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.
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
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:
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.
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:
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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