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Welcome to the School of Theatre & Dance @ ECU 

Tour Our Facilities 

Meet Our Students 

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Daily Acting, Singing & Dance classes. Rising seniors have the opportunity to be prescreened for program admission during the intensive.

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The EdgECU

   Musical Theatre                  Summer Intensive

Conservatory style, hands-on training from our world class faculty & guest artists + a Performance Showcase on McGinnis Stage give you a taste of life as an ECU BFA MT student. 

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Daily guest masterclasses from industry leaders & ECU faculty. Learn the in's and out's of the business from its leaders.

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What We Offer: 

Triple Threat Training:

  • MT Singing Technique & Musicianship Classes

  • Acting & Monologue Coaching

  • Dance Classes

  • Song Coaching & Audition Preparation 

  • Rising seniors may complete their ECU prescreen audition during the intensive 

Performance Opportunities:

  • Closing Day Showcase for Friends & Family 

Masterclasses & Guest Artists:

  • Alumni chats 

  • Industry professionals: casting directors, agents, current Broadway performers

  • Wellness Workshops: performance anxiety, building confidence & taking care of yourself mind, body & soul

The School of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to providing undergraduate students with superior, professional training in theatre and dance.  In our rigorous, conservatory-style training within a liberal arts setting, students are taught and mentored by a diverse faculty of active professionals, who work to prepare them intellectually, artistically, and practically, to be leaders in their chosen profession.

Tuition & Deadlines:

 Program Dates: August 4th-August 10th 

We are accepting registrations now through June 15th 2024.  We recommend registering early, as spots are filled on a rolling basis.  Once all spots are filled, students will be placed on a waitlist.

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2024 

Tuition: $300 

If you miss the deadline but want to register, please e-mail Jessica Doyle-Mekkes at and we will try to accommodate you.  

Questions?  Please call 252-737-2441 

The Edge is a pre-college program for the serious high school musical theatre performer. 

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The ECU School of Theatre and Dance is guided by the following core principles:



We strive to maintain a high standard of excellence in our classrooms, rehearsal halls and stage productions, celebrating the individual strengths, talents and dreams of our students while providing professional quality productions to Eastern North Carolina. 



Through a nurturing yet demanding work environment, centered on adhering to performance industry standards, we seek to create graduates who are competitive in their chosen field and also fully prepared to transfer their skills to related fields. 



We believe our student body, faculty, staff and the stories we tell, must reflect the vast diversity of our community and our world.  We give students the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society. 


Artistic Risk

The essence of making art is to take risks.  We ask our students to challenge themselves and allow them the space to make both their successes and failures spectacular.  We believe this is how new and innovative forms of creative expression are made.



We recognize and value the impact artists and arts education can have on a community.  We encourage our students to be artists, as well as fully engaged citizens, who understand the responsibility and eagerly accept the opportunity to make an impact in their field, our community, and the global community. 

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