About Theatre and Dance
Bucknell's theatre and dance programs explore all phases of the dramatic arts: acting, directing, mask and makeup, scene, costume, lighting, sound, history, dramatic literature, and advanced studies in performance and design. By studying artistic forms of other cultures and exploring a wide variety of artistic visions, students can awaken and discover their own creative impulses. Students gain exposure to an array of artistic media and styles, and art historical topics and approaches - both traditional and innovative.
Each year, the department presents three major theatre productions, showcase projects, and "Cocktail Theatre," a series of one-act plays. These offer students opportunities to gain experience in performance, stage direction, design and technology.
The Dance Program produces four concerts per year: The Dance Program Showcase Series (Fall Dance Showcase and Choreographer's Showcase in the Spring) and two Bucknell Dance Company concerts. Participation in any of the dance classes or dance productions is not limited to dance minors, though auditions are necessary in order to be considered for performances. This flexibility allows students from all academic majors, including those in the College of Engineering, to participate in the dance program and its performances.
With their performing arts training and liberal arts foundation, Bucknell theatre and dance students are well prepared for a variety of careers, both on and off the stage. They develop skills in collaboration, problem-solving and creativity as they respond to challenges that change every semester. The presentation skills learned in the study of theatre and dance translate well to any career choice. While many are employed in the arts, others apply their skills to fields like advertising and marketing.
Here are some positions held by our recent graduates:
- Coordinator, Suzanne Farrell Ballet Administration, JFK Center for the Performing Arts
- Director of Individual Giving, American Ballet Theatre
- Moving light technician, Starlite Productions
- Associate professor of dance, University of Montana
- Artistic Assistant, Manhattan Theatre Club
- Actor, "The Wire" (HBO)
- Actor in film, "The Frozen River"
- Broadway debut, "High Fidelity"