B.A. in Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre and Dance provides comprehensive pre-professional training in the areas of acting, directing, dance, design, theatre technology, and musical theatre. The primary goal of the program is to develop artists whose performance skills and creativity are supported by a firm background in history, literature, and aesthetics. In an environment designed to encourage creativity and self-expression, each student has opportunities to participate in various specializations within the major--acting, costuming, dance, directing, scenery, lighting design, or management. Students perform regularly in a variety of theatre and dance productions.

Theatre Arts graduates acquire a range of skills. This enables them to pursue different professional options. Many have entered advanced studies in nationally recognized universities and conservatories. Some have chosen careers in teaching, while others have gone directly into theatre or dance performance. Employers in other professions desire Theatre Arts graduates for their team skills, their imaginative approach to problems, and their ability to communicate creatively.

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  • After several years of processing, Theatre and Dance completed revision of the Theatre Arts - Directing Option, retitled Directing and the Creative Process. The directing revision responds to the expanding formulas found in the contemporary performing arts that often relate to creation of original material. These include performance art, inclusive interdisciplinary, solo, spoken word, re-envisioning, improvisation, stand up, and devised, among others.

  • As part of our continuing relationship between the Dandelion Dance Theatre and its student companion Bandelion, in 2013-2014 Associate Professor, Eric Kupers received funding from the Princess Grace Foundation, SF Arts Commission and the Zellerbach Family Foundation to further develop Tongues/Gather his inclusive interdisciplinary dance and music piece originated at CSUEB.  In 2008 the CSUEB production was a finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. 

  • In 2012 our THEA 4155 Career Management Issues in Theatre course, was singled out in Theatre Bay Area Magazine for excellence in teaching young theatre artists, technicians and managers about the business of theatre.  Over the past two years we have developed this class into a guest artist lecture/workshop series that has included: Joanna Merlin, NYC based award winning Casting Director and Actor; Kent Dougherty, Scenic and Lighting Designer, ACT, Berkeley Rep; Marissa Wolfe, Artistic Director, Crowded Fire Theatre and Austin Forbord, Dance Videographer, RAPT Productions. 
  • Theatre and dance students are offered the opportunity to do community outreach and provided professional entrée while working with our faculty in professional settings.  In the fall of 2013, students and faculty developed a performance piece focusing on mental health issues and performed a public workshop of their work at The Marsh Theatre in Berkeley.  Theatre and dance students have also recently been invited by faculty to participate in local professional productions at The Aurora Theatre Co., The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and the SF International Arts Festival. Dance students also perform and collaborate in professional settings as members of our Dance Ensemble and Touring Company. Both continue to tour and perform in professional dance venues locally and nationally. 
  • Theatre and dance students have recently worked with professional guest artists in on campus productions.  They include:  2012 Corey Fischer, Director - Good Person of Setzuan; 2013 Cathleen Riddley, Actor – Follow Me To Nellie’s; 2014 Jasen Jeffrey, Master Puppeteer – Avenue Q, and 2014 Carlos Aguirre, Director/Spoken Word Artists – It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Current CSUEB Theatre and Dance students annually participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival where our productions have been national and regional finalists.  In addition, we annually attend the American College Dance Festival.  Recent alumni of the program are attending prestigious MFA or intern certificate programs at Yale, USC, American Conservatory Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Actor’s Conservatory and The New School of Drama in New York.  Others are working professionally at Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, and on Broadway - 2014 Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, James Monroe Iglehart class of 1998. 
  • From 2012 to the present as part of our continuing effort to serve the entire East Bay community, we have expanded our cross campus enrollment by casting and registering students from local partner community colleges in our main stage productions.  Students from Diablo Valley College, Ohlone College, Los Medanos College and Chabot College have joined us in productions of Bat Boy, Follow Me To Nellie’s and Avenue Q.
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