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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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Upcoming Digital Performances

Black Lives Matter

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Our COVID-19 Response 

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  • Lifelines Poster

Lifelines + Re:Forming is a shared evening event on December 4th at 7pm PST, premiering works by artists brooke smiley, Samuelle Bourgault, Philip Kobernik, and Mark Hirsch.

  • UCSb Theater/Dance Production Staff

The Santa Barbara Independent thanks departmental production staff and other local heros in its Thanksgiving issue!

  • Immortal Longings on Zoom

Daily Nexus, the UCSB campus newspaper, takes a closer look at the Department of Theater and Dance and how live classes and on-stage performances have shifted to the digital space. Read the full story HERE.