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Theatre and Dance

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
Stage manage, learn different styles of dance, study abroad and more.
Each semester students collaborate with faculty and professional staff on major productions.
View photos of past theatre department productions.

Theatre and Dance News

Blog: McSweeney ’21 Eager to Show What Life is Like at Holy Cross

Oct 12, 2017

NAME Rebecca McSweeney ’21 HOMETOWN Stoughton, Massachusetts STUDIES SHE’S CONSIDERING Biology major WHY SHE CHOSE HOLY CROSS “I first heard about Holy Cross through a family friend. What really convinced me that Holy Cross was the perfect school for me, …