Welcome to the Department of Theatre and Dance

Students in the Department of Theatre and Dance get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a professional faculty and renowned guest artists in acting, directing, playwriting, theatrical design, and technology. From our mainstage productions to our student-produced shows, students have plenty of opportunities to participate on stage or backstage. Special programs include a musical theatre certificate, education abroad, as well as a thriving dance program that emphasizes technique, composition, performance, and production.

The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)Visit the NAST website for more information about accreditation.
Explore Our Programs
The Major in Dance in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Theatre and Dance educates its students in the history, theory, creativity, practice, and performance of dance within the context of a broad liberal arts education.
The Dance Minor is open to students from any college and offers instruction in ballet, jazz, modern and musical theatre dance in addition to choreography and improvisation.
Students get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a professional theatre faculty.
Students from any college or department may choose to minor in Theatre.
Dramatic writing and film/video production remain essential elements of contemporary entertainment industry platforms that are rapidly expanding in every sphere of artistic production.
The Musical Theatre Certificate offers students the opportunity to study this popular art form in a flexible program. As a Theatre, Voice, or Dance Major students may audition for entrance into this highly selective program each spring and can be admitted even as incoming Freshmen.
Upcoming Events
  • person behind fan with feather in hair, text says the school for scandal
    Dec 1 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 2 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 3 2022 | 2pm, Dec 3 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 4 2022 | 2pm

    UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
    The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    Guignol Theatre 

    The comedic, satirical play, The School for…

    Guignol Theatre
  • person behind fan with feather in hair, text says the school for scandal
    Dec 1 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 2 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 3 2022 | 2pm, Dec 3 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 4 2022 | 2pm

    UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
    The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    Guignol Theatre 

    The comedic, satirical play, The School for…

    Guignol Theatre
  • person behind fan with feather in hair, text says the school for scandal
    Dec 1 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 2 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 3 2022 | 2pm, Dec 3 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 4 2022 | 2pm

    UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
    The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    Guignol Theatre 

    The comedic, satirical play, The School for…

    Guignol Theatre
  • person behind fan with feather in hair, text says the school for scandal
    Dec 1 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 2 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 3 2022 | 2pm, Dec 3 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 4 2022 | 2pm

    UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
    The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    Guignol Theatre 

    The comedic, satirical play, The School for…

    Guignol Theatre
  • person behind fan with feather in hair, text says the school for scandal
    Dec 1 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 2 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 3 2022 | 2pm, Dec 3 2022 | 7:30pm, Dec 4 2022 | 2pm

    UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
    The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    Guignol Theatre 

    The comedic, satirical play, The School for…

    Guignol Theatre
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    Jan 27 2023 | 8:30am - 4pm

    Join the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre & Dance on Friday, January 27, 2023 for a day of free dance workshops taught by our faculty, Q&As with both faculty and current…

    Charles F. Dickins Dance Studio
  • Dancer reaching arm with blue vortex
    Jan 27 2023 | 7:30pm, Jan 28 2023 | 7:30pm, Jan 29 2023 | 2pm

    UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
    Rooted Forces
    Guignol Theatre

    The annual dance concert, Rooted Forces, features new dances by faculty, guest…

    Guignol Theatre
  • Dancer reaching arm with blue vortex
    Jan 27 2023 | 7:30pm, Jan 28 2023 | 7:30pm, Jan 29 2023 | 2pm

    UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
    Rooted Forces
    Guignol Theatre

    The annual dance concert, Rooted Forces, features new dances by faculty, guest…

    Guignol Theatre
  • Dancer reaching arm with blue vortex
    Jan 27 2023 | 7:30pm, Jan 28 2023 | 7:30pm, Jan 29 2023 | 2pm

    UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
    Rooted Forces
    Guignol Theatre

    The annual dance concert, Rooted Forces, features new dances by faculty, guest…

    Guignol Theatre
  • tree with head of young person in roots, text says blood at the root
    Feb 23 2023 | 7:30pm, Feb 24 2023 | 7:30pm, Feb 25 2023 | 2pm, Feb 25 2023 | 7:30pm, Feb 26 2023 | 2pm

    UK Department of Theatre + Dance presents
    Blood at the Root by Dominique Morisseau
    Briggs Theatre

    A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students…

    Briggs Theatre
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Last Updated 07/01/2022