Welcome to the Department of Theatre & Dance

Welcome to The Samford University Department of Theatre and Dance. The Samford University Theatre and Dance Department aspires to be a leader in undergraduate theatre and dance education with a commitment to the artist as a community partner and contributor. At the core of the department’s mission is a commitment to character, ethics, and artistic excellence. Specifically, the department’s mission is:

“To nurture persons by developing artistic skills, knowledge, and understanding appropriate to their academic development, vocational objectives and personal needs, within the framework of curricula and cocurricular activities provided at this institution, and to contribute to the fulfillment of the broader mission of the University.”

The Department enacts its mission through the BA and BFA degrees. In the Bachelor of Arts Theatre degree, training is accomplished by practical and lecture/lab classroom experiences that prepare the student in the specific curricula for a Directing/Acting track, a technical/design track and a general theatre studies track.
In addition to the course and laboratory work the department provides a valuable cultural component to the broader campus and Birmingham community. Our work includes main-stage theatre productions, experimental plays, workshops, visiting artists, and sponsorship of many theatre productions. Students seeking admission to either the BA in theatre degree program must arrange for an audition and interview.

Thank you for your interest in Samford University Theatre and Dance. What you will discover on your first visit is an artistic family, committed to bringing out the best in each of us. We hope you will join us in this endeavor.

Don Sandley, Ph.D.
Chair of Theatre and Dance

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