Department of Theatre and Dance

Collage of scenes from the student production of 'In Vain'.

Thrive in your career in the arts

  • Receive extensive professional training along with a solid academic foundation.
  • Gain experience through our main-stage, community and regional theatre productions.
  • Learn from industry professionals in our academic and tent seasons.
  • Benefit from the professional connections cultivated by our faculty and alumni network.


Missouri State's department of theatre and dance is one of fewer than 200 programs to have attained accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. This accreditation is a sign of excellence in both performance and instruction.

The musical theatre program holds an additional accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music.

Areas of study

Actors on stage in a play
Receive top-notch training for stage and camera in our pre-professional BFA Acting Program
Two females dancing
Choose from two undergraduate degrees and a minor in dance
Costume Shop Staff
Develop your professional skills in theatrical design, technology and stage management
Students in Theatre Education Class
Reach your goals with either a bachelor's or master's degree in theatre education
Two performers in CATS the musical
Join a pre-Broadway program that combines training in music, acting and dance
Two Males On STage
Study comprehensive curriculum that explores innovation and new thinking in the theatre world

Consider a minor or certificate

News and events

Graphic highlighting Theatre & Dance 2023-2024 Production Season "Illumination"

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Inspiring academics

Knowledge based on experience — Missouri State’s approach to learning sets you up for success with insight from expert faculty, personalized advising and diverse learning opportunities.

Incredible value

A smart investment in your future — Missouri State delivers enriching opportunities along with affordable costs and extensive financial aid options.