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Dance Studio in Northbank Center
Theatre and Dance Chair: William Irwin
Director of Dance: Beth Freiman
Lecturers Beth Freiman, Emma Davis and Adesola Akinleye
Programs in Dance
Dance General Program (Bachelor of Arts) and Minor in Dance and Movement is also available.
Chair: William Irwin
Administrative Assistant: Linda K. Letts
Associate Professors Janet Haley and William Irwin; Assistant Professors Stephanie Dean and Shelby Newport; Lecturers Lisa Borton, Nicole Broughton, Kendrick Jones, Andrew Morton, and Sam Richardson; Technical Director and Lecturer Doug Mueller; Costume Shop Supervisor and Lecturer Adam Dill; Scene Shop Supervisor Dave Thompson. Professors Emeritus Lauren Friesen and Emerita Carolyn M. Gillespie.
A concentration in theatre introduces students to all aspects of theatre art and permits students to specialize in those areas of theatre study which are of primary concern to them. Students are prepared for further study on the graduate or conservatory level. Courses of value to the general student population, such as those in dramatic literature, introduction to the theatre, and public address, are also offered through the Theatre and Dance Department. Students seeking a concentration in Theatre must have grades of C (2.0) or higher in all theatre courses. Every theatre major must participate (actor, crew, etc.) in two mainstage productions a year. Scholarship students need to participate in all mainstage productions.
Both full scale and studio theatrical productions are staged each year. All students of the University of Michigan-Flint are cordially invited to participate in these productions.
The Theatre and Dance Department offers a variety of scholarship opportunities designed to attract and retain students of exceptional talent and promise. They include the Ralph M. and Emmalyn E. Freeman Theatre Scholarship, Jeffrey F. Garfield Scholarship, Carolyn M. Gillespie Fund, Stephen Landon Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund, Kay Sampson Kelly Merit Scholarship, Brian McDonald Theatre Scholarship, the Carl and Sarah Morgan Theatre Fund and the Theatre and Dance Scholarship Program. Friends of the Theatre, the Chancellor, and our production program support these scholarship opportunities.
Department Mission and Program Assessment
The Theatre and Dance Department is committed to responsible and professional preparation of its students for professional/commercial work in the field, teaching careers in theatre or related areas, further study in graduate or conservatory settings, life-long appreciation of theatre and dance as cultural expression, and leadership roles in the artistic life of their communities. In addition, the department commits itself to liberalizing the perspective of the general college student it encounters through the teaching of its courses, and to enrich the lives of persons in the community by producing challenging, thought-provoking, entertaining experiences which reflect its diversity and which explore vital concerns and issues. The Department participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://assessment.umflint.edu.
Programs in Theatre
Eight concentration programs are offered: the General Program in Theatre ( Bachelor of Arts) , with emphasis in General Theatre, History and Literature, Performance or Dance, the Honors Program in Theatre (Bachelor of Arts) , the Program in Performance (Bachelor of Fine Arts) , the Program in Theatre Design and Technology (Bachelor of Science) , and the Theatre Design and Technology Honors Program (Bachelor of Science) . Minors in Theatre , Dance and Music Theatre are also available.
The Theatre and Dance Department also participates in the Master of Arts in Arts Administration program, jointly offered by the departments of Visual Arts, Music Theater and Dance and Public Administration, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in the American Theatre program. (See “Graduate Programs” section of this catalog for further information.)