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Welcome to the Department of Theatre

Our program offers the only Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the state, encompassing acting, performance, musical theatre and more. The Department of Theatre brings together talented and creative individuals interested in pursuing their passion and helps them realize their artistic abilities. 

At USD, our faculty are qualified and effective leaders who bring a wealth of experiences and insights to the classroom. This expertise, along with our small class sizes, creates a rich learning environment for our students, who learn to think creatively and work collaboratively as they strive to grow, innovate and discover new capabilities. We connect our students with real-world experiences like internships and study abroad opportunities that allow them to learn both inside and outside the classroom. With these skills and experiences guiding them, our students go on to have successful careers in their field. 

Join our community of dramatic, passionate and powerful performers and scholars. 

If you are looking for a rewarding and exciting education built on personal and professional development, the USD Department of Theatre is the place for you. Real-world experiences, brought to you by our department, prepare you for immediate professional work or graduate studies.


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Experience the Artistry of USD Theatre

You don’t want to miss the vibrant storytelling happening on our main stage. With a six-show season and additional showcases throughout the year, USD offers you several opportunities to witness the talent of our students. We hope to see you at an upcoming production!

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Meet the Department

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Theatre. Our faculty are experts in their fields who promote 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.
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Raimondo Genna

Chair, Theater/Associate Professor


Theatre History, Critical Theory and Analysis, Performance Studies
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Sabrina Egeland

Assist Prof of Practice, Costume Techn & Mgnt


Costume Technology, Costume Shop Management
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Chaya Gordon-Bland

Associate Professor
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Mecia Graham

Senior Secretary
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Michael Matthys

Assistant Professor


Seven Pillars Acting, Viewpoints, Linklater Voice, Dialects, Acting for the Camera
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Tyler Micheel

Assistant Professor


Theatrical Lighting and Sound Technology
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Scott Mollman

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Matthew Nesmith

Associate Professor
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Victor Shonk

Associate Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Kristina Sneshkoff

Kristina Sneshkoff

Assistant Professor


Costume Deisgn
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Lainie Vansant

Assistant Professor


Directing & Playwriting


With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Department Opportunities

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to theatre students, faculty and staff.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in Department of Theatre.
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Black Hills Playhouse

The Black Hills Playhouse, a division of the University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts, is a regional theatre located in Custer State Park. 

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Guest Artists

As a theatre student, you'll have access to nationally and internationally recognized Tony Award®-winning choreographers, master puppeteers and cutting edge technicians to present their work, conduct workshops, critique students and facilitate classes. The artists share expertise and provide professional connections for students to access as they begin their careers.

Student Success Story

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I left USD's Department of Theatre with a robust portfolio that not only helped me stand out in my field, but helped me land a full-time job right out of college. Now as TD at The Nashville Children's Theatre, I am talking to college theatre students looking at interning in our shops. Very few of them have portfolios to share or have taken progress photos of things they have worked on to share. The amount I was prepared for the real world compared to what I am seeing from other universities is insane. USD truly sets you up for success for a professional career in theatre.

Ben Schultz

BFA Theatre: Design and Technology ‘22
Technical Director, The Nashville Children’s Theatre
Nashville, Tennessee

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