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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Professor Peter Eckersall (Theater, City University New York, New York) will discuss the recent work of playwright and director Okada Toshiki (born 1973) and his theatre group chelfitsch. Join East Asia Center for Q&A with Professor Peter Eckersall on 3/3/21 at 5 pm on Zoom.


LAUNCH PAD is proud to partner with NNPN and UCSB's AMPLIFY and New and Reimagined Work on a two-day festival developed through workshops and presented virtually April 2-3. 

The 24-Hour Play Festival will feature seven new short plays written, directed, and acted by UCSB students, faculty, and staff… all created in one twenty four hour period! Please join us for this celebration of community and CREATION at what promises to be an exciting event.