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Department of Theatre and Dance


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About

The Department of Theatre and Dance includes two of the university's most vibrant programs. Our faculty and students, who earn a strong liberal arts undergraduate education or highly specialized graduate degrees, showcase their talents onstage for the public through annual performance seasons, and educational conservatories and workshops.

About the Theatre Program

Our theatre program offers undergraduate students the B.A. degree in theatre, and, at the graduate level, the M.F.A. degree in acting, design, or directing, as well as the interdisciplinary M.A. and M.A.T (Master of Arts in Teaching) degrees in theatre. USC is home to the only M.F.A. program in theatre in South Carolina.  The Theatre Program is one of a select group of nationally recognized programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and holds membership in the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA)

The department's theatre production program, known as Theatre South Carolina, is an extension of classroom teaching. Just as important, Theatre South Carolina stages literature that serves the liberal arts mission of USC. Each year, the program produces a season of performances which the public can enjoy.

 

About the Dance Program

Our undergraduate dance program combines a rigorous dance classroom and studio environment with the depth and breadth of an excellent liberal arts education. Working from a solid foundational core of dance courses, students have the option of developing additional competencies with an emphasis in either Performance and Choreography or Dance Education K-12 CertificationThe program has a long established specialty in ballet infused with the energy of cutting-edge contemporary dance.  The USC Dance program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

The program has two performance companies. The USC Dance Company performs six major productions each year and guest performs along the East Coast. The company presents ballet, modern, and jazz works, as well as innovative dance concerts and contemporary works. Company members have performed in Europe and at the National Gala for the American College Dance Festival hosted by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 

Our department is also home to Wideman/Davis Dance, our resident professional company led by Associate Professors Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis. The company is made up of professional dancers from around the country, but students and faculty have also been cast in performances. Davis and Wideman-Davis also create works for the USC Dance Company.