The Department of Theatre and Dance provides practical, rigorous, and thoughtful training that develops artistic, professional, and life skills for students to share with the world. The performing arts play a vital role in a liberal arts education, the community, and society as a force that can educate, challenge, inspire, uplift, and heal both audience and artist. Realizing this potential requires skill in the art form, personal discipline, and humility–values our program strives to instill in our students.
Principia offer theatre majors and dance minors multiple avenues through which to grow as artists, community members, and Christian Scientists. Students demonstrate performance and production skills, critical thinking, historical and cultural awareness and personal character through discipline, compassion, and humility. Students put theory into practice in the classroom, costume and scene shops, theatre and dance productions and on interdisciplinary abroads. They have additional opportunities through participation in regional festivals and workshops with visiting professionals and guest artists.
The theatre major capstone encourages students to synthesize training by producing and directing a one-act play. Dancers have the opportunity to choreograph for the yearly main stage dance production. Students also have opportunities to design, build, and work in all aspects of technical production.
We value the interdisciplinary nature of a liberal arts education and foster an expansive approach to performing arts by recognizing the value of related arts: literature, creative writing, studio art, and music. In the performing arts the student-artist is the canvas, making inseparable the progression from theory to practice to performance. As a result, students grow in their understanding of themselves and in their empathy for others, becoming more compassionate, thoughtful, inspired human beings, and their work extends far beyond Principia.