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Department of Theatre and Dance

The Theatre and Dance Department is a training program that focuses on the professional skills expected on any stage, set, studio, audition or in any dance company. We offer a BFA in Acting, Dance, Design, Musical Theatre, and Stage Management as well as a BA in Theatre, and Dance.

Department of Theatre and Dance

APSU’s Theatre and 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.


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Austin Peay musical theatre senior to perform at Theaterlab in New York City
Austin Peay musical theatre senior to perform at Theaterlab in New York City

Senior musical theatre student Breanna Douglas will perform in the culminating staged reading of "Our Tempest," a new play by Jake Brasch, at Theaterlab in New York City on June 6, 2022.

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Austin Peay acting graduate lands yearlong Atlanta theatre internship
Austin Peay acting graduate lands yearlong Atlanta theatre internship

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.

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Austin Peay to present world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Five Savory Dishes’
Austin Peay to present world premiere of John Patrick Shanley's 'Five Savory Dishes'

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.

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Where have APSU alumni gone?
Meet Paige Briana Lewandowski

After completing a 1 year stage management internship at Lexington Children's Theatre, Paige has moved to New York where she is beginning work as a Stage Manager in the Julliard School Professional Internship Program.

Meet William Stewart Ladd

William Ladd currently works for StageOne National Dance Competition and for Applause Talent Competition. William is also signed to the JLM Talent Management Firm.

Meet Lauren Lynch

Lauren has started graduate work towards an MFA at Texas Tech University. She currently teaches Intro to Cinema and is in rehearsals for a role in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia for TTU Theatre and Dance's Maedgen Mainstage.

Meet Ben McCormack

Ben just finished a season as the Assistant Technical Director at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. He now is in Pittsburgh beginning work on his MFA. Ben was accepted into the graduate program in Production and Technology Management at Carnegie Melon University.

Meet Michael Mason

Michael is currently a Resident Production Intern at Lexington Children's Theatre specializing in scenic painting.

Meet Jennifer Whitcolm-Olivia

Since graduating from APSU, Jennifer has been acting professionally in and around Nashville. She has performed with Nashville Rep, Studio Tennessee, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater, Nashville Opera, and others. She also teaches dance/musical theatre in the Nashville/Franklin area.

Meet Dale Krupla

Dale is a videographer and film maker in New York City. In 2013 he founded Fez Empire Productions specializing in video production with a focus on interviews, branding from concept to completion, and editing for fashion. His work has been seen on GQ.com, WABC Eyewitness News 7 New York, Madison Square Garden and in the back of New York City taxis. His work can be seen at Fezempire.com.

Meet Rafael Tillery

Since graduating from APSU, Rafael performed as a guest artist with Garth Fagan Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II. Currently, he is in his second season as a dancer with the MADCO Dance Company in St. Louis, MO.

Meet Kevin Loveland

Kevin completed his MFA degree in Dance at Mills College in Oakland, CA. He is an adjunct dance faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University and recently completed a summer Theatre and Dance program at the French Woods Performing Arts Festival.

Meet Laquimah Van Dunk

Laquimah completed her MFA in Dance at the University of Utah in 2014. She is a touring company member of David Dorfman Dane and has been a guest faculty member for Bates College as well as a staff member for the Bates Dance Festival.

Meet Holly Brown

Since graduating from APSU, Holly has been a dance director for a music and dance studio, overseeing the dance program and performing with the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville. Holly is now the Creative Director for ASET Academy of Performing Arts; a nonprofit in Nashville.