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Muncie,IN 47306

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Bachelor of Arts in Design and Technology

Bachelor of Arts in Directing/Stage Management

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies

Bachelor of Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance

The mission of the Department of Theatre and Dance is to provide pre-professional training in a liberal arts environment for all students within the disciplines of acting, musical theatre, dance, design and technology, directing, stage management, theatrical studies, and theatre education. The department's production season is ethnically and culturally diverse, stylistically varied, technologically enhanced, and guided by the University's Strategic Plan. The department encourages international, national, regional, community and university partnerships that broaden the educational and professional experiences of both our students and our faculty.

Notable Alumni Include: Eric Emery, Bill Murphy, Scott Halberstadt, Ryan Woodle

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