Penelope A. Hasekoester
The Department of Theatre and Dance at SHSU is committed to providing high quality performance, choreographic design, and technical curricula of artistic and scholarly pursuits. Individual programs are sufficiently balanced and integrated to allow students to choose from a wide variety of theatre and dance related careers and prepare them to compete successfully in the chosen area of artistic, commercial, or educational specialization.
Chi Tau Epsilon, the prestigious national dance honor society, recognizes, supports, and promotes superior achievement in dance and in the performing arts. Membership in the society is recorded on the student’s transcript. Each year, Chi Tau Epsilon is an active student organization, sponsoring the student choreography showcase, Dances @ 8, conducting recruitment workshops for the dance program, and sponsoring community support activities including Adopt a Highway, food drives, and participation in the Special Olympics. Chi Tau Epsilon also awards annual scholarships for outstanding choreographic and academic achievement.
The Dance Program awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $ 2,000 per academic year. In addition the Mary Ella Montague Endowed Scholarship is awarded to the outstanding returning Dance major each year and the Kelley Barber Award is given annually to a Dance major for outstanding performance. Applications are available in the dance office.