Department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies

Mission Statement

The Department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies strives to produce creative, culturally aware, and highly effective mass media professionals and performing artists within the context of our state's key urban artistic and mass media center. Our program is student-focused — and takes both theoretical and applied approaches to the discipline. We are well known for having an international perspective and strive to provide a conceptual grounding for career flexibility and lifelong learning, as well as opportunities to participate in professional partnerships and community internships.

The wide-ranging creative and research interests of our faculty and students are reflected by our many related extracurricular activities. We host external performance artists and groups and internally produce a wide array of plays, dance concerts, films, multimedia productions, advertising acmpaigns and video festivals.

Department Overview

The Department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies encourages both traditional and non-traditional students to expand their creative capabilities through applied experiences and theoretical criticism in the areas of theatre performance, technical theatre, dance, film, television production, film studies, journalism and advertising, as well as history, theory and policy. Active community participation in boht production and interaction enriches and enhances our programs - as they educate our students and improve the cultural climate of the largest metropolitan area in the state.

Advising

Media Studies Advising
Jim Fay
314-516-6664
fay@umsl.edu 

Theatre Advising
Felia Davenport
314-516-4581
davenport@umsl.edu 

Dance Advising
Jennifer Medina 
314-516-4649
medinaj@umsl.edu