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Theatre and Dance

Theatre and Dance

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, and set designers 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.


Alyssa Hewitt, Theatre and Dance
"In Research in Choreography I was challenged to create a dance piece throughout the semester. This required auditioning dancers, setting up rehearsals, embarking on many movement discoveries, finding costumes, and presenting my piece at the 2012 Dance Showcase."
Alyssa Hewitt, Theatre and Dance

The Dance curriculum, based on modern dance, focuses on technique, choreography, performance, and dance history. Each year, students perform and present their original choreography in class, in student productions, and in fully produced main-stage concerts at the Redfern Arts Center. Master classes with visiting professional artists and dance companies, as well as classes in ballet, jazz, and teacher education, enrich the curriculum. KSC’s program is the only K-12 undergraduate teacher preparation program in New Hampshire.

Dance Specializations:

  • Choreography and Performance (BA)
  • Dance Education (BA)
  • Dance Education, dual degree (BA and BS; includes teacher certification)

Theatre Arts


The Acting and Directing concentrations offer advanced performance work in drama and musical theatre, from Shakespeare to modern playwrights and student-created productions. Actors are introduced to the Stanislavski system, and ensemble work in small classes refines acting and directing technique.

The Design and Technical Theatre concentration allows students to study costume, set, lighting and sound design and theatre technology in close collaboration with faculty experts, using the sophisticated facilities of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond as a laboratory. Design/Tech majors also work side-by-side with visiting professional companies in master classes and performances. KSC participates each year in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Faculty and Staff

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

Talent Scholarship

The Department of Theatre and Dance grants a talent scholarship to one incoming student annually. More about Talent Scholarship

Theatre and Dance Alumni

Shawn Ahern '10

Shawn Ahern '10 travels and performs with Pilobolus, the internationally renowned company of choreographers and dancer-athletes.

Theatre and Dance alumni put their degrees to work.

Our active and engaged alumni are found in professional, community, and educational theatre and dance, in education, and in many other areas of life that require discipline, creativity, and energy. We are so proud of them!

Performance Photos


Theatre and Dance Stages ‘A … My Name Is Alice’ a Musical Revue About Women
Mia Moravis ’81 Wins Two Global Music Awards
John Derba ’13 Wins New England Emmy Award
Keene State College Names William Seigh as Interim Provost
Alumnus Howell Serves as Marketing Director with Peterborough Players

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Theatre and Dance Department
Marcia Barrett
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Admissions Office
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435