College of Fine Arts Theatre

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Our Vision

To excel as the premiere professional theatre training program built upon a liberal arts foundation.

Our Mission

The Department promotes excellence in education, research, and service by fostering student engagement and leadership; exploring new questions, techniques, and practices in the theatre; and supporting the principles of Inclusive Excellence by valuing diversity and inclusiveness throughout every sector of the department.

Our Values

  1. The ideals of liberal education;
  2. The creative process through collaborative practice;
  3. Classroom study and practical experience are of equal and complimentary importance;
  4. The development of intellectual character and creative and personal growth;
  5. Students becoming life-long learners who contribute to their respective discipline and profession while enhancing the cultural lives of the University and community;
  6. The apprenticeship model for educating students in the art and craft of theatre;
  7. Relationships with The Black Hills Playhouse and other arts entities;
  8. Theatre as a vehicle for social, civic and cultural engagement;
  9. The ethical standards guiding our discipline and industry;
  10. Creative research, scholarship, and service.

Our Strengths

  1. A faculty of practicing artist-scholars committed to excellence in education;
  2. Preparing the student for a career in the theatre and encouraging personal and creative growth;
  3. Providing a comprehensive liberal arts education that is supplemented by intensive craft-training;
  4. Developing creative and pragmatic problem-solving skills;
  5. Depth, breadth and flexibility of curriculum in NAST - accredited degree programs;
  6. Individualized professional and personal mentoring in a supportive environment;
  7. A high student success rate in top level academic and professional arts venues;
  8. Extensive opportunities in high quality production program;
  9. A long-standing association with The Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park and growing affiliation with the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival

***The University of South Dakota is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).***

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