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Theatre and Dance Department Updates

The latest information on coronavirus (COVID - 19) and how it affects the CSUEB Theatre and Dance Department.

Wandering in the Wilderness our Spring Dance Concert Choreographed by Eric Kupers has been canceled for performances this year. The production will be postponed and remounted in Spring 2021.

Pilipinx Consciousness Night produced in cooperation with PASA and the Theatre and Dance Department has been canceled.

Student Services Available on Campus during "shelter-in-place."

Student Health and Counseling Services are open still on campus with Shelter-in-place, but with Modified hours.
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020: via phone. Students can make an appointment online at
After hours counseling services are provided by calling our main number at (510) 885-3735 and following the prompts. All groups and workshops are currently suspended.
Medical Services will be open from Monday-Thursday from 11:00am-1:00pm for urgent and walk-in needs only. To make an appointment, call (510) 885-3735.
All routine issues will be addressed when normal business functions resume. We do not provide COVID-19 testing.
Counseling Services will be provided Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-5:00pm via phone. Students can make an appointment online at
After hours counseling services are provided by calling our main number at (510) 885-3735 and following the prompts. All groups and workshops are currently suspended.
Student Health & Counseling Services will be closed on Fridays.

Hello Theatre and Dance Community,

If you haven't yet heard, Bay Area residents have been ordered by the state and county government to "Shelter in Place" through at least April 7th, to avoid further spreading of the Coronavirus. This is not a "lockdown," and essential services like grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, firefighters, police, and banks will remain open. Restaurants are being told to offer food only on a delivery or take-out basis. This order goes into effect at midnight tonight, and affects San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

All in-person classes, rehearsals, and group meetings now have to be moved online. Only essential campus personnel are allowed to come to campus to work starting tomorrow. I don't yet know what this means for students living in the dorms, but I believe you will be hearing from housing staff very soon to give instructions. 

Here are some articles that outline what this means for the Bay Area and what activity will still be allowed:

This order from our state and county governments means that we can't rehearse or perform Footloose this weekend, and that all rehearsals for other productions have to move online or stop for now. All classes will continue online or in alternative formats. Please stay in touch with your professors to get instructions on how your classes will continue.
I realize this is devastating news for many of us. The Footloose cast and crew have done outstanding work on the production. I'm so thankful I got to see a dress rehearsal before things were canceled, and I was very impressed with what I saw. And meanwhile, the PCN, IIE, Dance Touring, and DanceSing Drum ensembles have all been working hard for many months on their projects. 
As painful as it is to have to stop doing these things that we feel strongly about, it might be helpful to remember that we are all in this together. Everyone is facing the same fear, confusion, not-knowing, disorientation, and helplessness at this moment. 
As artists, we put all of our souls, passion, and love into the projects we create. The projects often feel like essential parts of who we are. It can be heartbreaking when they are cut short before they can come to fruition. I think it is important that we honor the grief we feel when we lose something like this. It hurts.
And it can also be an opportunity to grow. I'm deeply upset at having to stop rehearsing our Wandering in the Wilderness production. It was one of the main things that has been giving me energy and meaning this year. And at the same time, this whole experience has reminded me to never take a single rehearsal for granted. We never know if we're going to get to come back again for the next one. We never know what will happen to us or all our fellow artists the next day. It's always uncertain. We are just in the habit of thinking things will continue as we planned.  All we can count on is in this present moment. And the present moment is constantly changing. That's the hard news, but also the good news, as it means that this too will pass. The Coronavirus crisis is impermanent. We've been through worse before. 
So, once again, I encourage us to use all of the creative skills we have been training in as artists, educators, scholars, students, and unique individuals to forge our way through with courage, flexibility, cooperation, and connection. 
I'm sure there will be lots of more communications as things change. Please keep checking email and our department website. 
Please take good care of yourselves and each other. We'll get through this together.
Eric Kupers

Department Chair

Hello Theatre and Dance Community,

I hope you are managing okay with all that is going on with the Coronavirus.

I want you to know that our faculty and staff are communicating closely as events unfold, and are doing our best to act in the best interest of our whole community's health and wellness. Because there is so much going on, and so much information to wade through, it is sometimes taking us a while to provide updates. We'll do our best to keep you informed as we go forward.

