Ohio Wesleyan University

Department of Theatre & Dance

Chappelear Drama Center Delaware OH 43015
Phone 740/368-3845
Fax 740/368-3858
D. Glen Vanderbilt, Chairperson
E-mail office manager, thtrdnce@owu.edu
Dance contact, rpsmith@owu.edu
Website http://dance.owu.edu/

Rashana Perks Smith, Assistant Professor of Dance and artistic director of Orchesis
Elane Denny-Todd, acting, movement, voice
Bonnie Milne Gardner, history, playwriting
Edward Kahn, theory, history, directing
D. Glen Vanderbilt, design & directing
Jill Becker, part-time in dance
Chadwyn Knutson, technical director
Jacqueline Shelley, costume shop manager

Program Philosophy

The Theatre and Dance program at Ohio Wesleyan encourages students, from the first year, to discover resources within themselves. In the context of the liberal arts, we offer professional training in the traditional areas of theatre history and literature, acting, directing, production design, technology, stage management, arts management, and dance.

Our program balances the practical with the theoretical. Our students confront the realities of performance; they act and learn how to act; they direct and learn directing; they design and learn practical creativity; they manage and learn effective communication; they dance and learn to master grace, motion, and design. Most important, they work daily with strong faculty who encourage the combination of solid academic discipline with practical and professional theare experience. Every member of our faculty is a working professional. Orchesis Dance Concert, performed on campus since the late 1940s, is an annual production of the Department of Theatre and Dance. It traditionally features pieces created and performed by students with participation by guest professional choreographers.

Degrees Offered
Theatre major
Dance major
Theatre minor
Dance minor
Degree Requirements 34 total credits, 11 in major

Faculty 5 FT, 3 PT
Academic Facilities acting studio, dance studio, design studio, scene shop
Production Facilities 400 seat flexible, 140
seat flexible
Productions 3 plays, 1 dance concert, 3-5 other productions
Institution Type private, liberal arts
Location central Ohio
Enrollment 1,850
in department 45
Annual Tuition $38,890.
Annual Room and Board $10,310.
Department Financial Aid $5,000-15,000 scholarships
Other Financial Aid various university scholarships up to full tuituion

Terpsichore, student dance club
OWU Rhythms, student tap club
Sick Steps, student hip hop club