Theatre, Dance, and Film at Providence College

Why Study Theatre, Dance, and Film at Providence College? 
The primary goal of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film of Providence College is the development of theatre artists. The department provides knowledge of and experience in the discipline of theatre, offering a foundation necessary for graduate study and continued professional development.

In keeping with the liberal arts foundation, the department is committed to providing its students with a thorough background in theatre history, theory, criticism, and literature. Students receive a well-rounded education including performance opportunities, backstage work, and in-depth history and analysis in a department where the sense of community is palpable.  

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What you'll study

Theatre 
For the theatre major, the core of the developmental process is a production-centered experience combined with an interdisciplinary classroom experience that forms the basis of a liberal arts education.

Musical Theatre 
This concentration requires course work in music, acting, and dance combined with many performance opportunities.

Dance Minor
This course of study is designed to give students a foundation in dance technique, composition, history, and criticism.

Film Minor
Students in the program will study film history, theory, criticism, and filmmaking, through both academic and studio courses. 

Selected Courses

  • Introduction to Theatrical Design  
  • History of Film: Early Hollywood  
  • Voice and Diction  
  • Jazz Dance  
  • Ballet Women in Dance and Sport  
  • Acting: Improvisation  
  • Screenwriting  
  • Analyzing Film 

Faculty

From theatre design, acting, dance, and public speaking to the history of fashion and costume, script analysis, women in dance and sport, and lyric diction, our faculty members are experts in many aspects of the performing arts. Other specialties include directing, theatre for social change, improvisation, script analysis, women in cinema, choreography, and various forms of dance.

Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds and hold degrees from institutions that include Southern Methodist University, Rhode Island College, Illinois State University, The Catholic University of America, the University of Utah, and Columbia University

ENGAGED LEARNING

Our program offers students a multitude of opportunities to put knowledge learned in the classroom into action. Opportunities include:
  • performing in mainstage or student-directed shows.
  • joining PC Dance Company or one of the College’s dance clubs.
  • creating/producing films with campus equipment.
  • serving as an intern in theatre, radio, or TV.
  • participating in the PC in Hollywood program.

Outcomes

95%

of 2016-2020 fine and performing arts graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

*Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

  • 67% are employed only
  • 11% are attending school only
  • 16% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • Achievement First Iluminar
  • Art League Rhode Island
  • College Light Opera Company
  • Daigle Designs
  • The DoSeum
  • Fulbright Program
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Mutiny Theatre Project
  • People’s Light Theatre Company
  • Providence CityArts for Youth
  • The Standard-Times
  • Walt Disney World
  • White Heron Theatre Company
  • And Elementary/Secondary Schools Throughout the U.S.

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston College
  • Curry College
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New York University Steinhardt
  • Penn State University
  • Providence College
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst