Theatre and Dance

The Franklin Pierce Difference

Pippin Performance
An original play titled "...but the rain is full of ghosts," written by Professor Robert Lawson, was honored regionally and students were invited to perform it at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the National American College Theater Festival.

The Theatre and Dance Department offers instruction and training to enhance the student's capacity for imaginative and creative thought and action. Freshmen through seniors participate in the process of performing, crafting and producing works of theatre and dance with the goal of achieving a substantial understanding of the collaborative artistic process.

Faculty with diverse experience and guests artists enrich the curriculum. The liberal arts core at Franklin Pierce University helps Theatre and Dance students gain skills in effective communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. This provides an advantage in today's arts and work environments and helps Franklin Pierce graduates make significant contributions in their careers and the culture of theatre and dance.

Course Details

Acting and Directing courses provide a grounding in the principles of theatrical performance. Learn more about these opportunities on the Acting/Directing page.

Dance courses and performances provides a foundation in the study of contemporary dance with special attention to technique and development of the body instrument. Learn more about Dance at Franklin Pierce.

Design and Technical Theatre courses provide students with knowledge of scenic and stage lighting design techniques and enables them to gain the skills and abilities needed to solve technical problems and mount stage productions. Learn more about Design and Technical Theatre.

A variety of approaches to making, conceiving and realizing powerful and compelling works of theatre and dance are explored with our faculty and diverse artists.

Want to know more?

Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge Admissions Office
(800) 437-0048



Wendy Dwyer

Professor of Dance
B.A., University of Rochester
M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College

Robert Lawson
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
B.A., Vassar College
M.F.A., New York University

Sally Bomer
Lecturer, Theatre Arts and Dance
B.A., Vassar College

Kimberly Dupuis
Lecturer, Theatre Arts and Dance
B.A., Louisiana State University
M.F.A., University of Florida

Peggy Rae Johnson
Lecturer, Theatre Arts
B.A., Eastern Illinois University
M.A., University of Illinois

Kathleen Manfre
Lecturer, Theatre Arts
B.A., University of Dayton
M.A., University of Northern Colorado

Anna Thomford
Costume Coordinator, Theatre Arts