Welcome to the Department
of Theater and Dance!

The Department of Theater and Dance fosters a vibrant and stimulating environment that encourages creative self-expression and critical thinking.  Undergraduate programs include intensive, conservatory-style training for actors and dancers, as well as general degrees with a focus on Dance, Design, Directing, Playwriting, Theater and Community and Theater and Performance Studies.  The department's nationally recognized and highly ranked graduate program offers a diverse array of interdisciplinary approaches to performance research within a global orientation.  The department provides a lively forum for faculty to integrate teaching and research, at the cutting edge of their areas of expertise.

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2018-2019 Season Brochure


  • Christina McCarthy

Our Vice Chair and Director of Dance Christina McCarhty won the Apogee Award 2019. The award is given in appreciation of an exceptional support and commitment to the youth of Santa Barbara. 

The Death of Kings: Seize the Crown comes back to UCSB with performances are Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 pm in Theater Dance West 1507.

UCSB alumni Derion Loman won a first round in the hit TV show World of Dance with his partner Madison Olandt that will take them to the Duels.