Performing Arts

Helping theatre and dance artists improve their craft and achieve their goals

UW-Madison Continuing Studies’ theatre program is the premier resource for actors, directors, teachers, and theatre-program administrators in the Midwest. We help theatre artists and administrators improve their craft and achieve their professional goals. Our performance and international study programs annually reach thousands of people with enriching and advancing theatre experiences.

UW-Madison Continuing Studies offers a variety of noncredit dance and movement programs for every level of experience. Beginners enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of our noncredit classes, while experienced students can continue learning at their level. Improve your technique and skills, creativity, appreciation, and professional knowledge. From ballet to salsa, from Irish to African—experience how great it feels to express yourself through dance.

At a glance

What: World-class theatre and dance instruction and innovative programming for professionals and the public

Who: Taught by leading drama professionals, dancers, and educators from UW-Madison and across the region

Certification: Programs meet multiple requirements and standards for continuing education

Questions? Contact program coordinator Sarah Marty at or 608-263-2790

Patrick Sutton on YouTube
Patrick Sutton, director of The Gaiety School of Acting—The National Theatre School of Ireland, talks about careers in theatre. Continuing Studies Theatre co-sponsored a UW-Madison Sutton residency in 2012.

Upcoming theatre programs
(Click class title for details and to register)
Upcoming dance programs
Upcoming dance & theatre programs
Special programs
March 12-14, 2014
At this inaugural conference, we'll explore the substantive connections between arts and business and open up a conversation about research and practice at the intersection of these disciplines.
May 2014
Offers an incredible opportunity to Wisconsin playwrights as it focuses on the development of new works through residencies, intensive workshops and public readings.
Jun 26-30, 2014
Learn how to perform your own show in the style of the Back Room Shakespeare Project using a combination of original practices and 21st century rehearsal technique.
Jul 21-27, 2014
A full week of skill building, camaraderie, and performance under the tutelage of UW-Madison theatre faculty, staff, and graduates.
Brings internationally acclaimed dance artists to Madison to share their knowledge of dance with the community.
Fall 2014
This Festival provides students and teachers an opportunity to learn from trained theatre professionals and educators, to take the stage, and to watch their peers perform. All Wisconsin high schools are invited to attend.
Fall 2015
Community theatre managing directors gather at UW-Madison to work together, share stories of challenges and solutions, learn about other theatre operations and meet colleagues from across the country.