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“UT has always had one of the most unusually fine theatre programs anywhere because of the facilities, the variety of professors, because of the practical experience you get,” says actress and honorary degree recipient Dale Dickey.

“You’ve got top people training you and tremendous performance opportunities,” she adds.

The Department of Theatre has nationally competitive degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

Our alumni work in prestigious theaters, on film, in television, and in universities around the world.

UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) is one of only thirteen academic LORT (League of Resident Theatre) institutions in the nation.

Each CBT season features a range of productions from musicals to dramas, comedies, and original works.

Students have opportunities to perform in proscenium, arena, and black box theatres, and gain hands-on production and design experience in our professionally staffed shops.

Dickey also praises the department’s creation of community. “You share so much, particularly in acting, and it’s a great support system.”

“It’s not so much the technical training you learn, it’s the collaboration and teamwork and discipline and acceptance and depending on each other and trust and building that family,” she adds. “It will stay with you. Those people, they are your family. They’re your best friends.”

Dale Dickey is the honoree at the 2017 Clarence Brown Theatre Gala on Saturday, May 20 at Jackson Terminal. Get more information and tickets.

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