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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, 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.


Makayla Ferrick '17
Makayla Ferrick '17

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

Theatre Arts

The Acting and Directing specializations offer advanced performance work in drama and musical theatre, from Shakespeare to modern playwrights and student created productions.

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

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

Plan Your Visit

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

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 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

Performance Photos


July 5, 2017 –

Current senior Olivia Miller, who’s minoring in dance and majoring in anthropology and sociology, recently returned from a semester in Ghana, where she immersed herself in traditional Ghanaian dance. At the request of recently retired KSC Artist in Residence Marcia Murdock , Miller wrote a paper on her experience as…

May 3, 2017 –

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…

April 13, 2017 –

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…

April 5, 2017 –

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…

February 22, 2017 –

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…

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Theatre and Dance Department
Marcia Barrett
Administrative Assistant

Admissions Office
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435