The School of Theatre and Dance acknowledges that these are the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people, a number of whom are our colleagues, students, and friends. We honor the path they have always shown us in caring for this place for the generations to come.
LEARN BY DOING! Our undergraduate programs--acting, dance, design and technology, education and musical theatre with graduate programs in directing, design, music directing, and performance studies--deliver breadth and depth of study across all disciplines for the people of the state of Montana and those who seek inspiration from our unique place in the natural world. Our students are trained to investigate the relationship between theory in the classroom and professional practice in the studio. With flexible curriculum in the Bachelor of Arts (BA), the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and several minors, you can double major in programs across campus while you continue to pursue your passion for theatre and dance.
MAKE CONNECTIONS! With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, our small classes, faculty expertise, and commitment to individualized mentorship help make the University of Montana an ideal place to study the performing arts in the pacific northwest. Our faculty and staff provide comprehensive training and professional development opportunities that will help you foster an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in your artistic pursuits. Through connections to national organizations and the entertainment industry, we bring important guest artists and collaborators to work with you and help you envision how studying theatre and dance can prepare you for whatever career you might pursue.
MAKE ART THAT MATTERS! Each year students work as performers, directors, choreographers, designers, and technicians on our stages, in our studios, and touring with the Montana Repertory Theatre. Each season is selected to model the experience of running a non-profit performing arts organization. Each production is an opportunity to collaborate with a company of artists drawn from the student body, the community, and distinguished invited guest artists. Through these productions, we provide access to the performing arts for our local community. We challenge audiences to open their hearts and minds, ultimately expanding their understanding of what it means to be human.