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MFA & PhD Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, March 23, 2019
    10:00am Designer Portfolio Presentation
    11:00am Graduation
    in the Mandell Weiss Forum

UCSD Graduate Acting Class of 2019 LA Showcase
Monday, April 8, 2019
    4pm and 7pm
    The Garry Marshall Theatre

UCSD Graduate Acting Class of 2019 NYC Showcase
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    2pm and 7pm
    The Peter Jay Sharp Theater @ Playwrights Horizons
    416 West 42nd Street, New York, New York 10036

Joan Beber
alumna of UCSD’s Concurrent Enrollment Program

News Stories
Sharece M Sellem Sharece M. Sellem's Daisies On Harlem’s Doorstep Named 2019 Dr. Floyd Gaffney Playwriting Competition Winner

Learn more about the play and playwright >>
Barnes Head of PhD Dr. Julie Burelle releases her book 'Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Quebec'.

Read UCSD's write up on the release >>
Barnes Alumna Monique Gaffney named recipient of the Thirteenth Round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

Learn more about the recipients >>
Barnes Engaging The World: the role of the artist in society with Anna Deavere Smith on Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm in the Mandell Weiss Forum

RSVP for the event here >>
Havis Department Chair Allan Havis interview with upcoming guest speaker Anna Deavere Smith for department blog

Check out Smith's responses >>
Barnes Department Chair Allan Havis interview with Composer & Sound Design faculty Michael Roth about his career

Read the interview >>
Barnes Friday February 1st @ 4:30pm: MFA alumni couple Monica Bill Barnes, BA, choreographer & performer and David WIlson Barnes, BA, actor holding talk in Potiker Theatre

RSVP for the event here >>
Craig Noel MFA alumni Melanie Chen Cole, Jesca Prudencio, Chris Rynne, Bo Tindell, and Paloma H Young and Lighting Professor Alan Burrett receive nominations for Craig Noel Awards in San Diego

More details at sandiegouniontribune.com >>
Better Call Saul MFA Acting alumna Alison Tatlock pens the episode of Better Call Saul "Something Stupid" listed as one of 10 Best TV Episodes of 2018

Read the entire 10 Best List at vulture.com >>
Anne Kauffman THE YEAR TO COME director and UC San Diego Theatre and Dance alum Anne Kauffman featured in Modern Luxury San Diego

Check on the article at modernluxury.com >>
Looking For Christmas MFA acting alumnus DeLeon Dallas is in Looking For Christmas, with music and lyrics by Clint Black, at the Old Globe. Runs through the end of December

Learn more about the show at theoldglobe.org >>
Lauren Yee LJP announces 4 shows including Lauren Yee's CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Found out more at lajollaplayhouse.org >>
Jennifer Chang A write up about MFA acting alumna and Head of Undergraduate Acting Jennifer Chang and the two shows she directed in LA

Available at gmanetwork.com >>
43rd Humana Festival MFA playwrights Emily Feldman, Lily Padilla and Dave Harris all part of the Humana Festival

More details at ActorsTheatre.org >> 
Ain't Too Proud AIN’T TOO PROUD cast announced for its Broadway premiere in February/March. Robert Brill, BA, and Professor of Scene Design is the set designer

Check out the story on Broadway.com >> 
Toby Onwumere Head of PhD Dr. Julie Burelle releases first book Encounters on Contested Lands: Indigenous Performances of Sovereignty and Nationhood in Québec

Order the book at Northwestern U. Press >> 
Toby Onwumere UC San Diego welcomes newest Stage Management faculty member, Professor Lora Powell

Get to know Professor Powell >> 
Toby Onwumere MFA Acting alumnus Toby Onwumere lands recurring role on upcoming season of EMPIRE

Check out the story on Deadline >> 
Allan Havis Professor Allan Havis named new Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego

Find out more about Professor Havis >> 
Jessica Friedman PhD student Jessica Friedman awarded Selma Jeanne Cohen Award by Dance Studies Association

