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

2016-2017 Season Brochure



High-tech, digital set design by Greg Mitchell brings Verdi’s “Macbeth” to life in the 400-year-old remains of a convent in Panama.

We are proud to announce that the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance won 9 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards including Best Play and University Company of the Year. 

The Royal Shakespeare Company to produce a UCSB playwright’s and Assistant Professor Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig adaptation of a 13th-century Chinese play about injustice “Snow in Midsummer.” The play runs Feb 23 through Mar 25, 2017.