Stage & Screen Mission Statement

The School of Stage & Screen’s primary purpose is to prepare students to work in the art, craft, and business of film and theatre.  As one of the few programs to combine Film & Television Production, Theatre, Dance, and Musical Theatre within a single unit, the School of Stage & Screen believes in the power of collaboration, both among our own students and those (such as musicians, designers, and graphic artists) in other disciplines.

  • We place a strong emphasis on narrative, believing the ability to tell a story is essential to each of our disciplines.
  • We maintain a strong emphasis on technique, but we believe technique must ultimately be in service to the artwork.
  • We recognize that in a time of great technical innovation we must provide our students with the breadth of knowledge and creative strategies to adapt to whatever new technologies may emerge.
  • We believe students should understand the tradition from which our work comes, placing it within its historical, social and critical contexts.
  • We believe in a faculty of practitioners who are devoted to their disciplines and have real-world experience as artists.
  • We believe our students should understand the whole process, even though they may only work in one segment of it.
  • We believe in the power of art to transform both the audience and the artist. 

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