The Meadows Division of Theatre is one of the most highly regarded training programs in the country.


Students select from the Acting track or the Theatre Studies track.


The Division of Theatre produces 8-10 main stage shows of new and classical works every year. Pictured: Artist-in-residence Will Power works with students.


Students can produce their own plays through the SMUST organization and may also apply for Meadows Exploration grants to help supplement production costs.

Dale Moffitt

Dale Moffitt

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus Dale Moffitt taught theatre courses at SMU Meadows School of the Arts for 18 years. Between 1982 and 2000, he held various positions and titles, including tenured associate professor, head of undergraduate theatre curriculum and associate chair. He was named SMU Rotunda Outstanding Professor in 1984 and 1994; Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1991; and was honored with a Rabin Award in 1999 for “Enduring Contribution to Theatre.”

Moffitt was a professional actor for ten years, performing in numerous productions in San Francisco and San Anselmo, Calif. He has been a frequent guest lecturer and guest director at several universities and theatres, including Juilliard; Webster University, St. Louis; Hidden Theatre, Minneapolis; and Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., among others.

He is the editor of the book Between Two Silences: Talking with Peter Brook (SMU Press, 1999 and Methuen Publishing, Ltd., London, 2000). Moffitt was one of six acting teachers chosen nationally for inclusion in the book The New Generation of Acting Teachers (Penguin Books, 1981, pp. 363-372).

Dr. Moffitt earned his B.A. in dramatic art from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in drama from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in theatre arts and drama from Washington State University. He also pursued additional studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

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