Theatre and Dance

BA in Theatre

Approached with inspiration and openness, the arts can lead to better communication, a fuller sense of identity and worth, and a growing empathy for others. The Department of Theatre and Dance believes that the performing arts are relevant to individual lives, our college community, and the world, and that the arts have the potential to change these things for the better. The faculty bring years of professional acting, directing, producing, designing, and dance experience to the classroom and productions.

Options within the department

Theatre major: Our majors are well-rounded theatre and dance artists who develop discipline-specific skills as well as an understanding of the historical, cultural, and literary traditions of the performing arts. Students gain valuable hands-on experience in every aspect of theatrical productions. They have the opportunity to work on stage and behind the scenes in multiple styles, genres, and theatre periods. A theatre minor is also offered.

Dance minor: Along with getting a strong grounding in technique, dance minors study theatre movement and dance history. They also have many opportunities to perform and even to choreograph.

What our majors do during college
  • Perform, perform, perform!
  • Work with visiting theatre and dance professionals
  • Study abroad in Europe, India, Japan, and China
  • Direct a one-act play for a capstone class
  • Choreograph for and perform in the annual Dance Production
  • Compete at the American College Theater Festival
  • Intern at regional and summer stock theatres and with local dance companies
  • Design, build, and crew for dance and theatre productions
what our majors do after college
  • Attend graduate programs in theatre, dance, and creative writing
  • Teach at public and private schools
  • Dance in a professional company or act on stage, on television, and in films
  • Direct stage plays and manage theatre and musical groups
  • Work for casting agencies in theatre and film

See the College Catalog for more detailed information about our program and departmental learning outcomes.


While attending Principia, theatre major Dana Gaubatz (C’12) also:


  • Served as House Board president, athletic head, and metaphysical head
  • Competed on the varsity track team in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m, and long jump
  • Participated in Drama and Frisbee Clubs
  • Performed in Dance Production
  • Performed in eight theatre productions—Moon Over Buffalo, Wonderful Town, Summer Brave, Robin Hood, Tartuffe, Tale of Two Cities, Pericles, and Almost, Maine.

Imagine what you could do!