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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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To see our COVID-19 response click HERE.

Black Lives Matter

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  • Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig publishes deeply moving China trilogy of her plays - Three Parables of Global CapitalThe World of Extreme Happiness; Snow in Midsummer; The King of Hell’s Palace.

The Department invites applications for temporary teaching positions in the following dance areas of specialization: Technique, Music for Dance, Embodied Anatomy, Choreography.

  • K. Meira Goldberg headshot

The Department presents 2021-2022 Colloquia in Dance, Theater and Performance Studies speaker K. Meira Goldberg on Nov 12 at 4pm PST on Zoom. Following K. Meira Goldberg, the department will present Lynn Garafola, distinguished Scholar from Columbia University, on Apr 11, 2022.