Peer Advisors and Student Representatives

At the start of each academic year, a group of theater students is identified by their peers or members of the faculty to serve as support resources to their fellow students. These students fill a variety of functions: advising on academic questions, communicating issues or concerns to department faculty on behalf of students, connecting students with other on- and off-campus resources, offering individual support and camaraderie. 

Department Representative

The Theater Dept's Representative serves as a spokesperson for the major/minor community. The representative is typically a senior theater major, elected each year by a majority of their peers. The Department Rep brings concerns, suggestions, and ideas from the students to the Chair or the Director of Theater, thereby enabling the student who initially brought up the concern to remain anonymous. 

The Department Rep is intended to give students a way to express concerns and/or communicate with the Department in any situation where they wish to remain anonymous, or if they simply do not want to speak for themselves. The position is not in any way intended to take the place of open communication between students and faculty. The office doors of the faculty are always open, beginning with Department Chair Dan Kotlowitz.

Academic Year 2020—2021

Kate Budney '21

Kate Budney is a '21 theatre major and education minor from Hanover, NH. In the theater department she has primarily participated as a performer, but she has also loved working in the shop as props manager and has worked as props master on a couple shows as well. Kate spent most of her junior year off campus, first interning at Target Margin Theater in Brooklyn, next performing in The Sound of Music at Northern Stage, and then working as an E-Termer at Northern Stage where she was in King Lear and worked on a passion project in devised theater. Even though this year is looking very different than anyone could have imagined, Kate is excited to dive into theater as a way to cope, process, and connect with others! Besides theater, Kate loves baking and her many pets. Feel free to reach out to her anytime, about anything at all! She is always down to get coffee (socially distanced in the Upper Valley, or over Zoom) and see your lovely faces. Communication and fostering community have been made doubly difficult by this pandemic, so Kate is excited to provide an outlet for any questions/concerns students may wish to discuss, as well as the opportunity to just hang out and see each other!!

Peer Advisors

The department's peer advisors are intended as an academic and social resource to fellow theater students, offering advice and sharing wisdom gained from their experiences at Dartmouth. Peer advisors are volunteers, typically theater majors in their junior year. They are available to respond to questions about the theater curriculum, major/minor requirements, navigating production credits, and more.

2019-20 Academic Year

SAPA Advisors

A SAPA is a Sexual Abuse Peer Alliance Advisor: trained, confidential peer resources available to help students who have faced issues of sexual assault and/or intimate partner violence. These students have completed a 32-hour training course in order to be able to serve as a resource for survivors of abuse (recently or in the past) and secondary survivors (friends, family, partners, etc). SAPAs are available to their fellow students for peer-to-peer support, information, and referrals. To see the list of active students SAPAs click HERE