At the end of the first week of classes, the department told all of its first year students—freshmen and transfer alike—to go home.
All first year students are enrolled in TD 311C Performance as Public Practice, an introduction course for all majors. This class is an innovative introduction to theatre and dance, unlike many courses seen at other institutions. It is designed to help students discover and develop their artistic, scholarly and pre-professional interests and investments in theater and dance. It is taught in five sections by the Performance as Public Practice faculty—Drs. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Charlotte Canning (program head), Andrew Carlson and Laura Gutierrez.