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Welcome to the Department of Theater and Dance!

The Department of Theater and Dance fosters an inclusive, 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


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Come join us for the opening of William Davies King’s Museum of Nothing, which, as he puts it, will be “a metaphor you can walk around in and take pictures.” The Museum of Nothing could be called “a collage of what we hardly ever notice.”

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The Department of Theater and Dance is honored that UCSB has selected Professor Alice Condodina as Dickson Emeriti Professor for 2023, for the third time. Professor Condodina has previously been named in 2012 and 2018.

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Join us in celebrating UCSB Alumni Kevin Del Aguila's '91 recent Tony Award nomination for the Broadway show: Some Like It Hot!