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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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Upcoming Performances

2015-2016 Season Brochure


  • Santa Barbara Dance Theater Performance Picture

Continuing the celebration of the company’s 40th Anniversary Season, SBDT, directed by Christopher Pilafian, hosts international choreographer Josh Beamish in a premiere performance at the Lobero Theater, May 4 and 5, 2016. Get your tickets here.

  • An Intimate Conversation with Kathleen Turner Pic 2

The UCSB Department of Theater and Dance presents An Intimate Conversation with Kathleen Turner.

BFA students showcase their talents in Los Angeles. Join us on April 28 for BFA senior acting showcase at the FALCON THEATER in Burbank, CA.