Department Chair: Stuart McDowell, Ph.D
The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures offers its students a variety of meaningful artistic experiences. Its major concentrations in acting/musical theatre, design/technology, dance and motion picture production lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Bachelor of Arts degrees are available in theatre studies as well as in motion picture history, theory and criticism. In addition, many students perform and find internships at local and regional theatres, while filmmakers enter their work in film festivals and competitions across the country and abroad, and select student dancers perform in the nationally acclaimed professional dance companies, the Dayton Ballet II, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Companies.
Our emphasis on professionalism is reflected by the department's excellent faculty and staff. Faculty members remain active in their chosen fields, continuing to direct, design, choreograph, produce, and perform in the professional world. Both faculty and staff maintain professional affiliations and professional contacts and share the experience in the classroom.