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School of Theatre Arts and Dance

Named a Colorado Program of Excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the School of Theatre Arts and Dance provides pre-professional training for students who plan to pursue careers in professional theatre, or as teachers of theatre arts. The School actively cultivates an appreciation and understanding of theatre through an anti-racist lens and is working with Broadway for Racial Justice to ensure that theatre is a vehicle for the enrichment of life studied and viewed via the full spectrum of American society and culture.

As a student at UNC, you will not only be exposed to rigorous academics in the classroom but also enjoy a wide variety of performance opportunities, get to work along side nationally recognized guest artists, and have the opportunity to explore every facet of the theatrical arts. Combine all of these strengths with our close proximity to Denver and the recreational opportunities afforded by the Rocky Mountains and you truly have something special. The UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

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Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees with concerntrations in acting, musical theatre, design and technology, theatre education, and theatre arts! Most theatre degrees require additional application steps and in most cases, an audition.  



Areas of Study

The School of Theatre Arts and Dance offers majors in Acting, Musical Theatre, Design and Technology, Theatre Education, and Theatre Studies, as well as minors in Dance and Theatre Arts. Our programs include rigorous training and performance opportunities to combine professional classroom instruction with firsthand theatre experience.

Acting Area at UNC


The Acting program at UNC is a rigorous, pre-professional training program designed to prepare talented young actors for careers in theatre, film, and television.

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Dance Area at UNC


You will study dance technique in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and ballroom dance through a blend in the study of scientific and artistic movement principles.

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Design and Technology Area at UNC

Design and Technology

Best of practical application and applied theory, giving each student the ability to build an education tailored to personal aspirations.

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Musical Theatre Area at UNC

Musical Theatre

Providing promising young performers intense structured voice, acting, and dance training for the professional stage.

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Theatre Education Area at UNC

Theatre Education

Classes in all areas of theatre (acting, speech, movement, history, playscript analysis, and more), as well as complete coursework in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

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Theatre Studies Area at UNC

Theatre Studies

Our Theatre Studies alumni go on to have exciting careers in directing, producing, playwrighting, teaching, performance, theatre administration, and much more.

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Mainstage Season

Our Theatre & Dance season pulls together an exciting array of plays, musicals, and dance concerts to keep you on the edge of your seat. These high-level theatrical performances have become a staple of the northern Colorado cultural scene. 


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Oct 3-5, Oct 10-12 | 7:30pm 
Oct 6 & Oct 13 | 2pm
Musical in Norton Theatre

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 

Oct 31–Nov 2 | 7:30pm 
Nov 3 | 2pm
Drama in Langworthy Theatre

Groove: 2024 Dance Concert

Nov 21-23 | 7:30pm 
Nov 24 | 2pm
Dance Concert in Langworthy Theatre

That Day in Tucson

Feb 6-8, Feb 13-15 | 7:30pm
Feb 9 & 16 | 2pm

Drama in Norton Theatre

42nd Street

Mar 6-8 | 7:30pm
Mar 9 | 2pm
Musical in Langworthy Theatre

Theatre for Young Audiences (TBD)

April 2025

Norton Theatre
Free for children under 10

Getting Near to Baby

Apr 24-26 | 7:30pm
Apr 27 | 2pm
Comedy in Langworthy Theatre