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​The primary goal of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film of Providence College is the development of theatre artists. It provides knowledge of and experience in the discipline of theatre, offering a foundation necessary for graduate study and continued professional development. By developing theatre artists, the department directly enriches the life of the College through a program of public performances.

In keeping with the liberal arts foundation, the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film is committed to providing its students with a thorough background in theatre history, theory, criticism, and literature. This approach arises from the belief that, in addition to developing proficiency in a variety of theatre crafts and performance techniques, the young theatre artist must understand theatre as an art which exists in an historical, political, spiritual, and economic context.

The Department offers a major and minor in Theatre, a minor in dance, a  minor in film, as well as courses for the general student population.

 

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Big News: Jimmy Calitri Appointed new Managing Director of Theatre at Providence College

In the fall of 2014, Jimmy Calitri, a life-long resident of Rhode Island, will join the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film faculty as Assistant Professor and Managing Director of Theatre.  Professor Calitri holds undergraduate degrees in both Art History and Design and in Theatre Performance as well as an MFA in Performance in Society from Rhode Island College, where his thesis production A-MIRROR-CA: A Critical Burlesque on America’s Media-Driven Culture was selected to be performed as part of the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Prior to his appointment to Providence College he served on the theatre faculties of The University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and The Community College of Rhode Island.  He has also been affiliated with the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI and founded both Block-Head Touring Productions and Rumble Theatre Collaborative in 2002 and 2010 respectively.

As a stage director Mr. Calitri has extensive experience both professionally and as a visiting artist in university theatres.  Members of the Providence College community will remember his work on a recent series of recent main stage productions staged  in The Angell Blackfriars Theatre including: The Sweetest Swing in Baseball (2011) , Lend Me a Tenor (2012)  and the musical, Curtains (2013)

In addition to directing and teaching courses in acting and oral interpretation within the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film, Professor Calitri, as Managing Director of Theatre, will assume administrative responsibility for overseeing theatre and dance production and for the theatre facilities housed within the Smith Center for the Arts.

Theatre has the ability to do much more than merely entertain. Theatre can provide a creative outlet, inspire positive change, explore the human condition, and improve the lives of those it reaches. I am a person who is extremely enthusiastic about theater. My work, my achievements, and my commitment to theatre reflect this passion, drive, and love. I further believe that the key to success in any department or theatrical production is collaboration, respect, and teamwork. I am a team player and an ardent supporter of positivity and productivity through education.

--Jimmy Calitri  

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