Exciting World of the Performing Arts
The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Memphis invites you to join
us as we explore the exciting world of the performing arts. We are dedicated to a
unified program designed to help you learn to use your body, voice, and mind more
proficiently than you ever thought possible. We believe that each student should be
broadly prepared in as many meaningful artistic experiences as imaginable. We celebrate
theatre and dance in all its infinite varieties.
Programs of Study
We offer the BFA degree in Theatre with concentrations in Performance and Design and
Technical Production, and graduate studies leading to an MFA degree in Theatre. Within
the MFA degree, training is available in Directing and in Design and Technical Production.
If you are a performer, you may notice that there is no MFA program in acting, which
means you are not competing with graduate actors for roles! The University of Memphis
is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
An Excellent Faculty
Our emphasis on professionalism is reflected by the department's excellent faculty
of 15 teachers and artists dedicated to the nurturing of individual creativity. More
than just outstanding professors, at the Department of Theatre & Dance you will encounter
genuine mentors, a faculty devoted to your development as an individual. Our faculty
remain active in their chosen fields continuing to direct, design, choreograph, produce,
and perform, on campus and off. Faculty maintain professional affiliations and professional
contacts which enrich the classroom experience.
A Full Production Season
The Department of Theatre & Dance mounts a full season of plays and dance concerts
in a variety of performance venues, large and small. With an emphasis on diversity
and the breadth of experience only the performing arts can provide, our audiences
expect the best in area theatre and dance from us. Our upcoming productions are an
astonishing mix of comedy and drama, music and dance.