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Theatre and Dance

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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.




All events are FREE, wheelchair accessible and welcoming of people of all body sizes/shapes, disabilities/abilities, genders, sexual orientations, experience levels, artistic inclinations, ethnicities, and identities.


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Inclusive Stage Combat Workshops

with Dave Maier

Thursday, Jan. 30th, Tuesday, Feb. 4th, Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 2020
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
CSU East Bay Dance Studio (PE 140)

Please join the CSUEB Theatre and DanceDepartment and the Inclusive InterdisciplinaryEnsemble for three workshops in StageCombat and Fight Choreography. No previous experience is necessary. People of all sizes, shapes, ages, and abilities/disabilities are welcome. You can participate, observe, or a combination of both.

Dave Maier is a Full Instructor of TheatricalCombat with Dueling Arts International and is currently teaching combat-related courses at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. He has also taught at UC Santa Cruz, Cal State UniversityEast Bay, St. Mary’s College of California. He has assisted Master Teacher Gregory Hoffmanin classes at the American ConservatoryTheatre’s MFA program. In his role as outreach Coordinator for Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, he has taught Acting and Improvisation classes to adults, and he has designed and implemented a theatre arts-based curriculum for Middle and High schools throughout the bay area. Dave has composed fights for over 80professional productions. He is currently the resident fight director for California Shakespeare Theater (Orinda), The ShotgunPlayers (Berkeley) and Thrillpeddlers (SanFrancisco). His work has been seen at American Conservatory Theatre, BerkeleyRepertory Theatre, SF Playhouse, La JollaPlayhouse, San Jose Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Magic Theatre, African American Shakespeare Co, and Berkeley Opera, among others. He has been nominated for several Bay Area Drama Critics Circle awards and has won the award for his work on Culture Clash’s Zorro In Hell (2006) and The Pillowman (2007). Dave Maier is a member of Actors Equity Association.

For information, contact Eric Kupers at


CIRCUS: Tara Brandel FREE Performance with IIE

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

CSU East Bay Dance Studio (PE 140)

Please join the Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble as we welcome Ireland's Tara Brandel to share excerpts of her piece, CIRCUS.

Following this performance and discussion, the IIE shares excerpts of our new work Wandering in the Wilderness and receives choreographic feedback from Tara.


Who gets to dance? What does Irish look like? What kind of bodies get to be on stage? The aging pole dancer. The street dancer as new migrant. The non-normative body. In a rapidly changing society, Circus looks at diverse experiences in contemporary Irish culture, through the lens of dance. Two performers, one life, one only in video projections. Playful, intense, poignant, irreverent, in Circus, Tara Brandel mixes street dance, twerking and contemporary dance, with video projection, weaving very diverse stories about masculinity, queerness, MeToo, and gender in collaboration with Nigerian street dancer Nicholas Nwosu who is currently a new immigrant in Ireland.


Tara Brandel is a contemporary choreographer and performer originally from West Cork, Ireland. Tara is the co-founder and co-director of Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company: She trained at the Laban Centre, London and with Steve Paxton, Nigel Charnock, and Lloyd Newsom. She studied Integrated Dance with Axis Dance Company and Alito Alessi, and in 2005 had a year’s residency at Beaumont College, a college for people with disabilities in Lancaster, England. Her work has been performed at Firkin Crane, Triskel Arts Centre, and Cork Opera House, Cork; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Stukke Theatre and Ponderosa Festival, Germany; 848 Community Space, Jon Sims Centre, San Francisco Lesbian, and Gay Dance Festival, Sky Dancers, Dance Mission Theatre, and Performance Showcase, San Francisco; and Spring Loaded, The Place Theatre and Chisenhale Dance Space, London. She has danced for Ka Rustler (Berlin), Emilyn Claid, (London) Jo Krieter(SF), and Kim Epifano(SF) and has won numerous awards from the Irish Arts Council, London Arts Board, Zellerbach Foundation and Theatre Bay Area. She was a Co-Director of 848 Community Space, San Francisco from 2002-2004. Dance Theatre Journal writes, “Brandel’s work has a startling raw honesty…ambitious and oblique”

For information, contact Eric Kupers at


Bay Area Ensemble Theater Showcase and Open Discussion

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

CSU East Bay Dance Studio (PE 140)

All are welcome to this free showcase and discussion about Ensemble Theater by a diverse group of Bay Area ensembles, -- each one a part of the Bay Area Ensemble Consortium, an offshoot of the National Network of Ensemble Theaters.

Meet local ensemble theater artists, learn about the field, see works-in-process, discuss the rewards and pitfalls of working in an ensemble, and expand your views on the nature of live performance creation.

For information, contact Eric Kupers at


Flow, Connection, and Neurodivergent Embodiments:
Aikido based Movement Workshops

Thursday, March 19 and 26, 2020 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

CSU East Bay Dance Studio (PE 140)

Join us for a series of two workshops sessions exploring neurodivergent embodiment and creative movement techniques based in aikido and physical theatre. For dancers, performers, athletes, martial artists, meditators, complete beginners, and anyone who just wants to move and play. Please note that this is not a martial arts workshop. Please come for both workshops, or as much as you can. People of all abilities and disabilities are encouraged to join us.

Workshop facilitator Nick Walker is a senior instructor of the Aikido Shusekai dojo in Berkeley, and spent 20 years as a core member of the experimental theatre group Paratheatrical Research. Nick’s work involves playing with embodiment, neurodiversity, and creativity, and the ways in which they intersect and interact.

Check out Nick’s blog:

For information, contact Eric Kupers at


2019 - 2020 Season 




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