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

2017-2018 Season Brochure



  • Student Theater/Dance

Areas of specialization could include but are not limited to; acting, directing, voice, and movement. For more info, click here.

Department of Theater and Dance presents 2018 International Colloquium on Dance and Performance Studies Serge Lifar and the Interwar Dance Discourses of Neoclassicism (1930-1939) with keynote presentation by Mark Franko. 


We are extremely proud to partner with six other departments and present the First Annual UCSB Arts Walk on Wednesday, April 11 4:30 - 8 pm.