Dance students on stage

Created in 1977, IUP's Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance began with three faculty members and 20 majors and has grown to a full-time faculty of 10 with approximately 100 majors. In 1993, dance was added into the curriculum with the addition of two new dance faculty members.

The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance is dedicated to theatre and dance as collaborative and highly disciplined fine arts that demand a broad-based undergraduate education. There is a Bachelor of Arts degree, a theatre minor, and a dance minor. In addition, Interdisciplinary Fine Arts degrees in Music Theatre and Dance Arts have been recently added to the department curriculums.

Graduates have pursued graduate degrees in acting, playwriting, and all areas of design in addition to distinguishing themselves in professional theatre, television, film, real estate, advertising, business, law, and education.

Our department provides academic service to the departments of English, Communications Media, Elementary Education, and Consumer Sciences, and to the Cook Honors College. Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Dance, and Introduction to Acting are an integral part of the university's Liberal Studies curriculum.

The department has presented more than 150 productions under the auspices of Theater-by-the-Grove, numerous student-directed and -designed 10-minute, one-act, and full-length plays presented under the auspices of the Acorn Project, touring productions to regional high schools, children's theatre productions toured to area elementary schools, and dance productions with the Dance Theatre Company. The department also offers a summer theatre program for young people called Footlight Players.

Waller Hall, which was completely renovated in 1988-89, is the primary home to the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance. In addition to the Mainstage Theater (a flexible “black box” performance space with a varying seating capacity up to 220), Waller houses a studio theatre, classrooms, costume studio, scenery studio, dressing rooms, production storage, and offices.

Productions are also performed in adjacent Fisher Auditorium, which has a seating capacity of 1,400. These performances are usually musicals or dance concerts produced in conjunction with the Music Department. In 2008, the newly-built Performing Arts Center combined Waller Hall and Fisher Auditorium, providing further augmentation to programs and performances in both buildings.

Dance classes and yearly performances are usually held in the dance studio in Zink Hall, which has an approximate seating capacity of 270.

In spring 1995, Indiana University of Pennsylvania was granted membership in the National Association of Schools of Theatre. IUP continues to hold membership in NAST through rigorous, periodic review confirming that IUP meets national standards for theatre in higher education.