and ballet techniques (Russian and Italian), plus pointe technique, improvisation, and jazz. Courses in design and technical theatre prepare students for internships and jobs at professional theatres.

The theatre and dance major provides a program of interdisciplinary study that prepares students for a wide range of careers in the performing arts, including performance, stage management, arts management, producing, directing, choreography, teaching and writing, creative arts therapy, and entertainment law.

Working in close, one-on-one relationships with faculty and guest artists, students gain experience in peer leadership and creative process, while developing skills in acting, dancing, and design techniques. Hands-on learning is supported and enriched by the study of history and theory, which informs the interpretive technique of the performer and fosters intellectual curiosity and cross-cultural awareness.

In addition to course offerings:

  • Guest artists regularly visit theatre and dance classes.
  • The College's "Arts and Lecture Series" brings high quality artists to campus every year.
  • Students travel annually to American College Dance Association conferences.
  • Students work with faculty annually at Aurora's own Morgan Opera House downtown.

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Degree Requirements

"If you have the drive to do something at Wells, you get the support to make it happen."

Alex Riad '12
Double Major in English and Theatre & Dance; Director of Admissions at Jacob Krueger Studio
Program Faculty
Jeanne Goddard
Professor of Dance
Siouxsie Easter
Associate Professor of Theatre
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A student's chance to fill the spotlight on stage has never been denied at Wells College, mentally and/or physically. Theater and Dance majors are some of the most active on campus with opportunities to direct, write, and perform in a variety of plays. The Faculty Dance Concert is not only a challenging opportunity to work together for class credit, but one of the most anticipated campus event. Even better, various performing clubs on campus such as the step team Prodigy and Dance Collective offer the chance to share your passions for performing with others. Visiting professionals are always on campus to share their expertise. The Arts and Lecture Series brings guests such as Future Pointe Dance Company and the indie string quartet Ethel for performances and workshops.


Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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