Welcome to the Department of
Theatre & Dance at UC San Diego!

About the Department

Consistently ranked among the top graduate Theatre training programs in the country, UC San Diego's Department of Theatre & Dance offers undergraduate BA degrees, MFA degrees in Acting, Dance, Directing, Design (Costume, Lighting, Scenic, Sound), Stage Management, and Playwriting, and a PhD in Theatre and Drama offered in conjunction with UC Irvine. The Theatre & Dance department also shares a close relationship with the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, in residence on the UC San Diego campus, where MFA candidates are provided professional residencies.

A Message from our Chair

Welcome to the Department of Theatre & Dance at UC San Diego, a world-renowned program that trains engaged and innovative artists and scholars. Students here are continuously encouraged to broaden their perspectives, challenge their assumptions, and seek fresh ways to engage with theatre and dance traditions. You, our audience, also play a pivotal role in educating our students as they develop. Thank you for being here, and we hope you enjoy your experiences in our theaters.

Charles Means
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance

Help Us to Keep Creating

Theatre & Dance students are the storytellers, artists, and scholars of the future. Our diverse student body benefits directly from donations to our Department of Theatre & Dance Fund, which helps to support student scholarships.

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