Department of Theatre & Dance
APSU’s Theatre & Dance Department fosters artists, scholars and professionals who positively impact our world. We provide a creative environment in which we educate and prepare students for the professional worlds of Theatre and Dance.
- Students progress through a rigorous training program that incorporates both practice and scholarship.
- We support student’s creative, performance, and scholarly aptitudes through exposure to diverse practical and philosophical approaches to dance and theatre studies.
- We advance critical thought processes by stressing the theoretical, pedagogical, and historical aspects of theatre and dance studies.
- We nurture and inspire excellence in student achievement.
- We cultivate equitable and expansive socially conscious, engaged industry professionals who strive to be represent the changes the industry requires.
Department of Theatre and Dance Anti-racism and inclusion statement:
The Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to anti-racist and inclusion practices to effect change on the culture of our department and the theatre and dance world.
We will do this by first acknowledging the land we occupy
We are currently on the native land of
ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East)
Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee)
As a public University we benefit from this land and its resources, economic privilege and power afforded to all persons settled here. We acknowledge that this land is colonized, indigenous territory crafted through indigenous and slave labor. Therefore, we recognize our unearned privilege gained of this land by forced removal and enslavement.
The Department of Theatre and Dance are taking, and will continuously evaluate our actions, to change our culture by:
- Making thoughtful choices for our performance season, guest artist selection, scholarships and curriculum that reflect the students in our program
- Representing/recognizing all students of varied identities and differences of race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, tribe, and socio-economic status.
- Ensuring fair treatment, equity in opportunities and access to information and resources for all.
- Building a culture of inclusion and belonging by actively inviting participation and contribution of all.
- Reviewing, revising, and disrupting the curriculum in an effort to decolonize pedagogical practices and standards that exclude marginalized people.
- Valuing supportive spaces that allow for open, difficult, and brave discourse.
- Purposeful inclusion of this subject matter in all courses, rehearsals, and activities of the department.
We, in the Department of Theatre and Dance, are committed to this ongoing process.
BFA Degree in Theatre / Dance
BA Degree in Theatre / Dance
What Do Theatre and Dance Majors Do After Graduation?
- Professional Actor
- Adjunct Faculty
- Artistic Director
- Arts Administrator
- Arts Educator
- Arts Manager
- Ballet Instructor
- Community Dance Instructor
- Dance Company Manager
- Dance Therapist
- Professional Dancer
- Marketing Manager
- Performance Artist
- Professional Performer
- Performing Arts Teacher
- Rehearsal Director
- Theatre Programmer
- Yoga Instructor
- Professional Theatrical Designer
Corey Finley - BA Acting - 2020 - Current Intern at Actors Express Atlanta
Alex Heide - BFA Dance - 2020 - Current Instructor at The Dance Academy of Michigan
"Got Used Electronics Ad" - Featuring Lexi Putter and Logan Reed - BFA Acting - 2021
Zach Wilde - BFA Musical Theatre - 2021 - "I was fortunate enough to book a rock opera in South Carolina while I was still a student at APSU and when I arrived I was so ready! The information, education, and training I received while at APSU prepared me for a very challenging role and I’m so grateful for the training I received. It made every aspect of my month-long experience so much easier and I’m eternally grateful for the faculty and staff that helped me get exactly where I needed to be to succeed."
Performing in Rock Opera at Glow Lyric Theatre in NC
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Austin Peay State University's Corey Finley, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in acting this spring, has landed a highly sought one-year acting internship at Actors Express in Atlanta.Read More
From Thursday, Nov. 21-Sunday, Nov. 24, APSU Department of Theatre and Dance and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) will present "Five Savory Dishes" - a world premiere evening of one-act plays written Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley.Read More
Ashley has directed such hits for Atlanta's Actor's Express as "Rent," "The Rocky Horror Show," "End of the Rainbow," "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Grey Gardens."Read More