Triptych of images of groups of people, one half wearing red accessories, one half wearing blue accessories, words on photo "Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare directed by Irwin Appel"


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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University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Theater and Dance seeks an accomplished educator/theater artist to teach Lighting Design and potentially design lights for a departmental production.

On June 2-5, the Department of Theater/Dance’s Dr. Jessica Nakamura hosted the Critical Interventions Lab III conference: “Decentering Japanese Performance”.

We are thrilled to announce that earlier this month, Heath Pennington (they/them/their) was awarded the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship for Dissertation Research.