Read about the award >> 
Kelly Hanson Interview with MFA design alumna Kelly Hanson by LDI/Live Design

Check out the LDI article >> 
Dave Harris and Steph Del Rosso UC San Diego mourns the passing of MFA Acting candidate Brandon O'Sullivan

Learn more about Brandon >>
Dave Harris and Steph Del Rosso Top rankings for Department BA and MFA Acting programs by the Hollywood Reporter

Read about the BA ranking >>
Read about the MFA ranking >>
Dave Harris and Steph Del Rosso Dance Faculty Alison D. Smith featured in new dance documentary advocating the value of movement education

Check out the film on Vimeo >>
Dave Harris and Steph Del Rosso MFA Playwriting Students Dave Harris and Steph Del Rosso take home awards at KCACTF 2018

Hear more about it here >>
Regan Linton Playwriting Professor Naomi Iizuka will present What Happens Next for La Jolla Playhouse's WithOut Walls, in association with Cornerstone Theater Company

Find out more about the show >>
Regan Linton MFA Acting '13 alumna Regan Linton one of the 2018 UC San Diego Triton 40 Under 40 honorees

Read more about Triton 40 Under 40 >>
Hilton Alsina Issues of Identity: In Conversation with Hilton Als on Monday, February 5 at 6pm

Learn more and RSVP >>
Deborah Playwriting professor Deborah Stein's play The Wholehearted to be performed in NYC

Read the details of who's work has been selected >>
Deborah UCSD Playwrights featured in the 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays

Read the details of who's work has been selected >>
Junk UC San Diego Faculty and Alumni gather for Ayad Akhtar's JUNK at Lincoln Center Theater

Read more about the gathering >>
Lauren Yee History & Theory Professor Dr. Julie Burelle among 11 faculty members honored with Hellman Fellowships

Check out the story at thisweek@ucsandiego >>
Lauren Yee MFA Playwriting alumna Lauren Yee wins the Kesselring Prize

Read more about this distinguished honor >>
Robert Brill Scenic Design Professor Robert Brill to be Alumni Keynote Speaker at UC San Diego 2017 New Student Welcome Convocation & Dinner

Click here to learn more >>
Marianne Interim Department Chair Dr. Judith Dolan exhibits her Broadyway designs at the La Jolla Historical Society

Learn more about the exhibit >>
Marianne Distinguished Professor Marianne McDonald featured in Rancho Santa Fe Connector magazine

Download a PDF of the article >>
MFA Lighting Design alumni Chao-Yu Tsai wins Silver at World Stage Design in Taipei

Read more about Chao-Yu's award and work >>
PhD Professor Julie Burelle receives UCSD's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Distinguished Teaching Award for 2017

Read more about Dr. Burelle's work >>
PhD Candidate Jason Dorwart inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Read more about the inductees >>
MFA Playwriting alum Will Snider and MFA Directing alum Will Detlefsen interviewed about their upcoming production Strange Men, part of the Wagner New Play Festival

Watch the interview on YouTube >>
MFA Acting alumnus Jefferson Mays Opens Oslo at Lincoln Center

Learn more at lct.org >>
Stage Management Faculty Professor Lisa Porter to Present at Ilan-Lael Foundation's Gateway Conversations

Read more at gatewayconversations.com >>
MFA Acting Alumnus Toby Onwumere Stars in Season 2 of Sense8

Check out Sense8 Season 2's trailer >>
Dance Faculty Patricia Rincon Receives 2017 Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award

Watch the associated video on YouTube >>
Professor Nadine George-Graves to offer UCNYC course during Summer Session 1, July 3 - Aug 5

Click here for more details >>
Faculty and Staff welcomes students of BSU Overnight Program

Head of Stage Management faculty Lisa Porter collaborates with Grammy award-winning Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble

More details at yo-yoma.com >>
MFA Stage Management alum Samantha Watson with MFA Stage Management alum Lauren Jungle Stage Manage Broadway Run of Significant Other

