Our Mission

Why we're here

 
Photo by Matthew Wright, Fig Tree Photography

In the tradition of the liberal arts, Muhlenberg's Theatre & Dance Department doesn't just concern itself with training actors, dancers, and designers. We aim to create an environment in which actors, dancers, and designers become thinkers and artists.

“We aim to produce flexible, rigorous artist-thinkers who can contribute to the greater good.”

The Mission of the Department
of Theatre & Dance

The Department of Theatre & Dance develops creative citizens who pursue multiple ways to know and articulate truths about the world through the study and practice of performance. The curriculum melds intensive studio training and substantive critical analysis in the liberal arts tradition.

The departmental production season affords further opportunities for embodied application of artmaking in the public arena. We aim to produce flexible, rigorous artist-thinkers who can contribute to the greater good. Our course offerings and productions embrace diverse aesthetic forms drawn from various performance techniques, historical eras, and cultural traditions.

Collaboration is our core value and the foundation of the program. Faculty, staff, and students join together to create a spirited department characterized by trust, personal responsibility, healthy risk-taking, and mutual respect. Ultimately, the department equips students with the intellectual, artistic, and interpersonal skills to comprehend and adapt to a changing world and in turn remake it as independent thinkers, citizens, and creators.

Departmental Curricular Learning Goals


Photo: Master Choreographers 2010, photo by Matthew Wright