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Welcome to the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance!
The University of Memphis is an urban university in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, a thriving arts community with numerous companies and performance venues offering a wide variety of opportunities for our students. Our students enjoy the benefits of a large, world-class research university and the personal instruction and one-one mentoring and nurturing of a smaller university.
We offer a BFA in Theatre with concentrations in Musical Theatre, Performance, Dance, Design & Technology, and Dance Science. These programs are tailored to your needs, offering dynamic performance, design, and production opportunities both in the classroom and in our four performance spaces.
Bridging the gap between an educational venue and the professional world is important to prepare students for the workforce after graduation. Exposure to a wide range of professionals in the field is essential to this goal. We support the professional development of our students by bringing inn guest artists, connecting students with internships, paying for our students to attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), Unified Professional Theatre Auditions (UPTA), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), American College Dance Association (ACDA), and other professional audition opportunities, and a New York Showcase and Alumni Reunion.
We don't cast by class! It is important for students to get onstage their first semester!
Mentoring with practicing professionals
Exposed to multiple performance methodologies
A graduate directing program that offers additional performance opportunities
Design experiences that reinforce coursework
To learn more about our programs and what we offer, please complete this interest form. Share your achievements by including a sample of your work and show us why you would be a great fit for this program. Click the drop-downs on the right and get started now – we are waiting to hear from you!
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"I love the music and arts scene in Memphis and getting the chance to foster meaningful relationships with professionals in the community."
– Erin Mckee Musical Theatre ‘26
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