Theatre & Dance
Our program educates students in the contemporary practice of theatre and dance through a liberal arts curriculum. Accredited by the National Association of Schools and Theatre, the Department provides a broad-based education that uniquely integrates theatre and dance to develop versatile theatre artists. There are two Bachelor of Arts degree programs: Theatre for those interested in performing, teaching, directing or other backstage work and Child Drama for those interested in creating theatre for the young people. Students can also choose a minor in Theatre or Dance or a concentration in Dance.
Numerous Performance Opportunities
Starting as freshmen, theatre and dance majors can participate in numerous performance opportunities on campus, ranging from full-scale main stage shows to classroom showcases and student-directed workshops. The Department produces four main stage productions, including contemporary and classical plays, musical theatre, and cutting-edge dance productions. Student clubs such as Campus Players, Dance Extenstions, Lab Theatre, and the Rowan University Musical Theatre Company present several faculty and student directed productions as well. Classes such as Acting II, Directing I and Choreography present additional public showcases of student performances. All of our students perform and crew in a variety of venues such as the 900 Pfleeger Concert Hall, the 450 seat Tohill Theatre, Black Box theatres, and intimate dance studios. Our productions consistently win awards from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (Spring Awakening - National Festival Finalist, 2008; Our Country's Good - Ensemble Acting Award, 2009; The Gathering, 2003).
Acclaimed Faculty Artists & Mentors
Rowan Theatre & Dance faculty members are not only master teachers but also practicing professional artists who serve as your link to the professional work of theatre and dance. Faculty members include renowned artistic directors of theatre and dance companies in Philadelphia, PA; Off Broadway directors and designers in New York City; and world-class scholars --all with professional networks in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Belfast, Ireland, and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Master Classes with Visiting Artists & Professionals
Several times a year, the department invites visiting artists to teach master classes or stage original productions. This gives students the opportunity to:
- Discuss new plays and trends in American Theatre with Tony-nominated playwright Lee Blessing.
- Kevin Melendez '10 was cast in the Equity production of Jekyll & Hyde at the Westchester, NY Broadway Theatre directed by Robert Cuccioli. Kevin was also selected for representation by About Artists Agency, a leading casting agency in NYC.
- Andrew Clotworthy '10 appeared in the production of Marat/Sade for Ego Po Productions in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, 2010.
- Sean Murphy '07, (Toms River), has served as the Marketing Associate of the Two River Theatre Company in Red Bank, NJ from 2007-2010. He is currently the Guest Services Manager for the Discovery Times Square Museum in NYC.
- Joanna Congalton '07, (Ridgefield), wrote a series of monologues that will be published by Dramatic Publishing.
- Amanda Coppola '05, (Sewell), Sara Biddle '05, (Salem), Stephanie Garland '05, (Somerdale) and Deborah Morford '05, (Runnemede) received a grant to create original choreography for the American College Dance Festival.
Here is a sample of the schools our recent graduates have entered:
- Columbia University
The Department of Theatre and Dance targets students with a strong college prep curriculum and practical experiences in theatre and dance with high school or community groups. Admission to the department requires an audition and an on-campus interview. For more information, please call Carmella Conn at 856-256-4030.
Opportunities abound for students with a degree in Theatre and Dance. In addition to performing, teaching, directing and other backstage work, graduates are also working as:
Rowan Theatre and Dance majors are currently working for a variety of organizations nationwide including:
Discovery Museum, NYC
Irish Arts Center, NYC
Two River Theatre Company
The arts and entertainment industry is very competitive so it helps to acquire as many skills as you can. We encourage our majors to use all of the resources the university has to offer. Here is an example of what you can do to enhance your education:
Rowan's Department of Theatre and Dance showcases new and experimental work that challenges the mind, invigorates the body, and excites the spirit of theatre artists.