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Students in CSD 497 perform together

Take a class that will change your life

CSD 240: Supporting Communication through Performance was first introduced in Spring 2017 as CSD 497: Special Topics.

The course brings together students from three different academic colleges, as well as Lifelink PSU, to:

  • Learn improvisation, dance and drumming from professionals in each field;
  • Create performance numbers for each of these forms;
  • Examine how these forms can be used to teach specific academic and communication skills;
  • Participate in a grand end-of-semester public performance and reflection on what you learned; and,
  • Have fun while learning!
This video highlights the experience of students enrolled in CSD 497: Supporting Communication Through Performance in Spring 2019 at Penn State, University Park, PA.


The course is co-taught by Krista Wilkinson, professor of communication sciences and disorders, College of Health and Human Development and Michele Dunleavy, associate professor of dance, School of Theatre.