The Department of Theater and Dance is committed to engaging students in creative practice and scholarly study across the disciplines of theater and dance. Students in our courses are encouraged to explore the cross-disciplinary connections between these two performing arts; to link theory with practice; and to situate theater and dance as vital components in cultural, social, and political processes with both global and historical reach. The Department exposes students to a wide range of studio techniques and approaches in order to enhance their skills as performers and to provide them with the necessary resources for the creation of new work. Above all, the Department values experimentation in both artistic practice and intellectual inquiry, and seeks to nurture student artists capable of expressing their ideas and their passions with clarity and purpose.
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- Two annual main-stage theater productions directed by faculty and/or guest artists
- Two annual dance concerts featuring student and faculty choreography
- Informal stage readings of student plays
- Workshop presentations of student dances
- Directing projects
- Student performance groups: Trinity College Dance Company, Jesters, Shondaa Steppers, the Latin Dance Club, and Moveable Joints (comedy improv).
The Theater and Dance Department has created a strong network in Hartford’s urban locale with public schools and arts organizations. Trinity students participate in movement/arts residencies in the schools, engage in community outreach programs, and undertake internships at local arts venues.
A Semester in New York City
Founded in 1986, the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Semester in New York City utilizes the urban center of New York as a catalyst for an intensive study in the arts. Based at the world renowned La MaMa E.T.C. in downtown Manhattan, the semester provides full immersion in the theater, dance, performance, music, creative writing, and visual arts communities. The program includes a comprehensive academic seminar, an arts internship, practice classes, and attendance at several performances/arts events each week. The semester culminates with an original arts event generated by the students presented at La MaMa E.T.C.