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.
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.
- Choreography and Performance (BA)
- Dance Education (BA)
- Dance Education, dual degree (BA and BS; includes teacher certification)
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.
Keene State encourages prospective students and their families to visit during one of our exciting student productions to witness and enjoy the high level of creativity and professionalism. Complimentary tickets are available by emailing Marcia Barrett, administrative assistant.
Imagine yourself as part of one of these recent productions and workshops
Theatre and Dance Alumni
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!
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
Each year, a four-year talent scholarship is given to a Theatre and Dance major. For more information on the scholarship, email Marcia Barrett, administrative assistant.
Dr. Matthew Leese of Keene State College’s Music Department thrives on challenging his students. This semester, he provided them with a unique opportunity through his Opera Workshop course, as they collaborated with local elementary and middle school students as well as The Colonial Theatre to perform Benjamin Britten’s Opera, Little…
A specially commissioned dance by New York choreographer Yanira Castro will premiere along with three new works by Keene State College faculty during An Evening of Dance, presented by the Keene State Department of Theatre and Dance.
This annual modern dance concert of original works will be performed by talented…
Theatre and Dance Professor Dan Patterson will be retiring in May, so the play that was performed earlier this month—Moss Hart’s Light Up The Sky —was the last one he’ll direct here. In keeping with Keene State’s—and especially Theatre and Dance’s—tradition of the warm bonds of community, six alums stepped…
Members of Keene State’s Theatre and Dance Department traveled to Western Connecticut State University for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region I event in late January. As usual, they came home with several impressive awards, and a lot of professional experience and networking to boot.
“The goal of…
Light Up the Sky a Moss Hart comedy set in the 1940s heyday of egotistical Broadway stars and lavish theatrical productions will be presented Tuesday to Saturday, March 2 to 5 by the Keene State College Department of Theatre and Dance.
Light Up the Sk y, the final play directed…