Accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance

Accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre



James Madison University
School of Theatre and Dance
147 Warsaw Avenue, MSC 5601
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


About the School of Theatre and Dance


Program Goals

The Theatre Concentration 

Theatre students are exposed to all aspects of performance and production, as well as the academic study of theatre history, dramatic literature and criticism. Our students act the parts, construct the sets and costumes, and are responsible for running the productions.

The Dance Concentration

Dance students develop abilities in performance, choreography and movement instruction. Through intensive dance courses and abundant performance opportunities, students receive a well-rounded education and the skills necessary to pursue a dance career.

The Musical Theatre Concentration 

Students receive training in musical theatre theory, practice, literature and performance. Musical theatre graduates possess the skills required to pursue careers in musical theatre and related entertainment areas.

Performance Opportunities

  • A main stage season of four theatre and three dance productions, including a musical which is jointly produced with the School of Music.

  • An Experimental Theatre season of twelve to fifteen student produced shows. These may include student scripts, plays and musicals. Also ten to fifteen Directing Class One-Acts each fall.

  • Studio dance productions typically include original student choreography as well as the work of guest artists and faculty.

  • The summer Children’s Playshop produces high quality plays for children and families.


The James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance seeks to provide the following benefits for its students and/or the general University community:

  • An ability to understand and express conceptual knowledge
  • An appreciation of the great works of theater and dance by viewing productions
  • An appreciation of theatre and dance as it exists on television, in films, on the stage and in other daily activities
  • Training to work within a group toward a defined goal with a deadline
  • Training for a professional career in theatre and/or dance
  • Training for graduate level studies in theatre and/or dance
  • To provide interdisciplinary support and enrichment to academic programs at James Madison University
  • To provide artistic stimulation and cultural enrichment to the extended community of James Madison University and the Shenandoah Valley.