What will I learn?

Theatre & Dance students critically reflect on a broad range of literature, performing arts forms, and techniques in order to foster an active engagement with the foundations of our culture and to promote the formation of a character that reflects the faith and justice mission of Gonzaga University. The intended outcome of this study and reflection is to prepare our students for careers in the performing arts and a host of other fields, to promote social justice, and to provide service to our audience and the broader community. Young artists hoping to apply disciplined training and thoughtful work in pursuit of these goals are encouraged to complete a major or minor in Theatre Arts or Dance; or a minor in Interdisciplinary Arts at Gonzaga.


The Theatre & Dance Department at Gonzaga University is committed to training and developing artists who confront the important issues in our lives through their engagement with the art forms of live theatre and dance. Gonzaga provides excellent training for students in theatre performance; design, technology, and management (DTM); dance; and interdisciplinary arts.

Theatre & Dance students develop an attitude of professionalism and leadership through their classroom training and interaction with performing arts professionals. The Department regularly hosts professional workshops in acting, ensemble practice, dance, and theatre design, technology, and management. Internships are encouraged with theatre, dance, and film companies. Guest artists have included professional actors, movement specialists, dance professionals, fight choreographers, directors of training institutes in London and New York City, casting directors, and Hollywood screenwriters. To promote the combination of service and theatre, students perform for school groups from underserved areas and can become involved in our community programs such as ZagDance, a free after school dance class for elementary school students, and Dance for Parkinson’s which is made possible through our partnership with the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.

The Dance major has concentrations in Pedagogy and Performance and enables students to study a variety of dance and movement styles, as well as dance history, choreography, and dance instruction.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$48,990.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected July, December 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

502 East Boone Avenue,



99258, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

For international students

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

iBT / TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: 80+

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5+

PTE (Pearson Test of English) 56+

iTEP Academic Plus 4.5+

Application Deadline

Fall: July 1; Spring: December 7

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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