Theatre and Dance

Theatre and Dance at Wooster emphasizes the relationship between scholarship, artistry, and advocacy through an investigation of the range and depth of the human experience in our coursework and stage productions.

In this world, the artist/scholar must be an advocate for the arts, as well as contribute to a movement for social justice and activism through artistic expression. Similarly, the department's productions reflect a commitment to sustainability.

The Theatre and Dance major and minor curricula offer a broad range of knowledge designed to examine acting, directing, dance, design and technology, history, literature, playwriting, theory, and artistic activism and social justice focusing in each area on the importance of analyzing texts in their various modes: written, visual, and physical.

While the Theatre and Dance student may choose to specialize in one of these particular areas of the discipline for their senior independent study, the departmental philosophy remains dedicated to the liberal arts belief in developing, through its interdisciplinary curricular structure, a combination of historical and critical analysis in relationship to the study of various performance texts, resulting in the creation of the artist/scholar/advocate.

Blind Date
by Manjula Padmanabhan
Directed by Shirley Huston-Findley

At first glance, Manjula Padmanabhan’s one-act play, Blind Date, might be seen as a simplistic exercise in writing, however, a closer look reveals a creative mixture of absurdism and theatricality that asks of its readers/performers, “What is choice?” “What is free will?” And, perhaps above all, “What does it mean to be an individual when hampered by a lack of individuality?”  Blind Date introduces us to not just one but two sets of mixed-gender, conjoined triplets who, while struggling in their shared body also wrestle with these philosophical questions from their unique if not realistic perspective. See more.