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
  • Mar 1 2024 | 6 - 7pm

    The University of Kentucky’s Department of Theatre and Dance invites campus and Lexington community members to a pre-performance panel discussion to help unpack critical issues explored in the…

    UK Art Museum
  • Feb 29 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 1 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 2 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm, Mar 2 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 3 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm

    Feb. 29 - March 3, 2024

    by Jackie Sibblies Drury 

    The 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner FAIRVIEW follows the Fraiser family as they prepare for their grandmother's perfect…

    Briggs Theatre
  • Feb 29 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 1 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 2 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm, Mar 2 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 3 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm

    Feb. 29 - March 3, 2024

    by Jackie Sibblies Drury 

    The 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner FAIRVIEW follows the Fraiser family as they prepare for their grandmother's perfect…

    Briggs Theatre
  • Feb 29 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 1 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 2 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm, Mar 2 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 3 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm

    Feb. 29 - March 3, 2024

    by Jackie Sibblies Drury 

    The 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner FAIRVIEW follows the Fraiser family as they prepare for their grandmother's perfect…

    Briggs Theatre
  • Feb 29 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 1 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 2 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm, Mar 2 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Mar 3 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm

    Feb. 29 - March 3, 2024

    by Jackie Sibblies Drury 

    The 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner FAIRVIEW follows the Fraiser family as they prepare for their grandmother's perfect…

    Briggs Theatre
  • Mar 6 2024 | 6:30pm, Mar 7 2024 | 7pm

    "Resonance" choreographed by Danica Hak, Senior Dance Minor

    Lucille C. Little Black Box Theatre
  • Mar 28 2024 | 6:30pm, Mar 29 2024 | 6:30pm

    "Little Flashes" written by Elizabeth Watson, Sophomore Theatre Minor

    Lucille C. Little Black Box Theatre
  • Apr 11 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Apr 12 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Apr 13 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm, Apr 13 2024 | 7:30 - 9pm, Apr 14 2024 | 2 - 3:30pm

    April 11 - 14, 2024

    “Everybody cut loose!” Based on the classic 80s movie starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose tells the story of Ren McCormack, a teenager…

    Guignol Theatre
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Last Updated 02/14/2024