Sewanee invites students with exceptional promise to apply for a Fellowship in the Arts. Fellowships range in value and are renewable for four years. They are awarded to candidates with interests and accomplishments in visual studies, art history, film, dance, theatre, or music. Students selected for these fellowships will have the opportunity to dive more deeply into the life of the arts at Sewanee.


The Department of Theatre and Dance presents two awards each year to outstanding students. The Nicholas Barnet Gilliam, Jr. Award, established in loving memory of Chip Gilliam, C'03, is awarded to an outstanding graduating senior theatre major. The Kathryn Diane Backlund Award, established in loving memory of the wife of Professor Dan Backlund, helps outstanding theatre majors by providing support for travel to interviews and conferences, as well as financial aid to students who receive internships at major companies throughout the United States.

Tennessee Williams Center

The Tennessee Williams Center provides unique, state-of-the-art facilities for the students and faculty. Completed in the fall of 1998, the center houses a fully equipped 175-seat variable space theatre, a 60 seat studio theatre, a drafting and design studio with student and teacher computer stations, a dance studio, costume and scenery studios, dressing and makeup rooms, and faculty offices.


Theatre/Sewanee is the production arm of the Department of Theatre and Dance. Each year three or more major productions and numerous studio productions are mounted in either the Proctor Hill Theatre or the Studio Theatre. Any student, faculty, staff, or community member may audition or serve on the design and technical crew for Theatre/Sewanee productions.