Theatre

What is a Theater major?

UCSB’s Department of Theater and Dance provides both a strong academic program and an active performance program. The department typically presents five main stage dramas annually, two dance concerts, student directed one-acts, a New Works Festival, and performance tours. The department’s academic offerings range from theater history to dramatic literature to criticism.

The Department of Theater and Dance offers two degrees on the undergraduate level: a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater, and the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater. Both degrees provide a strong background in theater arts and dramatic literature and ample opportunities for participation in play production and workshop activities in three campus theaters. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed to prepare professionally oriented students for a career in theater. Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program pursue an emphasis in acting. The Bachelor of Arts in Theater offers students the opportunity to pursue a concentration in Design, Directing, Playwriting, Theater and Community or Theater and Performance Studies. 

Students in the B.A. program in theater will choose a concentration in one of the following areas: design, directing, playwriting, theater and community, or theater and performance studies.

  • Design

    The design concentration offers fundamental coursework and practical experience for students interested in theater design and production.  Students will select courses in design history, stage management, and scenic, lighting, and costume design, supplemented with our practicum series and assignments in department productions.

  • Directing

    The directing concentration is a structured and specialized area of study within the B.A. program, and is intended to provide serious experience of the director’s function in today’s theater.  The program will culminate with a production of Undergraduate Directed One-Acts.  The concentration offers sound preparation for an M.F.A. in directing.

  • Playwriting

    The playwriting concentration is based on a series of courses that require students to practice playwriting, and includes public readings, visiting lecturers, and periodic departmental productions of original scripts. All courses require permission of the instructor, and further work in this area might include additional courses in theater studies, creative writing, and theater arts.

  • Theater & Community

    The concentration in Theater and Community will allow students to practice their performance skills in both the campus and the Santa Barbara communities. Students will visit schools and community organizations where they will both perform plays specially written for school audiences and work with school children to develop their own plays.  Their performances will often address matters of compelling interest to the community and the experience will lead them to understand and practice theatre as a means of uniting the community

  • Theater & Performance Studies

    The theater and performance studies concentration will allow students to achieve broad education in theater as it has been practiced in different historical periods and in various parts of the globe. Students will have the opportunity to study the critical, historical, and theoretical aspects of theater. They will also engage in practical courses in theater and participate in departmental and class productions.

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