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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Department of Theater and Dance Associate Professor Christina McMahon co-creates a new mindfulness meditation app "Aura" with UCSB alum Daniel Lee.

After being a runner-up at the GRAD SLAM, Eric wins a prestigious Dean's Prize Teaching Fellowship. Only one Dean's Prize Teaching Fellowship is given out each year in all of Humanities and Fine Arts and this is the first time a student from the Department of Theater/Dance wins one.

The Department of Theater and Dance was excited to present its annual End of Year Celebration and Awards Ceremony. The event took place on Friday, June 2 at 3 pm in the Theater/Dance Courtyard!