Welcome from the Department Chair

"There can be nothing more exciting in the Performing Arts than the true combination of academic rigor and a professional training mission. Here at WWU, our world is challenging, exciting and open to all the possibilities that a vibrant and creative environment can provide. We invite all Western students to join us and participate in auditioning for performance opportunities, contributing backstage, working in the front of house activities of publicity/marketing or especially attending performances as supportive audience members. The Department of Theatre and Dance strives to serve not only our University, but the greater community at large in the sharing of our artistic visions. Come join us for the experience of a lifetime."


- Beth Leonard

Mission Statement

The faculty and staff of the Theatre and Dance Department are committed to a liberal arts approach to performing arts education while maintaining a balance of both academic and practical approaches to the arts of theatre and dance. We believe strongly in the value of academic rigor, which in turn supports and maintains productions and projects of the highest standards. We promote a global, diverse and collaborative view of performing arts education, and strive to train artistic leaders in their chosen disciplines who will further contribute to the craft.