The Theatre and Dance program at Keene State marries creativity and artistic discipline to the solid foundation of a liberal arts education. Students are an integral part of creative study and public performances from the outset, gaining practical experience and confidence in all facets of production and critical interaction under the guidance and tutelage of an experienced faculty.
With the rehearsal and performance facilities of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond as their laboratory, students participate in faculty-directed productions, attend master classes and workshops with visiting artists, and present their own work to community and scholarly audiences.
Actors, dancers, designers and technicians work together and learn from each other, sharing a common core curriculum. Alumni of the program – in academia, on and off Broadway, and in many other settings – demonstrate that graduates are prepared for participation, employment, and advanced study in the performing arts.
The Dance program welcomes all interested dance students, no matter what genre their experience. Students will immediately find the connection between their dance training and our Modern and Contemporary program.
With careful advising, students can integrate their Dance specialization with other academic majors and minors to pursue careers in performance, choreography, education, movement therapy, arts management and arts criticism. More about Dance
The Design and Technical Theatre majors study design and production technologies for costumes, scenery, lighting and sound in close relationship with faculty mentors. The sophisticated facilities of the Redfern Arts Center are our laboratory.
Auditions for all of our productions are open to the community with priority given to majors.
All of our Theatre and Dance department productions are completely staffed by students who build scenery and costumes, hang lights, run the sound board and organize the run of the show as stage managers. More about Theatre Arts
A caring, dedicated, and experienced faculty welcomes students as an integral part of the department’s creative scholarship and performances. The faculty is active in two important national organizations that foster student excellence: the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and the American College Dance Conference.
Faculty members also encourage student participation in the annual Academic Excellence Conference on campus, which showcases student creativity and research. The department also brings in a wide variety of master classes, visiting artists, and exciting road productions that cover the spectrum of the performing arts. More about Faculty and Staff
Arrange to take a dance class, sit in on a rehearsal, learn about work/study opportunities, apply for our talent scholarship, hear about visiting artists and reserve tickets to see one of our productions. More about Plan Your Visit
The Department of Theatre and Dance grants a talent scholarship to one incoming student annually. More about Talent Scholarship
Theatre and Dance Alumni put their degrees to work across the country and the world!
Our active, engaged alumni may be found in professional, academic and community theatre and dance as well as in many other areas of life that require discipline, collaboration, confidence, communication, critical thinking and creative problem solving. More about Theatre and Dance Alumni
Some 17 years ago, Keene State’s recently retired Dance Program Director Marcia Murdock began working with then-Hinsdale (NH) Elementary School Counselor Glen Stan on an after-school dance program. The program gave KSC students (usually, dual Theatre & Dance and Education majors) the opportunity to work with kids and teach their…
Picturing an elementary school teacher typically conjures visions of an educator building the foundations of reading, writing, and mathematics for children; but why not add a foundation in dance too?
Bethany Peterson ’18 participates in a branch of Keene State’s elementary education program that is providing her with the opportunity…
English and Theater and Dance dual-degree holder Alexander Davis ’14 was recently chosen as one of 60 recipients of The Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston Grants . He now lives in Boston, working as a performer and choreographer, and will use the grant to fund the creation of a new…
In a wonderful collaborative and interdisciplinary effort, the Keene State College Concert Band’s upcoming concert, “Locally Grown! Totally Keene!” celebrates the College’s artistic tradition by presenting the blended works of our composers, directors, choreographers, dancers, video artists, and musicians. The concert takes place on Thursday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m…
The Redfern Arts Center and the departments of Film Studies and Theater and Dance will present an evening of short works, Contemporary Dance on Film, on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Putnam Theater. The screening will showcase pieces by international and regional artists, including the Pioneer Valley multi-media…