Welcome to the Department of Theater and Dance!

The Department of Theater and Dance fosters an inclusive, 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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A dialogue between Irwin Appel (Theater and Dance) and James Kearney (English) about Appel’s theater company, Naked Shakes, and their recent production of Twelfth Night, staged outside at UCSB’s Commencement Green in front of the lagoon.

  • Headshot of Lihong Chan

UCSB Department of Theater and Dance alumna Lihong Chan, who graduated with a BFA in Dance in 2020, has been accepted into the neJosé Limón 2nd company, Limón2. She is currently doing an intensive in Minneapolis with Limón and Black Label Movement.

The 2020-2021 UCSB Department of Theater and Dance list of award winners. Congratulations to all the winners.