Through Meredith’s Department of Dance and Theatre you will find performance opportunities beginning in the freshman year. You’ll work with faculty who are professional dancers, actors, choreographers, designers and directors.
Meredith offers undergraduate degrees in dance studies and theatre. Each major has electives that can be tailored to meet a variety of professional goals. As a dance studies major, you can also choose a NC K-12 license in dance education. Theatre majors can also add a K–12 licensure. Minors in dance and theatre are also available.
Meredith’s varied performance opportunities include annual dance concerts and main stage theatre productions, plus several studio productions in each program. You don’t have to major in dance or theatre to participate—auditions for both Meredith Dance Theatre and Meredith Ensemble Theatre productions are open to all Meredith students.
In March 2012, the Dance Program's "Prelude to Settling" was one of three dances selected from among 30 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional American College Dance Festival (ACDF) to perform on the National Gala of ACDF at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Colleges and universities are selected by nationally recognized adjudicators in a highly competitive process to participate in the national festival.
On May 3, 2011, Meredith alumna Beth Leavel ('77) received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical ("Baby It's You"). This is Leavel's second Tony Award Nomination; in 2006 she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in "The Drowsy Chaperone".
Meredith has close connections with the Raleigh/Durham, NC artistic community. The department also regularly sponsors opportunities for the campus and the Raleigh community to experience dance and theatre by attending productions or taking community classes. Visit our news and events page for information on current options.
For more information on the programs in dance or theatre, contact Catherine Rodgers, program director for Theatre at (919) 760-8586 or RodgersC@meredith.edu, or Carol Finley, program director for Dance at (919) 760-8015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.