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St. Peter,MN 56082

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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

The Theatre and Dance Department’s mission emphasizes the value of performance as a vital means of working for social justice and personal transformation. The Department mentors majors and non-majors alike in explorations of the many ways theatre and dance artists interpret and affect society. Students and faculty collaborate on creative research projects designed to raise awareness, create community, foster self-expression, challenge stereotypes, evoke compassion, and represent diverse perspectives. Advanced seminars and capstone experiences enable students to develop and articulate their own unique senses of vocation, purpose and creative vision for life and art beyond college.

Notable Alumni Include: Kay Aston, Kimberly Braun, Christian DeMarais, Nick Dillenburg, Comfort Dolo, Evan Hilsabeck, Benjamin Kolis, Sylvia Michels, Jessica Risco, Michael J. Sielaff, Kit Baumer, Erin Belpedio, Sara Brown, Bethany Davidson, Lydia Francis, Kiki Klun, Elsa Larsen, Anna Michel, Michael Rueckert, Jessica Van Kempen.

Faculty Info: Henry MacCarthy, Melissa Rolnick, Matthew Rightmire, Michele Rusinko, Amy Seham, Terena Wilkens, Larissa McConnell, Sue Gunness, Lydia Francis, Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, Giselle Mejia, Kristi Borowy, Robert Gardner.

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