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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


Come see the 2016 Playmaking performances. 12 plays written by IV Elementary School students, staged and performed by UCSB students! Saturday, May 21 at 2pm and 7pm in the UCSB Studio Theater. Free admission.

  • The Table of Silence

A free performance ritual "The Table of Silence Project UCSB" that commemorates the tragedy of May 23, 2014 will take place at Storke Plaza at noon.

  • An Intimate Conversation with Kathleen Turner Pic 2

The UCSB Department of Theater and Dance, An Intimate Conversation with Kathleen Turner. Check out the great pictures from Ms. Turner's residency here.