May 23, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-23 Undergraduate Bulletin ARCHIVED

School of Theatre and Dance

Cleo House Jr., director
McKibben Education Building, Room 404
Phone: (936) 468-4003
Fax: (936) 468-7601
P.O. Box 6090, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962


Angela Bacarisse, Carolyn Conn, Scott Shattuck

Associate Professors
Cleo House Jr., Inga Meier, Heather Samuelson

Assistant Professors
B. Slade Billew, Kristen Blossom, Amanda Moore, Kenneth Verdugo

Jennifer Malmberg, James McDaniel

Richard Jones, Matthew Paul Olmos, Teresa Ragland, Scott Venters

Dance Program Coordinator
Heather Samuelson

Areas of Study and Degrees

The School of Theatre and Dance offers degree programs for students wishing to incorporate the study of theatre and dance within the liberal arts tradition, one for students wishing to teach and one for students wishing to pursue a professional career. Our theatre degree programs include Bachelor of Arts in theatre, a liberal arts degree with theatre emphasis; Bachelor of Arts leading to certification for teaching theatre, kindergarten through 12th grade; Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre, a more intensive course of study in acting and directing (performance), in technical theatre and design or in stage management. The school also offers three distinct minors in theatre, devised theatre and musical theatre. The school’s certificate program in costuming and acting are great alternative for those looking for additional training without a degree.

The primary mission of the Bachelor of Science in dance is the professional preparation of teachers who possess a breadth of understanding in the discipline and will continue to uphold standards of excellence as they in turn make contributions to dance in education and as an art form. Students are encouraged to reach their highest technical and creative potential to the extent that, should they desire to pursue graduate studies in dance or a performing career, they will be sufficiently prepared to realize their goals. Therefore, dance majors and minors are required to be enrolled in ballet, modern or jazz dance each semester while completing curriculum requirements. In addition, dance majors must earn a grade of C or higher in all required major classes. It also is expected that dance students participate in dance program events either as spectators, technical crew or performers. Membership in the SFA Repertory Dance Company is by audition and offers dancers advanced opportunities in performing the choreography of faculty members, guest artists and senior-level students.


We believe that through theatre and dance anyone can become a successful, contributing member of the global community and that theatre is an essential asset to the university’s culture and curriculum.

We are dedicated to excellence in teaching, learning and doing continuously and intensively, in many different ways. Our courses, productions, concerts and relationships work together to develop students who analyze incisively, feel deeply, create boldly and interact responsibly.

Our chief purpose is to train diverse professionals to do and teach theatre, dance and related fields, and our graduates thrive in a wide range of careers.


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