Chair's Welcome


Welcome to the Department of Theatre & Dance at Lamar University.                    

We have a dynamic department, and one that is friendly and supportive. I am sure you would feel inspired, challenged and encouraged should you decide to study theatre and dance at Lamar. The university is located in Beaumont, Texas, approximately 90 miles from Houston, and affords numerous opportunities for a wide range of artistic and educational experiences.

Our department offers a Bachelor of Science in theatre & dance in which students can select an emphasis in acting, dance or tech/design. Full admission to the university is necessary prior to being admitted as a theatre and dance major. Visit our Prospective Students page for more information regarding admission to the university.

We provide a well-balanced curriculum for students that prepares them for professional careers, to attend graduate school and/or enter a teaching profession. Lamar stages serve as laboratories for training, and students can participate in all phases of our production program, including a wide range of theatrical works and dance concerts. Lamar also maintains a chapter of the national honorary theatrical fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega.

We also offer a number of scholarships and assistantships to aid students in pursuing their degree.

If I can be of further assistance to you, you can reach me at (409) 880-8037. I look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in your success at Lamar.

Best wishes!

Joel Grothe
Department Chair
Lamar University

Mission Statement

The Department of Theatre & Dance at Lamar University is a cohesive and dynamic program in which the faculty and staff provide personalized instruction and mentorship for student growth. We develop imaginative, well-rounded students with critical thinking skills, creativity, and a passion for life-long learning.

With diverse, process-oriented opportunities, including practical experience, students develop competitive and marketable skills in theatre and dance performance, production, and pedagogy.

We encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, foster professionalism and artistic integrity, and embrace and cultivate diversity, while serving as a cultural resource for the university, the community, the state, and beyond.