Health and Safety


The safety of our students, faculty, staff and patrons will always be our first priority.

Our expectation is that our community and its visitors will be fully vaccinated.

No one will be asked to take off personal protective equipment.

It is the intention of the department that all artistic and physical choices are viewed from this perspective and reviewed appropriately.

If anyone in the Theater/Dance community needs clarification about the safety of our environments, we welcome inquiries. Please contact either Directors of Performance: Ann Sheffield <> or Brandon Whited <>.

The following studio and audience protocols have been reviewed by the COVID-19 Response Medical Team. Updates will be made as guidelines change – please check this page regularly.


Performing arts and athletic departments on campus are allowed certain exceptions to the university mask mandate. Below is the general policy followed by the exceptions:

University Mask Policy - Masking Required Indoors on Campus (campus updates at

"Effective immediately, all faculty and staff members, students and visitors to campus are required to wear face masks in all shared indoor spaces. The mandate, the result of a sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on campus and in the broader community that is driven by the far more contagious Delta variant, is based on analyses and discussions by campus medical experts and the COVID-19 Response Working Group. The mandate also comes in the wake of last week’s revised recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission, which includes Santa Barbara County. More information can be found in the Chancellor’s COVID-19 Update: Masking Required Indoors on Campus."

Exceptions to Mask Policy that Apply to Our Department

"Face coverings must be worn over the mouth and nose, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public settings, however, there is an exemption for indoor live events, including acting, dance and performance classes, rehearsals, and live performances. Specifically, individuals are not required to wear face coverings while in the active process of rehearsal and performance. While not wearing the face covering, the individuals involved must still maintain as much physical distances as is practical.”

Additional Language from Santa Barbara County Department of Health (updated 9/5/21)

"Individuals  are  not  required  to  wear Face Coverings  in  the  following circumstances: 

a. While working alone in a closed office or room; 

b. While actively eating and/or drinking; 

c. While swimming or showering; 

d. While  obtaining  a  medical  or  cosmetic  service  involving  the  head  or  face  for which  temporary  removal  of  the Face Covering  is  necessary  to  perform  the service;

e. Performers  at  indoor  live  events  such  as  theater,  opera,  symphony,  religious choirs,  and  professional  sports  may  remove Face Coverings while  actively performing  or  practicing,  though  such  individuals  should  maximize  physical distancing as much as practicable.”


Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result must be presented for entry. Full vaccination means a final vaccine dose is administered at least 14 days prior to the event. Vaccine verification documentation will be required upon arrival, along with government-issued photo ID. Negative COVID-19 test results must be from a PCR test performed by a state-approved provider administered no more than 72 hours prior to the performance. (Rapid or Antigen tests are not accepted as a proof for entry.) This vaccine requirement also applies to university students, staff, and volunteers.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR tests can be supplied upon arrival to the venue in several ways:

  • Physical vaccination card or negative COVID-19 PCR test paperwork and a photo ID.  

  • Photo of your vaccination card or negative COVID-19 PCR test through your smartphone and a photo ID. (Guests younger than 18 may use a school photo ID.)

  • Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record:

  • Green UCSB COVID-19 Clearance Survey Badge.

Masks must be worn at all times in our indoor venues. Patrons must bring and wear their own face coverings that fully cover both the nose and mouth or use one provided by the department as available. Face shields and/or goggles with a mask are acceptable, but are not acceptable on their own. Masks are required at all times in the lobby, restrooms, and in the venues during performances.

Masks during outdoor performances is highly encouraged.

A note about our venues: All buildings on campus have been evaluated by UCSB Design, Facilities & Safety services in consultation with campus and outside experts, and ventilation meets standards defined by the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA. Our Facilities Management colleagues have sought to maximize building ventilation and filtration levels wherever possible, consistent with best industry practices.

The department will continue to share safety updates by email, social media, and through our website as the 21-22 events continue. If you are feeling under the weather, please stay home and continue regular handwashing and hand sanitizing. Thanks for being a partner with the campus community to make our events accessible and safe.

CA Dept of Public Health Vaccination site:

CA Dept of Public Health Testing site: