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Blue/green image with silhouette of women's face "A Medusa Thread: a LAUNCH PAD preview production by Candrice Jones and directed by Shirley Jo Finney."


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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The Division of Humanities and Fine Arts will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month by inviting a panel, including Theater/Dance PhD candidate Tiffany Lytle, to discuss the contributions of AAPI individuals and communities.

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May 14, 2022 from 9:45 AM- 5:15 PM PST on Zoom

Global Snapshot 2022 is sponsored by the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s 'What Is a Shakespeare?: Shakespeare and Global Media' Research Focus Group, the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance, UCSB Graduate Division, UCSB Department of English, UCSB Graduate Student Association, and UCSB Early Modern Center

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 A Posthuman Electro-Acoustic Concert featuring sopranos: Kirsten Ashley Wiest, Nina Guo, and Micaela Tobin. May 7th at 7:30pm. FREE.