Theatre and Dance

Learn from working theater and dance professionals in a hands-on bachelor’s degree program that prepares students of all skill levels for diverse careers in the performing arts and beyond.

Join a dynamic performing arts program that puts you to work right away, both on stage and behind the scenes. As a theatre and dance major at Wells College, you'll start getting valuable stage and production experience early in your undergraduate program—working closely with top theatre and dance professionals who help you discover your passion, craft a program that fits your interests, and prepare for career success. In addition to a required internship in theatre and dance, other hands-on opportunities include a London theatre experiential learning trip, study abroad programs, work-study jobs in the theatre and dance department, and more. The Theatre and Dance major at Wells College leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

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A Look Inside the Theatre and Dance Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells

In the Theatre and Dance bachelor’s degree program at Wells, students are involved daily in the practice of live theatre, gaining 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.

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 theatre and dance majors for internships and jobs at professional theatres.

Because we are a small liberal arts college, we also offer a level of personal mentorship, guidance, and direct involvement you won’t find at many universities. You’ll work in close, one-on-one relationships with top faculty and guest artists, receiving highly individualized feedback from professionals in the performing arts, and even collaborating with faculty on live productions. Students of all majors are invited to join in theatre and dance events, and we welcome students of all experience and skill levels to the program.

95 percent of Wells theatre and dance graduates over the last five years started jobs in the performing arts right out of school.

"The Theatre and Dance program is welcoming to students of all levels of experience, and is willing to help teach them not only acting and dance, but also technical skills with lights, sounds, costumes, scenic design, and even team work in a new environment. It helps students really explore different areas and helps them discover what they may enjoy." Amanda Kuzar, Class of 2018, Psychology major

What You’ll Learn as a Theatre and Dance Major

  • Production and performance theory and techniques
  • Music, theatre, and dance history
  • Advanced communication and teamwork skills that you can apply to diverse careers

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the Theatre and Dance Bachelor’s Degree Program

A variety of internship and other experiential learning opportunities offer you the chance to gain real work experience, build your professional network, and find employment in the performing arts as you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Wells. As a theatre and dance major, you’ll have opportunities to:

  • Work in jobs involving stage management, production, choreography, directing, fundraising, office management and more with professional arts organizations across the country and abroad as part of your required internship experience
  • Travel annually to American College Dance Association conferences
  • Work with faculty at Aurora's own Morgan Opera House downtown
  • Take part in work-study jobs with the theater and dance department

At Wells, you can also take your passion for the performing arts around the world. We offer a variety of opportunities to study and work overseas, experience a different culture, and enrich your undergraduate education. Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells.

Related Minor Degree Programs

In addition to the Theatre and Dance major, we also offer separate minors in both theatre and dance. If you’re interested in the arts, you might also want to explore these minors at Wells:  

Career Options for Theatre and Dance Majors

Our Theatre and Dance program has an excellent track record: 95 percent of graduates over the last five years have started jobs in the performing arts right out of school. Recent graduates have gone on to work for prestigious theatre productions in New York, and work in a variety of roles in the performing arts, including performance, stage management, producing, directing, choreography, and more. Others have gone on to graduate school, or to careers in teaching and writing, entertainment law, or have started their own businesses. In fact, the Theatre and Dance bachelor’s degree program is an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers: our graduates are strong communicators, gifted collaborators, and know how to stand out from the crowd. They also bring a broad range of skills, gained through a rich liberal arts curriculum, to any field they wish to pursue.

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"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
A Midsummer Night's Dream
10-23-2015
The Wells College Theatre and Dance Department is proud to present the Fall Faculty Production "A Midsummer Night's Dream," written by William Shakespeare and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre...
News: Performance
02-22-2017

Elizabeth Mozer, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at Binghamton University, will bring her newest piece, The Asylum Project...

04-25-2016

On April 15 and 16, the Women's Resource Center (WRC) presented their second annual Body Monologues. The performances took place...

04-07-2016

This spring, just cutting into Wells' Spring Break, eight students and Professor of Dance Jeanne Goddard attended and participated in the...

Program Faculty
Heather Acomb
Visiting Assistant 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.

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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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