Introduction to the Department

The Department of Theatre & Dance at Ohio Wesleyan encourages students—beginning in their first year—to get involved onstage, backstage, and in the classroom. Within the context of the liberal arts, we offer pre-professional training in the traditional areas of acting and directing, dance, technical theatre and design, stage management, theatre education, playwriting, literature and history, and arts management.

Many students in our department double major in another discipline, such as English, Politics & Government, Economics, Health & Human Kinetics, Zoology, Modern Foreign Languages, and Psychology.

Plans for Fall 2020

OWU's Department of Theatre & Dance will seek to ensure students' safety by following the OWU Safe Campus protocols while providing students opportunities to explore their interests in the performing arts in the fullest possible way. Studio classes will be taught in a hybrid modality. Performance studio classes (acting and dance) will be held outdoors when possible and will either move to larger indoor spaces or move online. Technical theatre and design classes will also be taught in a hybrid modality, combining in-person instruction in a larger setting with online content.

We are planning to produce a fall theatrical event and the annual dance concert, Orchesis, for students to participate in. They cannot be traditional indoor productions.

The theatre event will be directed by guest artist Ares Harper '19, titled “Inter/Sect.” The student-generated event will give participants a space to express reactions to the many upheavals that our society is going through. Visit the ‘Inter/Sect’ page for full information, including live-stream video links and a PDF of the production's program.

For Orchesis, directed by Rashana Perks Smith, students will choreograph for nontraditional spaces that will support health guidelines for performers and audience members. We will make use of video to stream and record the performances. Incoming students are encouraged to contact to Rashana Smith at for more details.

All department events will be posted with presentation dates, times, and locations on the department website once they are confirmed.

Available Majors

Available Minors

Department Contact Info


Chappelear Drama Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
45 Rowland Ave.
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3845
P Box Office - 740-368-3855
F 740-368-3858

Department Contact

Department Chair
Glenda Yael Nieto Cuebas
Associate Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
University Hall 318 | 740-368-3684 |