Western Kentucky University

Department of Theatre & Dance

Theatre & Dance logoDead Man's Cell PhoneRobert Sharkey & Company in Urinetown, Fall 2012WKU Dance Company in Visions of Sugared RumTheatre & Dance Class of 2013Stage Lighting Design final examWKU Dance Company performs MomentosThe Pirates of PenzanceHeatwave scene from My Week With Marylin

WKU Theatre & Dance

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Graduating seniors Kaitlin Fouts and Tyler Brown in Dead Man's Cell Phone, Spring, 2013.


Senior Robert Sharkey as Bobby Strong leads the cast in "Run, Freedom, Run!"

Visions of Sugared Rum

Members of the WKU Dance Company perform Visions of Sugared Rum, choreographed by Asst. Prof. Lisa Draskovich-Long

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Students Chris Callahan, Vernell Bourne and Jessica Harris in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Dr. Michelle Dvoskin, Fall 2012.

Theatre & Dance Class of 2013

Theatre & Dance Class of 2013, ready to fill the world with endless art.

The Rock Band Project

Lighting Design students display their skills during their Stage Lighting Design final exam.


Members of the WKU Dance Company perform Momentos, choreographed by Asst. Prof. Eric Rivera, Evening of Dance, Spring 2013.

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirate King and his faithful crew in the Pirates of Penzance, Spring 2013.

Watch T&D alumnus in Lucky 7 on ABC

Watch for T&D Alumnus Matt Long (center) starring in ABC's new show Lucky 7 this fall. A rich and compelling drama about what happens to a group of people when they win the lottery.

Spotlight on WKU Theatre & Dance

Some Highlights from the 2012-2013 Academic Year in Theatre & Dance


In 2012 / 2013 we gave 76 individual performances of 31 different productions to an audience of over 13,000 people, including:

  • 2 main stage plays and 3 studio shows
  • 1 main stage musical and 6 mini-musicals
  • 8 dance concerts
  • 3 children's theatre productions, one of which toured Southern Kentucky
  • 1 staged reading of a new Broadway musical
  • 1 community service project, produced by our Theatre in Diversion class
  • 1 opera in collaboration with the WKU Department of Music
  • 1 play festival with 6 new works by WKU students
  • WKU's improv troupe, Happy Gas, toured across the state

409 roles were filled by WKU actors, singers, and dancers.

Theatre, dance, and tech and design students fulfilled 684 crew positions.

The costume shop created over 379 individual costumes.

Students traveled abroad to Ghana, England, Italy, Turkey, Greece and throughout Europe.

WKU Theatre & Dance students hosted over 30 workshops for area school children.

In the summer of 2013, over 45 students worked across the country at various jobs, internships, and apprenticeships, at places such as Berkshire Theatre Group, McLeod Playhouse, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playhouse on the Square, Prairie Fire Children's Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Adirondack Theatre Festival, and Hershey Park. Dance students honed their skills at summer intensives in places such as North Carolina, Los Angeles, The American Dance Festival, The Joffrey Ballet School, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre.

The department studied with multiple guests artists, including principal New York City Ballet dancer Sara Mearns, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, WKU alum Donnie Mather, and TV/Film dynamic duo Rob and Deb Spera.

The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance hosted the annual Kentucky Thespian Festival, where high school thespians from across the state convened, performed, and participated in a multiplicity of workshops led by faculty and students.

Theatre & Dance students participated in the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the United States Institute of Technical Theatre, the Unified Professional Theatre Auditions, the Tennessee Association of Dance, the WKU Student Research Conference, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the WKU Film Festival, and the National Dance Education Organization.

Department Contact Information

Department of Theatre & Dance
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #71086
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086

Theatre & Dance Phone: (270) 745-5845
Office Fax: (270) 745-5879

New Box Office Information

Box Office Phone: (270) 745-3121
Open for calls M-F Noon-4:30 pm, and one hour prior to mainstage performances

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