One Department, Two Distinct Disciplines
We are one department, but our theatre and dance students are able to immerse themselves
in their individual programs of study through performance spaces and opportunities
not just for actors and dancers, but also for our scenic, costume, and lighting designers,
aspiring teachers, and directors and choreographers. At USC, you can learn almost
anything about the world of theatre and dance performance.
The theatre and dance programs boast
talented faculty, as well as visiting guest artists and alumni working professionally in all facets
of the theatre and dance arts.
With areas of study focused on acting, directing, design, stagecraft, teaching, and
research, our theatre program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity
to learn, to practice, and to chart their own course.
Named one of the top three collegiate programs to consider for classical ballet by
Dance Magazine, our dance program offers a solid curriculum in ballet and contemporary dance. Our
Dance Major offers concentrations in either Performance and Choreography or Dance
Education, with K-12 Certification.
Our students don't just learn -- they
do. Our theatre and dance programs stage eighteen to twenty productions yearly, and
with those come countless opportunities to perform, direct, choreograph, design or
work back stage. Our performances are open to our entire university family, as well
as to our community and state. Subscriptions are available for our current dance and theatre seasons.
We offer two summer programs for aspiring young performers: the
SC Summer Dance Conservatory and the Summer Drama Conservatory. The USC Dance Conservatory , now in its 23rd year, is an afterschool community outreach program committed to
the training of young dancers from their first steps to advanced levels.