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Academic Programs

The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies offers two undergraduate majors, one undergraduate minor and four graduate degree programs.

TDPS encourages the development of inclusive and diverse cultural perspectives. Students develop fundamental life skills, intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, problem solving, embodied learning and emotional intelligence—creatively applied to advance human welfare in all its dimensions.

The educational offerings in TDPS are administered by 22 tenured or tenure-track faculty; numerous adjunct faculty, international guest artists, visiting scholars; 7 administrative staff; and 40 graduate associates. Visiting artists and scholars regularly enhance these programs and provide additional perspectives that enhance the student experience.

Undergraduate Programs

For more information about our undergraduate programs, please contact coordinator of student services and academic advisor Susan Miller at or director of undergraduate studies Jennifer Barclay at  

Graduate Programs

For more information about our graduate programs, please contact coordinator of graduate services Crystal Gaston at or director of graduate studies Dan Conway at   

A TDPS student performance


Browse our newsroom to find out what is going on in our school and what our faculty and students are up to on and off campus.

TDPS alum Aurelia Michael. Photo by David Andrews


What can you do with a degree in theatre or dance? Check out our alumni page to find out what types of careers our graduates pursue.

TDPS dance students. Photo by David Andrews

Events and performances

Check out our events and performances calendar and visit us at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 

TDPS Careers


Over 60 internship and professional career development opportunities for TDPS students in the Washington, DC and Baltimore region.