Admission to the Theatre and Dance Department requires that you be accepted into the University and complete an audition. Complete your application to the university as an undergraduate student. If you are interested in graduate studies, complete your application to the university

Once your application to Wayne State University is completed, you must also register for and attend a theatre audition or dance audition.


Advising is essential for students pursuing a degree in Theatre or Dance to graduate on time and with the credits you need. Undergraduate students have both an Academic Advisor and a Career Advisor. Graduate student advising is arranged after admission to the program.

NOTICE: All face-to-face advising appointments in the Department of Theatre and Dance have been suspended until further notice.

Advising appointments will still be made via Advising Works and will be conducted via Microsoft Teams, email, or phone. These methods will be determined by between student and advisor and are subject to change.

To request an "advising appointment", fill out one of the forms below and provide us with thorough information we will need in order to serve you to the best of our abilities.

An advisor will reach out to you and determine which mode of advising is best suited for your needs. We thank you for your patience during this time.

Degree Programs

Earn your BA, BFA, MA or MFA from the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. We offer training in theatre performance, theatre design and technology, dance performance/choreography. You can also minor in one of our Theatre and Dance programs. (Theatre degree programs) (Dance degree programs)

Departmental Resources

Departmental Resources is home to the online production calendar, Handbooks, rehearsal space calendar, Dance ropes, and more. Departmental Resources are for current students, staff and faculty in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.


Exploratory Track 

The Exploratory Performing Arts cluster is for students who are interested in the performance or design/technical aspects of theatre and/or dance* but have not yet decided on a specific major. This cluster introduces students to concepts that are fundamental to careers in the performing arts. The cluster offers exploratory possibilities in combination with first-year core General Education courses. It also provides the opportunity to explore personal strengths and career interests.


A minor track of study helps develop important professional job skills in communication, teamwork, problem-solving, cooperation, creativity, and analytical thinking as you pursue your vocational interest in theatre or dance. You can minor in one of the tracks below.


Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University awards a number of four-year scholarships to promising young theatre and dance students. Awards are achieved by audition and/or interview and are available in both the performance (acting) and the design and technology (scenic, lighting, costume, and stage management) areas.

Talent scholarships are designed as four-year awards for theatre majors. In order to ensure the continuation of the stipend, a student must stay in residence for four consecutive years at Wayne State University, maintain a 2.5 grade point average and be a visible part of the theatre program. Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination of the scholarship. 

Study Abroad

Those selected to participate in our study abroad program become part of a distinguished tradition. Since 2001, over 250 actors, directors, designers, theatre managers, and teacher-observers from 20 different colleges and universities, as well as working professionals, have chosen Month in Moscow as their preferred summer study abroad program to obtain maximum training results and immersive cultural experience. MIM participants are enrolled through the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University—historically ranked among the leading comprehensive theatre programs in the nation—and have access to classes in acting, directing, design, theatre management, theatre history, as well as excursions to theatres and other cultural locations. Past study abroad students have said they had the best summer of their lives while studying abroad; they have recommended MIM to their friends and colleagues, and continue to utilize the knowledge and skills that they learned while abroad.