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Theatre and Dance

College of Arts and Sciences

Preparing undergraduates for careers in performing arts and theatre education

HaschHannah Hasch ('13) as Sue Carol in Beautiful Bodies.

The ETSU Department of Theatre and Dance offers professional training in a liberal arts setting. We prepare undergraduate students for careers in the performing arts and theatre education by providing a broad-based foundation in theatre and dance. Our diverse faculty and staff, comprised of working professional artists dedicated to advancing the discipline, offer instruction in stage and film performance, dramaturgy, design and technology, and unique areas such as Aerial Dance and Entertainment Rigging. Our program is distinct in that it focuses on addressing each student's needs whether they seek a career as performer, designer, technician, educator or other chosen profession. Through experiential hands-on learning, we strive to produce well-rounded graduates who are skilled in thinking critically and who contribute as artists and citizens to the lives of their communities, the region, and the larger  society.

We produce four mainstage productions per year in the Bud Frank Theatre, located in Gilbreath Hall on ETSU's main campus. This 209 seat proscenium stage is named after the Theatre Program founder Harold (Bud) Frank, who taught acting and directing in the Department of Communication along with his wife Daryl, who specialized in children's theatre and stage movement. Additionally experimental works are produced in the newly renovated Studio 205, a performance lab located in the Campus Center Building on ETSU’s main campus.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is fully dedicated to all aspects of our mission and function. Theatre and Dance offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, with concentrations in Acting, Design/Production, and Musical Theatre! The Department of Theatre and Dance is an institutional member of both the American College Dance Festival Association and Tennessee Association of Dance; dance students regularly attend and perform at these and other conferences. Check out our Auditions page for more information!

Never hesitate to stop by our offices. We can set up meetings with faculty, a tour of our facilities, or an audition. And while you are here, you can enjoy a wonderful evening at one of our shows.


 Founded in 1965, the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 188 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for theatre and theatre-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other theatre-related endeavors. NAST 


BARTER  The East Tennessee State University Internship with Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA is for 12 credit hours of elective credit in Theatre for one intensive semester of work within the chosen Barter Theatre Department.

Find more information on the ETSU and Barter Internship here.


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