From the beginning, the Department has basically had two central goals: 1) to give students top-notch professional training in theatre and dance; and 2) to offer professional quality theatrical productions for the University and the region. The Department maintains a strong commitment to an undergraduate -only education and offers undergraduates numerous opportunities in performance and production. Depending on the desire and focus, students can choose from a variety of degrees and concentrations. BFA degrees are offered with a concentration in the following areas: acting, design-production, theatre education, dance education, musical theatre, and a variety of dance forms. The BFA curriculum is designed to help students compete successfully for work in the highly competitive professional arena. For a more traditional liberal arts focus, a BA degree in Theatre Arts is offered. The Department also provides educational enrichment for the non-major undergraduate student by providing many opportunities for cultural and academic growth through course-work and theatrical productions.
The Department also has artistic and producing responsibility for the ECU/Loessin Playhouse and Summer Theatre, and the East Carolina Dance Theatre.