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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
Gabe Alaniz

KU Theatre & Dance is the place you go to be a scholarly artist, to explore the performing arts industry, to experiment in interdisciplinary work, and to uncover your true passion(s) in the arts and beyond.

Gabe Alaniz
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Learn more about upcoming theatre & dance performances and how you can support our students by attending plays and dance concerts.
Jane Barnette, Rana Esfandiary, Kelly Vogel, and Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka pose at a fundraising event


Our world-class faculty and staff are a community of scholar artists, mentors, and professional practitioners.
Tosin Morohunfola poses with Baby Jay at an alumni event.


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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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

The University Theatre’s season finale opens with a big, inviting party. That’s one reason why Act 1 of Cabaret is so adored and a reason the musical’s ending hits so hard, said Markus Potter, director and assistant professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance.
KU Theatre & Dance earned awards and recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V. Almost all of the outstanding work was part of actualized productions of KU’s University Theatre. 

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