Theatre and Dance

About this Department

Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance offers seven diverse degree options that emphasize developing and nurturing each student's creativity, curiosity, and collaborative skills. We inspire our students to be thinkers, responsible citizens, and motivated theatre artists who will make a difference in creating the next generation's voice.

Our undergraduate-only program, low student-to-faculty ratio, hands-on advising and mentoring from a faculty of working professionals, and distinguished guest artists in all disciplines allow for the personal development of each artist as an individual.

We offer B.F.A. degrees in Acting, Dance, and Musical Theatre, and B.A./B.S. degrees in Design and Technology, Directing/Stage Management, Theatre Education and Theatrical Studies.

The department is an active award-winning participant in KCACTF, SETC and USITT. Our degrees are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and National Association of Schools of Dance.

Theatre Mission and Objectives

Dance Mission and Objectives

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 directing student capstone project.
  • Theatre Education 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.
  • 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 (The Sibling Support Project) created the nationally recognized Ball State Prism Project. This project is a program that utilizes the performing arts as a medium to explore and develop social skills for children ages 6-14 who are challenged with special needs.
  • Ball State Dance Theatre began its newly improved touring program in Spring 2013. Under the guidance of the Artistic Director, BSDT develops presentations incorporating performance, lecture/demonstration, audience participation, and Q&A sessions. Participation in BSDT (which is by audition only) gives our dance majors the opportunity to model a professional company by giving them the experience of performing in venues outside of the university.  It also serves as a means to:
    1. Increase understanding and appreciation of dance within the community
    2. Broaden the education of the dance majors by emphasizing the importance of focus, commitment, and responsibility 
    3. Promote Ball State Dance Theatre and the Department of Theatre and Dance

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

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