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Department of Theatre & Dance

The Department of Theatre & Dance is an inspirational learning incubator for the next generation of performers, scholars, administrators, designers, and technicians in theatre, performance, and dance.

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Why KU Theatre?

Learn more about studying theatre as an undergraduate or graduate student at KU.

Study Theatre at KU
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Why KU Dance?

Learn more about studying dance as an undergraduate student at KU.

Study Dance at KU

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Our students have enjoyed a century of standing ovations. Now it’s time to invest in the next 100 years. In pursuit of that dream, we are excited to announce the launch of the KU Theatre & Dance Centennial Production Fund, which will ensure the sustainability of our program for years to come. Learn more and donate at Centennial Fund.

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Performances

Learn more about upcoming theatre & dance performances and how you can support our students by attending plays and dance concerts.
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People

Our world-class faculty and staff are a community of scholar artists, mentors, and professional practitioners.
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Alumni

Find out more about how you can support KU Theatre & Dance and connect with our wide network of proud Jayhawk alumni.
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Research

Founded in 1986 at the University of Kansas, the journal publishes full-length articles that contribute to the varied conversations in dramatic theory and criticism.



Latest News

Before the Broadway national tour begins, a local production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a Musical Thriller, will explore the psyche of the villain and bring the community Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant melodies with the help of KU Opera, KU Symphony Orchestra, and voice and
Audiences to KU Theatre’s next production will enjoy cheery musical numbers, over-the-top costumes, and sweet storylines driven by even sweeter characters–literally, some of them are gingerbread cookies.



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