Whether you dream of performing on stage, joining a theatre or dance company, directing productions or working behind the scenes in lighting, costume, sound or scenic design, you can learn to do it all at the University of Central Missouri through our Division of Theatre and Dance.
UCM is one of only four universities in Missouri accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, so you can trust you’ll master the skills — and earn the credentials — you need for a successful career in the arts. In fact, we are also one of just three universities in Missouri to have a fully-accredited School of Visual and Performing Arts. Rigorous academics. A robust production season. Networking in New York City. A student-run Black Box program. Visits from accomplished guest artists. And more. We offer an extensive theatre education with a wealth of experiences no matter your degree path.
A Theatre and Dance program with options
For all Prospective Students - Applicants have the option to audition digitally or at our in-person campus audition. Click here for audition information
Lead work at Black Box Theater
Small class sizes
Audition for shows in your first year
Nationally recognized faculty
When you study at the University of Central Missouri’s Division of Theatre and Dance, you may audition for shows as early as your first semester — unlike other institutions, where you often have to wait until later in your studies.
At UCM, you’ll also find:
From actors to design technicians, companies and organizations everywhere are looking for highly skilled and trained professionals. UCM Alumni are working in many different venues: professionally on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on international and national tours, in regional theater companies, theme parks, improv troupes, dinner theaters, cruise lines, TV and film. Our alums also open their own theatre companies, pursue graduate school, teach at the college and children's level and work in arts administration and management for professional and non-profit theaters.
Our highly reputable Division of Theatre and Dance combines music, art and design with your core courses in theatre and dance to provide you with an interdisciplinary experience and a well-rounded education.
At UCM, you can prepare to join the ranks of our successful alumni and gear up for a number of careers in the performing arts, such as:
Undergraduate Majors and Minors
Mission: UCM Theatre and Dance develops the intellectual growth, creativity and artistic leadership of its students by combining rigorous theatrical training with a liberal arts education and serves as a vital force in the cultural and intellectual life of the University of Central Missouri, the community and region.
Vision: To be an indispensable member of the theatrical, academic and public community and a place of empathy, love, growth, inspiration and achievement for all.
Inclusivity: Welcoming all differences and ensuring different perspectives are respectfully heard with every individual feeling a sense of belonging
Equity: Dedication to removing biases and creating accessible instruction, production program, curriculum and scholarships for all students particularly those who have been marginalized
Diversity: Faculty, guest artists, selected works, recruiting and coursework will represent the richness of the multicultural world in which we live
Liberal Arts Education: Educating students to be well-rounded and dynamic artists through a student-centered learning environment
Professional Training: Prepare students for professional work through rigorous, hands-on real world situations and opportunities
Scholarship: Valuing in-depth scholarly research and program training across all disciplines both inside and outside of the classroom
Interpersonal Communication: Training collaborative individuals who work positively and respectfully with others
Inspiration: Students are encouraged and empowered to be innovators in both course work and theatrical production in pursuit of their goals and dreams to see beyond their perceived limitations
Creativity: Students shall never be stifled as they explore and find their own artistic voices as theatre artists and educators. The opportunity to fail is just as important as the opportunity to succeed.
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
UCM’s Theatre and Dance Department is nationally accredited by the National Association for Schools of Theatre