Department's Diversity Statement

The Department of Theatre & Dance believes diversity, equity, inclusion and access are foundational values in both education and artmaking.  The faculty and staff collectively realize our need to develop new awarenesses and re-examine past practices in order to better manifest these values.  Therefore, we commit to embracing diverse perspectives, re-evaluating our assumptions and lenses, and making responsive change within our department.


Upcoming Performances

App State’s Department of Theatre and Dance Announces Slate of Eight Performances For 2021-2022

Thursday, September 9, 2021 to Thursday, May 19, 2022

By Keith Martin BOONE, N.C. -- Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is announcing its 2021-2022 slate of eight productions showcasing the talents of Appalachian students, staff, and faculty, returning to the stage with in-person performances for the first time in 18 months.

Bright Star

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 to Sunday, November 7, 2021

Bright Star Concert Version  By Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Directed by Keith Martin November 3 through 6 at 7 p.m., November 7 at 2 p.m., Valborg Theatre

Why Study Theatre and Dance at App State?

We engage you in all aspects of theatre and dance while honoring your distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations and cultural backgrounds. As one of our majors, you're eligible for 16 departmental scholarships at the end of your first year of study.

Our programs reach thousands annually through our co-curricular and community productions, training and education programs and general education coursework. You’ll engage in all aspects of the art form, from the inside out, as a performer, designer, writer, creator, thinker and advocate of theatre and dance.

We focus on pre-professional training while simultaneously ensuring that you acquire highly transferable skills that will boost your employability in a variety of fields. Of those who have graduated since 2012, 91% are employed or are in graduate or professional study. 60% are in the theatre/dance profession or are in graduate or professional training in the theatre, dance or related disciplines.

Our department’s student/faculty ratio is an impressive 8:1, and every one of our courses is taught by a highly qualified theatre or dance professional – not a graduate student. We only offer undergraduate programs, so you won’t compete with graduate students for performance, production roles or creative positions in the co-curricular production program.

Appalachian State University is an Accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).  

Prospective Students