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 Performances

2016-2017 Season Brochure



The Royal Shakespeare Company to produce a UCSB playwright’s and Assistant Professor Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig adaptation of a 13th-century Chinese play about injustice “Snow in Midsummer.” The play runs Feb 23 through Mar 25, 2017.

The Department is welcoming Sarah Jones as part of Michael Douglas Visiting Artist program. Ms. Jones will give a lecture on Wednesday January 25 at 5:30 pm at HSSB Ballet Studio. Tickets are FREE, reservation is REQUIRED.

  • Anna Halprin in Apartment 6, Helsinki, Finland 1965

The exhibition consists of photographs, videos and original scores and drawings by Halprin, Forti and Rainer, as well as work inspired by them.