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Information for Theatre and Dance Prospective Students

Mission Statement of the
Department of Theatre & Dance

The mission of the Department of Theatre & Dance is to develop in students the ability to synthesize knowledge and creativity in performance and production, as well as skills in problem solving, group dynamics, and leadership; all intended to make our graduates viable in the professional fields of theatre and dance and/or other vocational endeavors.


From the Department Head . . .

We are determined to be a department where you can reach your full potential. 

We offer several different degree programs, all designed to balance theory and practice.   We've also brought together a remarkable faculty, an exciting production season, and exceptional facilities so that every component is in place for your success.  We'll challenge you, we'll collaborate with you, and we'll care about you.

At Western Kentucky University, we believe that what you learn in the shops, the studios and onstage is every bit as important as what happens in the classroom.   Our intensive production season provides plenty of hands on experience.   On average, we offer 20 to 25 different productions every year, including:

  • 4 Mainstage productions, at least one musical

  • 2 Mainstage dance concerts

  • 3 Student-choreographed dance concerts

  • A Children's Theatre Series of 3 to 5 productions

  • A Studio Series of student-directed works

  • A Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress

We are committed to helping you prepare for life after college by offering classes like Acting Audition Workshop, Dance Pedagogy, and Performing Arts Career Seminar.  Those who choose to go on to pursue graduate training find themselves at schools like NYU, Florida State, Boston University, and the University of Oregon.

We want to help you find your passion and make that passion a reality.

Our graduates typically have work waiting for them when they leave us, as well as a network of professional connections.   We are extremely proud of our alumni. Our graduates are acting in film and television, performing on Broadway, designing sets and costumes for film and stage, running dance studios, dancing and choreographing with professional companies, working in schools, running storefront theatres, working as agents, raising money for worthy causes – the list goes on and on.

Want to know more?  Come visit anytime!   Prospective students are always welcome.   You can meet faculty members, chat with current students, tour our facilities and sit in on a class.   Call or write anytime if you have questions: (270) 745-5845 or  

For a tour of the WKU campus please contact the Admissions Office at
(270) 745-2551.

David Young, Ph.D.

Department Head

Department of Theatre & Dance

Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd. #71086

Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086

(270) 745-5845

Evening of Dance
Evening of Dance (April-May 2017)
 Shop of Horrors
Shop of Horrors (Nov. 2016)

Evening of Dance 2017
Evening of Dance (April-May 2017)

Much Ado
Much Ado About Nothing (Sep. 2016) 

Evening of Dance
Evening of Dance (April-May 2017)

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