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Theatre and Dance

College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Arts

Are you interested in the magic of live performance? The theater and dance major has many pathways and opportunities for students, including performing, designing, directing, managing and more.

Major Requirements

From their first year, students participate in every aspect of bringing a work to the stage, and opportunities to learn from working professionals in the field abound, both through faculty contact, the Granada Artist-in-Residence program and special Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts events.

Technical practice accompanies a firm grounding in dance and theatre history, performance theory and criticism. Students develop their creative artistry while taking on responsibilities in departmental productions and participating in two of three areas: acting/dance performance, design or directing/playwriting/stage management. Collaborative and organizational skills flourish on crew and participation in any of our production shops. including set design, costume, lighting, painting, props and sound.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Performer
  • Dancer
  • Theatre Scholar
  • Director
  • Playwright
  • Costume Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Lighting Designer

Graduate Study

  • Dramatic arts
  • Performance studies
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Theatre design

Alumni Employers

  • Sacramento Theatre Company
  • South Coast Reperatory
  • TEDx NewYork
  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • California Musical Theatre
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