The only news I have since my last update is that we had to cancel the first weekend of the Footloose production. There were a few students having cold or flu-like symptoms, and while they didn't seem to be in line with the symptoms for COVID-19, we felt we had to cancel this first weekend just to stay on the safe side. 

Our hope is that everyone will recover and that we will be able to do the Footloose performances next weekend, with a very limited audience size, in order to maintain social distancing recommendations. But as you know, everything is changing very rapidly, so please keep checking in with us as things progress.

Most of our classes have moved online to avoid meeting in person. Some activity classes are still continuing to meet in person, and a number of classes are combining online and in-person formats. We're working on assembling a list of which classes are meeting in which way, but don't yet have all the information on that. Stay tuned.

Please do not come to campus if you are having any cold or flu-like symptoms, and instead, stay home and rest. 

Because there is so much anxiety and confusion and rumors going around, please do your best to not post any information on social media about what's happening until you are sure you have all the facts.  It's better to just refer people to our department office to get whatever info they need.

And please communicate closely with your professors. 

If you have questions, need support, or just need some help finding the right person to get assistance from as the situation unfolds, please contact us by:

  • emailing or setting up a meeting with me,
  • emailing or calling your professors,
  • calling our Theatre and Dance Office at 510.885.3118,
  • checking the CSUEB Coronavirus info page:,
  • and/or contacting the Student Health & Counseling Center at 510 885-3735


This is a rough time we're going through all over our planet. I encourage you to be kind and compassionate with yourself and each other. Often this kind of crisis stirs up all sorts of feelings, conflicts, and behavior patterns for many of us. I've heard lots of reports from folks about things like depression, anxiety, addiction, and similar issues being flared up, even if they don't seem to have any relation to Coronavirus. I encourage you to reach out to us, your other support people, and each other as much as you can. Even when we can't meet in person, we can connect and support each other. Using all of our tremendous, collective reserve of creativity, I believe we can get through this together.

Take good care,

Eric Kupers

Department Chair

Due to cast illness, we regret to announce that this weekend's performances of "Footloose" are canceled. However, we plan to proceed with performances next weekend. Those that purchased tickets in advance for March 13 & 14 are to contact point of purchase for a full refund.

There are no COVID-19 reported cases on the CSUEB campus. We have decided to cancel this weekend's performances as a preventive measure only. Please feel free to contact the Theatre & Dance Department at (510)885-3118.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and department.

Hello CSUEB Theatre and Dance Community,

If you haven't yet seen President Morishita's announcement of plans for CSUEB in response to the COVID-19 crisis, please find it below this message.

The basic summary is:

  • Classes that can be easily moved online (most lecture, seminar, discussion classes) are cancelled for the rest of this week and are being moved online starting Monday.
  • Activity, Studio, Lab, and Rehearsal classes that are not easily moved online, are mostly not cancelled this week, and  will continue as normal while taking whatever hygiene precautions each class is able to;
  • If you are unsure about whether your classes are meeting online or in person, please contact the instructor;
  • If you are sick or are uncomfortable attending any in-person class because of health concerns, please make sure to contact your instructor to figure out how you can keep up with classwork during this period;
  • We are doing everything possible to make sure that our productions continue as planned. Right now, we should assume that Footloose will open this Friday as scheduled. Audiences might be smaller than usual, but "the show must go on!" Our Dean and fellow faculty/administrators are aware of the hard work you have put into this production and feel strongly about supporting the performances;
  • All rehearsals for Wandering in the Wilderness are continuing as planned and we should assume the performances will happen as scheduled; 
  • For information about other productions and events, check with your directors and instructors.

We want to support you all to stay healthy and to continue your work during this trying time. Our art can be a great gift to our communities in the midst of such crises, but we have to make sure to take good care of ourselves and each other so we can continue to share these gifts.

Please ask for clarification if anything is unclear. And keep washing those hands and doing all you can do to stay healthy.


Eric Kupers

Department Chair



Cal State East Bay Suspends In-Person Classes as of March 11, 2020


A message to the Cal State East Bay university community:

To date, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 affecting any Cal State East Bay campus and the health risk to the general public remains low. 

