Ball State University

Ball State University


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Muncie, IN, USA

About Ball State University

We offer exceptional pre-professional training in a liberal arts setting. As a student, you’ll learn from nationally recognized faculty, guest artists, and industry professionals who will inspire you to think creatively, work collaboratively, and improve the world around you.

The Department of Theatre and Dance fosters compassionate, inclusive, and empathetic human beings. We challenge our students to become exceptional artists through the exploration of the dynamic relationship between art and the human experience.

To fulfill our mission, we are guided by seven Core Values, which reflect the student’s journey within our department.

  • Character: We practice deliberate and active empathy, kindness, and respect.
  • Inclusivity: We pursue radical inclusion of all voices, backgrounds, and perspectives, especially those marginalized by history.
  • Collaboration: We foster an environment of collaboration in all things artistic, academic, and interpersonal.
  • Critical Thinking: We emphasize a broad-minded liberal-arts mentality and the connection of ideas across disciplines and experiences.
  • Empowerment: We equip our students with a spirit of self-direction and independent vision for their art and their lives.
  • Innovation: We inspire our students to break new ground in their artistic and educational journeys.
  • Professional Excellence: We instill in our students the work ethic and discipline-specific skills, experiences, and connections necessary to succeed in the professional world.

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Julie Lyn Barber

Performer, Artistic Staff, Teacher

  Indianapolis, IN

1 production

Rachel Lucille Hertenstein

Performer, Actor, Dancer

  Atlanta, GA

2 productions

Hailey Hershberger

Performer, Actor, Voice-over

  Warsaw, Indiana

1 production

Meg Perdue

Performer, Actor, Voice Over

  Muncie, Indiana

5 productions

Emily Kirk

Artistic Staff, Hair/Makeup, Costume Designer

  Muncie, Indiana

5 productions