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CMU students operating audio and lighting control boards while other students in the background do a Some Rise by Sin performance on stage. CMU students operating audio and lighting control boards while other students in the background do a Some Rise by Sin performance on stage.

Department of Theatre and Dance

Own the Stage at Central Michigan University

This is your opportunity to explore the skills, knowledge, techniques, and experiences required for professional success on stage and backstage. Our growing department is a vibrant and passionate community of dedicated and creative artists and scholars. With a variety of programs for performers, designers, choreographers, and technicians, you are sure to find what you are looking for.

You'll enjoy many opportunities to learn by experience through the up to 30 productions we sponsor each year, unique workshops with professionals, and visiting guest professionals bringing learning and leadership to life.

Our graduates span the country, making an impact on Broadway and film, arts institutions of all kinds, and in quality educational institutions. You'll probably recognize Jeff Daniels and Larry Joe Campbell, but there are many more lifting up the arts and raising the standard in lesser-known roles.

2022 Application & Audition Information

Our Programs

If you've dreamed of a future in theatre and dance, then why not follow your passion to CMU?  Our Theatre and Dance degrees bring together a strong curriculum, experienced faculty from diverse backgrounds, great facilities, and numerous opportunities to participate in productions starting in your freshman year.  Theatre-related degree programs are available in Design/Technical Theatre, Acting/Directing, and Music Theatre, and Dance Studies.  

If you've dreamed of a future in theatre and dance, then why not follow your passion to CMU?  Our Theatre and Dance degrees bring together a strong curriculum, experienced faculty from diverse backgrounds, great facilities, and numerous opportunities to participate in productions starting in your freshman year.  Theatre-related degree programs are available in Design/Technical Theatre, Acting/Directing, and Music Theatre, and Dance Studies.  

Make Central Michigan University's dance program your next step toward a career in the dance industry. CMU offers opportunities to explore a variety of dance-related professions including professional dancers, choreographers, arts administrators, dance teachers, dance scholars, and much more.

We offer Dance Studies (Major) and Dance (Minor)

The University Theatre Dance Company performs in the spring as part of the University Theatre Main Stage Season in Bush Theatre. Auditions are open to all CMU students regardless of major. The dance company features 15 to 30 talented university students in professionally choreographed jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, ballroom, and tap dance works.

If you've dreamed of a future in theatre and dance, then why not follow your passion to CMU?  Our Theatre and Dance degrees bring together a strong curriculum, experienced faculty from diverse backgrounds, great facilities, and numerous opportunities to participate in productions starting in your freshman year.  Theatre-related degree programs are available in Design/Technical Theatre, Acting/Directing, and Music Theatre, and Dance Studies.  

If you've dreamed of a future in theatre and dance, then why not follow your passion to CMU?  Our Theatre and Dance degrees bring together a strong curriculum, experienced faculty from diverse backgrounds, great facilities, and numerous opportunities to participate in productions starting in your freshman year.  Theatre-related degree programs are available in Design/Technical Theatre, Acting/Directing, and Music Theatre, and Dance Studies.  

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