Theatre and Dance

About this Department

The mission of the Department of Theatre and Dance is to provide pre-professional and liberal arts training for all students within the disciplines of acting, musical theatre, dance, design and technology, directing, stage management, theatrical studies, and theatre education. The department's production season is ethnically and culturally diverse, stylistically varied, technologically enhanced, and guided by the University's Strategic Plan. The department encourages international, national, regional, community and university partnerships that broaden the educational and professional experiences of both our students and our faculty. Our numbers are growing toward 450 majors strong.

Theatre Mission and Objectives
The mission of the theatre unit of Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is to provide quality undergraduate education and training in theatre within a traditional humanistic liberal arts environment. 

Community Partnerships
The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a number of formal partnerships with community organizations that students may pursue for course credit as applicable: Muncie Civic Theatre reserves one directing slot per year in its Studio Series for a Production Option directing student capstone project. Theatre Education Option students can earn independent study credit by working in Muncie Burris Laboratory School's Drama Program, which is run entirely by the Theatre Education Option. Theatre 100 students have the opportunity to earn class credit by doing community service through Ball State's Student Voluntary Services. Finally, a partnership between the School of Music, the Department of Theatre and Dance (headed by the Theatre Education Option), Interlock: The East Central Indiana Autism Society of America, and Sibshops created the nationally recognized Ball State Prism Project. This project is a Saturday afternoon program using the performing arts as a medium to explore and develop social skills for children ages 6-14 who are challenged with special needs.

Dance Mission and Objectives
The dance major in Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance concentrates on a broad coverage of the performance field with advanced course work in ballet, folk dance, jazz, modern dance, tap, and musical theatre dance styles.

Community Partnerships
In the spring of 2013, Ball State Dance Theatre began its newly improved touring program. By audition only, our students began the semester by learning eight new works while also practicing the art of teaching improvisation exercises for participation purposes with our future viewers. With the guidance of the Artistic Director, BSDT developed a full hour presentation incorporating performance, lecture/demonstration, audience participation, and a Q&A session. Not only did this help our dance majors further model a professional company by giving them the opportunity to perform in venues outside of the university, but it also served as a means to…

• Increase the understanding and appreciation of dance within the community

• Broaden the dance experience and education of the dance majors by enhancing focus, commitment, and responsibility

• Promote Ball State Dance Theatre and the Department of Theatre and Dance

With the success of the touring program and positive feedback from our community partners, BSDT plans to continue and broaden the program on an every other year basis.

National Association of Schools of Theatre 
National Association of Schools of Dance 


Related Links
Production Handbook
Ball State Strategic Plan
Giving to Ball State
Ball State Facts
Directions to our Theatres