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Meet Our Students

Learn more about the various experiences that our undergraduate students have had in our department.

Thaddeus Kaszuba-Dias

Thaddeus Kaszuba-Dias

Thaddeus Kaszuba-Dias (BFA ’19, acting) spent a semester at the iconic Globe Theatre in London. “This opportunity helped me gain a global perspective on the legacy of theater internationally and inspired me to set career goals to contribute to that legacy.” Donors to The University of Minnesota/BFA Actor training program made this experience possible.
image of 2 dancers lunging

Identity & Exchange

Dance major Leila Awadallah's twin passions—dance and her Palestinian-American identity—have fueled her choreographic and intellectual explorations... and brought her national exposure at the American College Dance Association's national festival.
Photo of alumni Mary Shabatura

Owning the Spotlight

Mary Shabatura is a graduate of 2014 who is lighting up stages across the Twin Cities--literally. Since graduation, Mary has been working on multiple projects as freelance lighting designer. “From lamps to general stage lighting, the lighting emphasizes the time, place, and mood of the story being told on stage.”
Theater students preparing for Valleyscare.

From the Classroom to the Stage

BA students in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance create their own shows twice a semester through the Creative Collaboration program. From performing in a haunted maze at ValleyFair amusement park to creating an original show to perform in the Rarig Center, no two Creative Collaboration projects are ever quite the same.