The health of our students, staff, and faculty always guides our decision making. Equally important is our mission that we provide our students with a quality academic experience and support the completion of their degrees. We have been in regular contact with the Alameda and Contra Costa departments of public health as well as the California State Department of Public Health.  

Although guidance from these departments of public health have not recommended limiting in-person instruction, recent announcements by other local universities have amplified concerns within our community. After consulting with the leadership of the Academic Senate and Associated Students, Incorporated, the university is taking the following actions for all three East Bay campuses beginning Wednesday, March 11. Our goal is to reduce the density of people on campus in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus.      

March 11-March 15:

  • All in-person lecture, discussion, and seminar courses are to be moved online.  To allow preparation time, all of these courses are canceled through the end of this week. Instruction will resume on Monday, March 16 at the regularly scheduled date and time. 

  • While most activity, workshop, lab, and studio courses may not permit alternative modalities and will continue to meet in person, those that can be taught in alternative modalities should move online. Faculty will be advised on how to manage instruction in a safe environment. 

  • Courses currently offered online will continue as scheduled.

  • All faculty should notify their students of the next class session.

  • All campus operations including the University Libraries, Housing, Dining Services, and Student Health & Counseling Services will remain open. Advising and tutoring will continue to be provided online, in-person and by phone.

  • University facilities remain available to students needing to participate in their courses.

  • At this time, all athletic events will proceed as planned.

  • Faculty support for these changes can be found at our Online Campus website that provides resources for using online tools and obtaining technical support.

March 16-April 12:

  • All redesigned in-person courses proceed online at their scheduled day and time.  

  • The campus operations will remain open.

  • Spring break remains March 30 to April 2.  

Wednesday, April 8 

  • A decision will be made whether to continue with these revised modalities based on the latest COVID-19 information at that time.

All campuses will remain open. During this time staff and faculty should maintain their presence on campus.  Please check our Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) website regularly for routine updates and illness prevention information.

In closing, I would ask each of you to take good care of yourselves and of each other as we learn more about COVID-19. Spreading misinformation and stereotypes will only feed into greater fear. Maintaining the health and safety of our Cal State East Bay community remains our greatest priority and each of us can play a part in helping us to stay informed and prepared. We can and must support each other in a creative, positive and collaborative manner.   

Questions can be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs at

Leroy M. Morishita



Hello Theatre and Dance Community,

I want to let you know that we are monitoring what's happening with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation in relationship to our campus' activities. The situation is changing very rapidly, so we ask that you stay in close touch with your professors and keep checking your email for updates.

We are aware that a number of college campuses in the Bay Area have moved all or most instruction online. We have not yet been asked to do that at CSUEB. The President and/or Provost are expected to make an announcement about CSUEB's response to this crisis later today. Keep a lookout for that.

In the meantime, our classes, rehearsals, and performances are continuing as planned. If you are not feeling well, or think you might have been exposed to the virus, please stay home and let your professors know right away. 

The main strategy for reducing the impact of this virus on the Bay Area is to reduce the amount of large group gatherings that take place and to encourage everyone to practice extra good hygiene (i.e. Wash your hands!)

I would also add that staying as calm as possible is going to be helpful, no matter what happens going forward. Stress can compromise our immune systems, and so whatever you do to cultivate equanimity, that is time well spent!

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas.


Eric Kupers

Department Chair

Welcome to our Department!

theatre entrance

The Theatre and Dance Department has a performance-oriented program offering undergraduate students, unparalleled opportunity to perform in major department productions beginning in their first year. Our campus is the most diverse in the entire CSU system and we have one of the most innovative theatre and dance curriculums in the state.

Former students work professionally and hold teaching positions locally and across the nation in Acting, Dance, Technical Theater, Design and Stage Management.

2019 - 2020 Season 


** Our Spring 2020 productions, Footloose, Wandering in the Wilderness and Pilipinx Consciousness Night have been canceled due to the mandate of shelter-in-place for Alameda County. **





For more information on our productions: 2019/2020 Season


To purchase tickets: CSUEB Theatre & Dance Tickets

Contact Us

Theatre and Dance Department
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Robinson Hall Room 220
  • Hayward, CA 94542
  • Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
  • Monday-Friday