Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas-El Paso is made up of a diverse community of artists and scholars, whose devotion to exceptional teaching, service, creative practice and research aligns with the University mission by contributing to the quality of life in El Paso, the surrounding region, and beyond. Our student centered program is dedicated to offering a multitude of performance and design opportunities within our season of shows at the Wise Family Theater, the Studio Theatre and the UTEP Dinner Theater, along with traveling productions, student projects, and the Chican@/Latin@ Theatre series. Collectively, the department hosts 20 productions a year. The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to providing student artists the opportunity to refine their skills for a professional career.
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In accordance with UTEP President Heather Wilson's statement, our live outdoor production of Lysistrata this late April will be presented as a socially-distanced event. Safety precautions, including wearing face masks that cover the nose and mouth, will be enforced through the event.
The Department of Theatre & Dance's priority remains the safety of all students, faculty and patrons in line with the UTEP and CDC guidelines.
Creating & Connecting in Quarantine
We've reached our Fall 2020 goal of $2,000. Help us reach our Spring 2021 goal of $5,000!
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many theaters around the world began to wonder what would happen to theatre. At the Department of Theatre & Dance at UTEP, we decided we would do everything in our power to continue creating opportunities for our students and learn to adapt as necessary to the world around us. During a time when we are unable to invite you to our spaces, we want to bring theatre to you. Times like this encourage artists to think differently and innovate or even look to history in order to move forward. Theatre has survived worse during times of plague and war as it has proven to be resilient time and again. When we has humans come together, anything is possible.
If not for the need to quarantine and social distance, our theatre doors would welcome upwards of 10,000 patrons per school year and generate over $80,000 in ticket sales which allows us to provide scholarships and professional quality experiences to all who enter our doors. This year, though we are unable to have patrons come to the theatre, we are excited to bring free theatre and digital content to all. With content both on air and online, we will reach an audience that we would otherwise be unable to, bringing more awareness to our community.
Your contributions allow the Department to continue developing the innovative content you have listened to or watched. The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance shines in light of the ongoing pandemic and strives to innovate in order to bring theatre to you and connect when we are unable to welcome you into our physical spaces.
With your support, we can:
- Award more student scholarships
- Pay for rights to produce more content
- Acquire and maintain the necessary technical equipment to make digital content
- Hire directors, designers and choreographers from around the world
- Bring professionals to UTEP via Zoom for student and community workshops
- Create new and exciting connections for our students and patrons alike
- And so much more
Thank you for being a patron of the arts, we look forward to bringing you more and seeing you in our audience in the future.