Theatre and Dance

Theatre: Major 
Dance: Minor 

Act, dance, direct, design, or stage manage. With numerous production opportunities throughout the year, students studying theatre can try on many different hats — figuratively and literally. Recognized for its high standards of training and the quality of its productions, the Department of Theatre and Dance at Holy Cross provides a nurturing and supportive environment for students to express themselves and develop their artistic capabilities in a collaborative environment.

In the liberal arts tradition, we believe theatre is a vital, dynamic medium qualified to participate in a dialogue about the human condition. Holy Cross theatre explores the spiritual aspects of our collective experience, examining compelling issues and ideas in a provocative and entertaining manner.

As a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Holy Cross theatre program is highly regarded regionally and nationally. Our teaching and programming has been reviewed and certified as meeting all national standards for formal theatre training.

Program Highlights

In addition to classes in theatre history and literature, students can choose to pursue the major with either an acting or design emphasis, minor in dance, or they can create a self-designed major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in film studies or playwriting. Courses of study include: 

  • acting
  • dance
  • design 
  • directing 
  • film
  • history and literature
two students sitting in a theatre production on stage
Current Schedule

Each semester students collaborate with faculty and professional staff on major productions.

stage during a theatre production
Production Photo Galleries

View photos of past theatre department productions.

Theatre and Dance News

Holy Cross Alumnus Aids Theatres in Their Darkest Hour
In spring 1975, theater legend Arthur Laurents received a Tony Award nomination for directing the revival of “Gypsy,” the 1959 classic often referred to as the quintessential Broadway musical. In that same time—and some 200 miles away—David Saint was graduating …
photo collage, Alpha Sigma Nu recipients
31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society
Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …
A beam is lifted into place at the Prior Center for Performing Arts
Holy Cross Reaches Milestone in Construction of Center for Performing Arts
Last week, a small group gathered for the topping out ceremony to watch the final beam be placed atop the Prior Center for Performing Arts. This milestone marks significant progress on a structure that will be the heart of the …