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The theater and performance curriculum is designed to offer a challenging theater arts program that encourages discovery, creativity and scholarship for those students whose special interests and talents lead them to the theater and performance; to impart to all majors the formal preparation necessary for advanced academic or professional study; to offer Spelman students experiences in theater arts, by giving her broad-based exposure to the various aspects of theater and performance; and to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Spelman College, the Atlanta University Center and the community at large.


After completing the drama major, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for advanced academic or professional study in drama or dance performance and/or history at graduate institutions and professional schools
  • Exhibit an appreciation of drama and dance arts
  • Articulate orally and in written form historical, literary, and theoretical knowledge of drama and dance forms
  • Demonstrate well-rounded development in the theater arts, including critical thinking skills, high-level skills in performing arts, and enhanced creativity


Dance at Spelman is a critical and creative thinking laboratory that nurtures women of the African Diaspora. Students investigate intersections of experimental creative practices, cultural discourse, and technology.

The curriculum centers on the choreographic process through the lens of Black feminist theories, contemporary dance techniques, and interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Students engage with an exciting roster of visiting artists who explore and push boundaries through the Spelman College Dance Artist Incubation Residency (A.I.R.).

The Dance Department's faculty includes globally recognized working artists who mentor and guide students through scholarship, artistic production, and entrepreneurial strategies. The Department cultivates freethinkers and intelligent movers interested in becoming creators, innovators, writers, historians, and scholars within the evolving field of dance.

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