Find your light. Develop your character.

University of Dayton’s Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program provides a liberal arts tradition, creating performance with purpose through interdisciplinary discovery. We engage talent in the service of community, leading through the arts to problem-solve. 

The theatre is where we discover who we are, affirm our values, aspire to be better, and seek solutions. It's where we play "what if?" in the face of "who cares?" It's where we engage in collaborative, creative inquiry that reminds us what it is to be human, to be flawed, to be transformed. The theatre is the site of embodied democracy, where entertainment entertains emergent ideas - because we all have stories to tell.

The University's program provides four theoretical and practical concentrations: acting, performance, technology, dance, and applied theatre - all informed by a Marianist tradition of community engagement and social justice. With co-curricular, interdisciplinary, and experiential learning at the heart of the curriculum, performers and technicians learn by doing, serving and creating. They develop their character, find their light and lead.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication and expressive agility
  • Collaboration and team building

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Dance Ensemble Auditions

5 p.m. — 8 p.m.

Our 2016-17 Season


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Upcoming Performance

Hannah Gaff, a member of UpLift Physical Theatre.

Enmity of the People

The University of Dayton is updating Henrik Ibsen's environmentally themed 1882 drama, An Enemy of the People, to reflect contemporary issues including the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy.

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Artist Partnership

A Dayton Contemporary Dance Company professional will join the University of Dayton faculty this year in a new role as artist-in-residence.

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Highlights from the 2016 Celebration of the Arts

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Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program

Fitz Hall 475 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2945