Performance and Touring Groups
Reaching the community through theatre and dance
As a student in the department you will have the opportunity to reach out to the community through performance by joining a performance or touring group. You will help create performance works while meeting and developing relationships with other students and community members. All performance and touring groups in the department explore issues in the community, provide entertainment and offer education through theatre, dance and improvisation.
For more information on how to book a touring group for your next event contact the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Inertia Dance Company
Enhance learning through movement
Inertia is the department’s student dance company. Founded in 1992 by MSU Emeritus Faculty member Rhythm McCarthy, Inertia’s original mission was to bring contemporary dance to elementary school children in the region. During its first nine years alone, Inertia worked with over 28,000 K-5 students. Under Sara Brummel’s direction, the company used children’s literature as the springboard for collaborative creative work by company members, who also gave workshops in the schools. Inertia’s Service Learning activity has been supplemented by public performances in downtown Springfield, Jonesboro (AK), Jacksonville (FL), New York City, Cyprus, Bogotá, as well as at ACDA Regional and National Conferences.
The mission of Inertia Dance Company is to increase awareness about dance by presenting live dance performances in high schools and the regional community, to introduce high school students to various forms of dance and creative movement, and to bring an awareness of the learning potential inherent in dance and movement to the public school community. Prior to the performance, the members of Inertia Dance Company engage in a variety of dance technique and creative movement activities with the students; after the performance, the company has a Q&A session with the audience. Choreographers include faculty, guest choreographers, Inertia Dance Company members, and Missouri State University alums. For more information, contact Sarah Wilcoxon.
Providing lessons through performance
The In-School Players are a small cast of Missouri State students who travel to local elementary schools and the Springfield public libraries to bring live theatre performances to children. The cast consists of nine members who present a performance consisting of stories, poems and music. It is estimated that In-School Players has entertained over 500,000 children since it was formed. For more information, contact Michael Frizell.
Giving Voice Theatre Troupe
The MSU Giving Voice Project was created to meet the vital needs of a continuing and growing presence of oppressed, marginalized persons. This is done through scenarios that shed light on discrimination. Giving Voice programs address issues, which are often unknown or ignored, resulting in an oppressive and discriminatory environment. The Giving Voice experience provides an awakening and a safe environment to not only have the needed difficult dialogues, but to actually try various ideas to improve a situation. For more information, contact Carol Maples.