The University of Memphis
Welcome! Join us in exploring the performing arts.
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 and MFA degree in Theatre. Within the MFA degree, training is available in Directing and in Design and Technical Production. Along with traditional MFA candidates, the University of Memphis program seeks to serve professionals who return to pursue an MFA in Theatre. An acceleration of the program is possible based on previous professional experience and/or previous graduate study. Some course work for design and technical production may be delivered through distance learning options. The design of the accelerated and/or distance program is determined on an individual basis. MFA candidates pursuing an accelerated program can be considered for assistantship support (tuition waiver and stipend) when they are in residence at the University of Memphis.
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.