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With 180 students working in 4 theatres, 6 shops, 4 labs, producing 8 –10 shows per year, the School of Theatre and Dance is an exciting and vibrant place to study and practice the art and craft of theatre and dance. The program offers a one-to-one mentoring basis with a challenging and comprehensive curriculum.

The School of Theatre & Dance is part of WVU’s College of Creative Arts and shares the Loulie, Valerie and William Canady Creative Arts Center with the School of Music, School of Art & Design, and the Reed School of Media and Communications. The School offers students the advantages of personal instruction of a smaller school with the resources of a major research university.

School of Theatre and Dance Mission Statement

We, the faculty and staff, educate students in the diverse traditions and practices of theatre and dance. We challenge each student to engage and confront—vigorously, honestly, and innovatively—the many processes of collaborative theatre and dance. We exemplify to our students the role of creative artists to develop, to explore, and to contribute meaningfully to the world they inhabit.

Dance Program Mission Statement

The Dance Program at WVU offers a comprehensive dance training program with a liberal arts emphasis. The program offers a rigorous and intellectually stimulating curriculum with diverse performance opportunities preparing students for a lifetime involvement in dance and related disciplines. Beyond technique classes, dance theory and research courses, the program presents each student a chance to grow as an individual and discover personal interests through cross-disciplinary studies within a respected research institute like WVU.