Theater and Dance

Students in Theater and Dance experience what it means to be a performing artist engaged in creative work in both the studio and on the stage. Our courses allow for in-depth exploration of theater and dance as individual disciplines, and explore the many ways these two performing arts interact.
As a student, you’ll gain exposure to a diverse range of theatrical practices over time and across cultures as you research a historical time period to build a dramatic character, learn movement gestures that carry meaning in a particular cultural context, and consider how performance shapes our experience to bring about social change. Our faculty members bring professional experience to the classroom and to the stage, and they are dedicated teacher/artists committed to nurturing each individual student’s artistic growth and direction. You’ll be encouraged to engage in a wide range of performance opportunities, create your own performance work in response to themes and ideas you encounter across the liberal arts curriculum, and take advantage of the artistic resources of the city of Hartford and beyond. Theater and Dance at Trinity is an opportunity to discover the connection between you the artist and the world around you.
Performance opportunities:  
  • Two annual main-stage theater productions directed by faculty and/or guest artists

  • Two annual dance concerts featuring student and faculty choreography

  • Informal stage readings of student plays

  • Workshop presentations of student dances

  • Directing projects

  • Student performance groups: Trinity College Dance Company, Jesters, Shondaa Steppers, the Latin Dance Club, and Moveable Joints (comedy improv).

Community Engagement

The Theater and Dance Department has created a strong network in Hartford’s urban locale with public schools and arts organizations. Trinity students participate in movement/arts residencies in the schools, engage in community outreach programs, and undertake internships at local arts venues.

A Semester in New York City

Founded in 1986, the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Semester in New York City utilizes the urban center of New York as a catalyst for an intensive study in the arts. Based at the world renowned La MaMa E.T.C. in downtown Manhattan, the semester provides full immersion in the theater, dance, performance, music, creative writing, and visual arts communities. The program includes a comprehensive academic seminar, an arts internship, practice classes, and attendance at several performances/arts events each week. The semester culminates with an original arts event generated by the students presented at La MaMa E.T.C.