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Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts

Established in 1925 we are the second oldest theatre department in the country. Our faculty members are both scholars and artists, teachers and practitioners, constantly moving back and forth between the classroom and the the theatre. The Center for Dramatic Art is the crucible where students transform learning into practice everyday. The Center for Dramatic Art, with its excellent educational and artistic facilities, serves as a teaching theatre where students interact and collaborate with each other, the faculty and resident company members to create world-class educational and theatrical experiences.

Notable Alumni Include: Eleanor Fluharty, Grier Coleman, Jean Devine, Jerome Allen, Kayla Gibson, Kevin Spellman, Laurie Bailey, Marion Williams, Megan Rutherford, Nora Pedersen, Pei Lee, Tiffany Verch.

Faculty Info: Bonnie Raphael, Craig W. Turner, David Hammond, Kathy A. Perkins, Milly S. Barranger, Adam N. Versényi, Bobbi Owen, Jan Chambers, McKay Coble, Michael Rolleri, Ray Dooley, Triffin Morris, Vivienne Benesch.

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