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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Black Lives Matter

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Our COVID-19 Response 

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The Department of Theater and Dance is excited to present its annual End of the Year Celebration and Season Announcement. Joining our chair Irwin Appel, some featured Theater/Dance majors will share their perspectives. The event will place on Friday, May 28th at 3 pm online on Zoom!

  • Theater 43 / Theater 143 Course Description

UCSB Summer Sessions highlights Theater course - The People's Voice (43/143) - one of the department's exciting lineup of summer classes. The Department has other summer offerings in both Theater and Dance programs. Read the UCSB Summer Sessions Course Spotlight here.

The Department of Theater and Dance is excited to announce that one of the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award recipients is our graduate student Heath Pennington.