School of Theatre + Dance

About the School


At the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance, we champion the Performing Arts and Production as vital research. Our programs seek to cultivate a welcoming space for our interdisciplinary community of creatives, practitioners, scholars, and researchers through human-centered, experiential learning. We foster our students’ readiness to thrive in and transform their artistic fields and broader communities by: 

  • Offering multidisciplinary and innovative training opportunities that promote student development and embrace many different career paths. 
  • Connecting students with faculty research and other nationally and internationally recognized artists and scholars to foster active learning through participation in practical application.
  • Cultivating students’ entrepreneurial capacities through curricula and external opportunities. 

Our mission is to deliver robust curricula that elevate the critical and cultural significance of the arts. With the completion of a degree from the School of Theatre and Dance, students are positioned for multi-faceted and impactful careers in their respective and other fields. Students, faculty, and staff work collectively to achieve–and expand–this mission in order to shape better futures locally and globally. 

Vision Statement: 

The School of Theatre and Dance intends to be a progressive and inclusive environment that is internationally recognized for its innovative scholarly, creative, and production activities and programs. As artists and scholars, we aim to challenge existing hierarchies through reflective and dialogic processes, lateral collaborations, and student-centered curricular development. We seek a new and liberated future distinct from our past through the ongoing cycle of learning, unlearning, shedding and growing. We commit to building communities that are grounded in fierce solidarity and courageous vulnerability, and that acknowledge our individual and collective power. Here, students, staff, and faculty converge as agents of discovery and change, seeking to mobilize the arts as catalysts for equitable futures locally and globally. 

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