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Welcome to UW Theatre & Dance!


The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to preparing students for meaningful lives as artists, scholars and educators by providing a rigorous, vibrant, creative and academic environment in which we mentor them for an artistic life in a diverse world. We promote artistic curiosity, exploration, innovation, experimentation, risk-taking, and cross discipline collaboration as we inspire our students, and the people of Wyoming to reflect, think, and engage in issues of our life and times.  We enrich the cultural life of Wyoming by staging a wide range of high quality performances, workshops, conferences and events that showcase our students, faculty and guest artists’ talents and creative work. We bring the world of theatre and dance to Wyoming, and Wyoming to the world.

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Each year, we produce six main season shows, including four theatre pieces and two dance concerts. Our season offers a lively mix of contemporary plays, classics and Shakespeare, new work, musicals and operas, and a range of modern, ballet, jazz, and vertical dance selections.

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UW Theatre & Dance administers an outstanding scholarship program for qualified resident and non-resident students who intend to major in Theatre or Dance. Numerous awards are available for partial to full tuition for the full academic year. 


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2018 Scholarship Weekend, Feb. 9 & 10


UW Theatre and Dance hosts a variety of program-related workshops and events annually.

Student Directed One-Acts, May 2, 3, 4, 2018

UWYO Stage Combat Workshop May 5-6 2018

Snowy Range Summer Theatre & Dance Festival


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UW Theatre and Dance Season Closes with ‘Six Songs from Ellis’

April 17, 2018 ‖ The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance closes its “Finding Freedom” season with “Six Songs from Ellis,” an original work that captures the voices of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in one of the greatest human migrations of all time.

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UW Theatre and Dance Season Continues with Copland Opera

March 21, 2018 ‖ The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance’s spring season continues with “The Tender Land,” Aaron Copland’s opera about a young woman’s coming-of-age in the American heartland during the Great Depression.

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UW Theatre and Dance Presents Kushner’s ‘A Bright Room Called Day’ Feb. 6-10

January 31, 2018 ‖ Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner’s “A Bright Room Called Day,” a portrayal of regular citizens during the rise of the Nazi Party in 1930s Germany, will be staged Feb. 6-10 at the University of Wyoming.

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Works from Dance Theatre of Harlem Featured in UW Performance Dec. 1-3

November 28, 2017 ‖ The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance closes the semester with “Fall for Dance,” featuring works by Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) repertoire Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. on the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts main stage.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem is UW’s Eminent Artists-in-Residence

September 14, 2017 ‖ Famed Dance Theatre of Harlem, a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, is the 2017-18 Eminent Artists-in-Residence, hosted by the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance. The residency is supported by UW’s Office of the President.

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Sondheim Musical ‘Company’ Closes UW Theatre and Dance Season

April 14, 2017 ‖ Legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy “Company” closes out the 2016-17 University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance production season.

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UW Spring Dance Concert Features Lights Along the Shore March 7-10

February 28, 2017 ‖ The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Spring to Dance,” a mixed-bill concert featuring an array of dance styles ranging from jazz and modern to European release and vertical dance.

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UW Theatre and Dance Opens Spring Season with ‘Sonia Flew’

February 7, 2017 ‖ The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance opens the spring season with Melinda Lopez’s “Sonia Flew,” a powerful story of love and sacrifice that unfolds across two generations and two countries’ political upheavals.

Women Playing Hamlet

UW Theatre and Dance Presents ‘Women Playing Hamlet’

November 23, 2016 ‖ Should a woman play Hamlet or not play Hamlet? That is the question asked in a new comedy for Shakespeare fans and haters alike from the writer and director of “Angry Psycho Princesses” and “The Exit Interview.”

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‘Dracula’ Comes to UW Oct. 25-31

October 17, 2016 ‖ The University of Wyoming brings Halloween season to stage with “Dracula: The Legend in Motion” Oct. 25-31. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-29 and Oct. 31, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Thrust Theatre.

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Department of Theatre & Dance

Dept. 3951

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-5100


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