Theatre & Dance

Bachelor of Arts

Students perform in theatre production

Bucknell theatre & dance students perform, design, direct and collaborate with professors who will inspire, challenge and empower you to let your artistic skills shine.

Take part in any one of our five annual mainstage theatre & dance productions, numerous student theatre & dance showcases, or student-directed one-act plays. Perform in — or choreograph — one of our annual student dance showcases, featuring styles from ballet and modern to jazz and Chinese watersleeves. Build skills in costume, makeup, sound, set or lighting design. Gain new perspectives from guest artists-in-residence.

Find your artistic home among our community of faculty and student performers, then explore new modes of performance through immersive experiences in China, India, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and beyond. 

Arts Merit Scholarships recognize students with extraordinary talents in the arts.

Find your path to theatre & dance at Bucknell

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Theatre at Bucknell

The major in theatre offers opportunities in all phases of theatre arts: dramatic literature and criticism, engineering/technology, history, performance and design, and the freedom to customize your major around your interests and needs. Throughout the academic year, students can get involved in a variety of theatre productions in the Tustin Studio Theatre and the Harvey M. Powers Theatre.

Students pursuing a concentration in acting, directing, design or dramaturgy/playwriting are advised to select additional electives in related areas (dance, art, music, philosophy, etc.) in addition to advanced performance, design or theory courses. A suggested guideline for each concentration is available from your adviser.

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A minor in theatre is available for students who wish to broaden their experience in theatre arts. The department offers three theatre minors: acting & directing, design & technology and general theatre.

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Technology & Design

The study of technology and design in the theatre & dance department is based on practice. Each production season offers students many opportunities in the areas of costume, scenery, properties, lighting, video and sound. This real-world laboratory environment offers hands-on experience that builds and tests creative problem-solving skills in researching, drawing, designing and building, preparing students for in-demand behind-the-scenes careers.

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Explore the 2019-20 Theatre & Dance season

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Theatre Merit Scholarships

Theatre merit scholarships are available for prospective students who major in theatre, and to engineering or education majors who minor in either acting & directing or design & technology.

Learn more about Arts Merit Scholarships

Dancers on stage at the Weis Center

Dance at Bucknell

The minor in dance emphasizes solid foundations in ballet and modern, with additional courses offered in jazz technique, social dance, Chinese watersleeves, musical theatre and advanced training. Theory courses include dance composition, dance history, production and design, arts pedagogy and interdisciplinary performance studies.

Upper-level technique courses are repeatable for academic credit to recognize the dancer's ongoing training. Guest artists from the professional dance world teach master classes and set choreography each semester. Students do not need to minor in dance in order to take classes.

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Let’s Dance

  • The Fall Dance Showcase and the spring Choreographer's Showcase, under faculty and student direction, feature an array of new works by students who have taken Dance Composition, as well as faculty and guest artist pieces. They perform to sold-out audiences from the campus and surrounding community.
  • The fall and spring dance concerts featuring the Bucknell Dance Company are produced as part of the Department of Theatre & Dance's mainstage season. Students are invited to audition each semester to work with faculty, guest artists and selected student choreographers. Concerts are fully produced with lighting, set and costume designs by the professional faculty and staff in the department.
Students in dance performance

Dance Merit Scholarships

Dance merit scholarships are available to prospective students who minor in dance. Scholarships are awarded based on potential and ability displayed during an on-campus audition.

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Will Studying Theatre & Dance Help Me Get a Job? 

Students studying theatre & dance at Bucknell build transferable, in-demand skills that can be applied across fields. Besides the stage, our graduates have found jobs in diverse industries, from business to education to law, while maintaining a passion for the performing arts that continues throughout their lives. Some of the skills you’ll build by studying theatre & dance include: 

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Digital Technology
  • Global/intercultural fluency
  • Leadership
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration

Where Do Bucknell Theatre & Dance Students Get Jobs? 

The major in theatre and minor in dance prepares you for exciting jobs in the arts or other professional careers where your artistic skills will shine. Students also build transferable skills that can be applied across fields, from business to education to law. Bucknellians have been cast in, stage managed for, or been admitted to: 

Professional Theatre

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
  • The Kennedy Center
  • Oregon Shakespeare
  • And more
  • The American Ballet Theatre
  • Lincoln Center
  • Roundabout

TV Series

  • The Deuce
  • Law and Order: SVU
  • And more
  • Homeland
  • Orange is the New Black

National Tours

  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Mamma Mia
  • And more 
  • Legally Blonde
  • Xanadu

Graduate Schools

  • Accademia Dell'Arte (Italy): MFA Physical Theatre
  • The Actors Studio Drama School/New School for Drama: MFA Acting
  • Sarah Lawrence College: MFA Dance, MFA Devising
  • Tisch School of the Arts: Musical Theatre Writing
  • Yale University: MFA Directing, MFA Technical Direction
  • California School for the Arts, MFA Lighting Design
  • Purdue University, MFA Scenic Engineering and Technology
     

 

Student directing at theatre

Facilities & Technical Resources

The Department of Theatre & Dance supports a costume studio, a dance studio and two theatre spaces: The Harvey M. Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall and Tustin Studio Theatre.

For technical information, please contact Heath Hansum, lighting & sound design/production manager, at hhansum@bucknell.edu or 570-577-3492.

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Theatre & Dance

Location

141 Coleman Hall