Students who choose to study in the performing arts (theatre and dance) have several programs of study from which to choose. APSU offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Fine Arts in Theatre/Dance with Concentrations in Acting/Directing, Theatre Design, Musical Theatre, and Dance. The curriculum for each area is diverse and challenging. Coursework includes skill-based classes as well as theoretical and research courses. Our Theatre minor and Dance minor curriculum covers a breadth of subjects and methods.
What makes Austin Peay’s Theatre and Dance program unique is the commitment we have to the personal attention to each student and also to his or her professional growth for career building beyond time spent at the university. We keep class sizes capped so that the student-to-faculty ratio is relatively low, and we optimize student main stage opportunities every year. Moreover, we give our students regional exposure by actively participating in the major theatre and dance conferences around the country; thus, our students are afforded many opportunities to succeed as theatre and dance practitioners, educators, and as other professionals in the fields they choose to pursue after graduation.
Graduates with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre/Dance from Austin Peay State University will have a world of careers and opportunities awaiting them. These opportunities may include: Teacher, Choreographer, Artistic Director, Recreation Leader, Dance Researcher, Graduate School, Actor, Set Design, Costume Design, Stage Management, Director, Talent Manager, Special Events Planning, Arts Administration, and more.
Margaret Rennerfeldt, Chair
Department of Theatre & Dance
Austin Peay State University
For more information about studying theatre or dance at APSU, follow this link to the Theatre and Dance website.
Talent-based scholarship consideration is open to all BA and BFA Theatre/Dance students. Scholarships are awarded after a successful Scholarship Audition. Audition dates/times are posted on the Theatre/Dance website. Theatre/Dance also awards out-of-state tuition waivers, based on a successful Scholarship Audition. Additional Theatre/Dance scholarships are awarded based on specific criteria as outlined in the university shcolarship applicaiton process.
Follow this link to theatre/dance programs of study.
The Center for Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University brings world-class writers, musicians, performers, and artists to campus each year to work with students in master classes, concerts, and workshops. For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, follow this link to the Center for Excellence in the Creative Arts.