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Department of Theatre and Dance

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Acting (BFA)
  • Dance (BA/BS)
  • Musical Theatre (BFA)
  • Theatre Technology and Design (BFA)
  • Theatre and Entertainment Arts (BA/BS)

Associate Degrees

  • Dance
  • Theatre Technology and Design
  • Theatre Performance


  • Dance
  • Theatre and Entertainment Arts


Beauty and the Beast Makeup

Why study theatre and dance at NMU?

Studying in the Department of Theatre and Dance provides opportunities to work in your field before you even graduate. You can perform on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage or in the Panowski Black Box Theatre, run a show as a stage manager, and learn the ins and outs of the business from professors who have worked professionally nationally and internationally in dance, musical theatre, and design. 

Female theatre student

"NMU honestly was the best decision I've ever made. I can't imagine having any other directors, professors, or peers like I've had within the NMU Theatre and Dance Department. With all of the ups and downs I've had, it's only made me stronger.... THANK YOU [to NMU Theatre and Dance], from the bottom of my heart, for always pushing me to be the best me, and teaching me to never give up!"

Adrianna Stephens

B.S. Theatre and Entertainment Arts '20 | Big Rapids, MI

Explore the Department of Theatre and Dance

You can also contact us directly with any questions you may have: nmutd@nmu.edu  |  906-227-2760


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Give to NMU Theatre and Dance

Show your commitment to growing theatre and dance at Northern with a gift today. Together, we can open new possibilities for our students to make and produce art. To give online, click on the button below, or call the NMU Foundation at 906-227-2627. Thank you.