More at significantotherbroadway.com >>
MFA Scenic Design alum Christopher Acebo Scenic Designs Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum

More details at centertheatregroup.org >>
BA alum Daniel K. Isaac returns for Season 2 of "Billions"

Check it out at sho.com >>
Jenna Carino, Chris Luessmann, and Sherrice Mojgani Begin Previews for Come From Away on Broadway

Learn more at comefromaway.com >>
PhD Candidate Jason Dorwart nominated for university-wide 2016 UC San Diego Diversity Award

More details coming soon
Professor Pat Rincon one of revered recipients of The Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for 2016-2017

More details coming soon
MFA Playwriting alum Rachel Axler Nominated for Three Emmy Awards & Distinguished Alumni Award

More at UCSD News Center >>
MFA Acting Alum N'Jameh Camara and Gabriel Lawrence in The Acting Company's "Julius Caesar"

More at theactingcompany.org >>
MFA Scenic Design alum Neil Patel Production Designs on Hulu's 'The Path'

Check out Season 2 at Hulu >>
The Bitter Game at The Public's Under the Radar Festival featuring MFA Acting '16 alum Keith Wallace, directed by Playwriting faculty member Deborah Stein

Read the NY Times review >>
Read the Village Voice interview >>
UG Dance alum Natalia Valerdi-Rogers made Residency Programs Manager at Arts for Learning San Diego

More at Arts for Learning San Diego >>
MFA Acting '15 alum Toby Onwumere as Capheus in Season 2 of Netflix series Sense8

Watch now on Netflix >>
Playwriting faculty Naomi Iizuma announced as Roger S. Berlind Playwright-In-Residence at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton

More at arts.princeton.edu >>
Jeff Augustin's The Last Tiger In Haiti:
The Best in San Diego Theater in 2016

More at San Diego Union Tribune >>
Announcing our 2016-2017 Season!

Danny Burstein Wins Outer Critics Circle Award

Read more at theatermania.com >>
Los Angeles Alumni Event - May 12

MFA Acting '15 Alum Toby Onwumere joining Netflix's Sense8

Read more at deadline.com >>
MFA Stage Management '07 Alum Anjee Nero makes Broadway debut

More at brightstarmusical.com >>
Playwriting faculty, Naomi Iizuka, creating opportunities for women in theatre

MFA Acting Alum, Andrea Portes, sells rights to her book, Liberty

Summer Session 1: The New York Theatre & Dance Scene

Professor Shahrokh Yadegari's Scarlet Stone on BBC Persian

Read about it at kpbs.org >>
Acting Alum Ricardo Chavira books recurring role on Scandal

Read about it at ew.com >>
Playwriting Alum Lauren Yee wins Glickman new-play award (and takes runner up with a second play)

Read about it at sfgate.com>>
Lighting Design Alum Jason Thompson wins Kinetic Lighting Award from Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle

Read about it on broadwayworld.com >>
Playwriting alum Ron McCants selected for prestigious Disney-ABC Writing Program

Read more about it from deadline.com >>
Acting alum, Ngozi Anyanwu, wins inaugural Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize

Read about it on broadwayworld.com >>

Read about it with American Theatre>>
Acting Alum, Jiehae Park, named Princeton University Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellow

Directing Alum, Tom Quaintance, is directing the world premier of Downrange: Voices from the Homefront at Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Talking Theatre with Todd: A Tribute to Arthur Wagner

Prior to the San Diego Rep show Outside Mullingar, Directed by MFA alum & faculty member Todd Salovey, a talk about the life and contributions to San Diego theatre by Arthur Wagner will take place with MFA alum/lecturer Carla Harting and undergraduate alum Manny Fernande.

Playwriting Alum, David Jakobi's play Mai Dang Lao to receive it World Premier in Chicago

UC San Diego mourns the passing of Dr. Arthur Wagner

The Department of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego mourns the passing
of our founding chairman, Dr. Arthur Wagner. He was 92.

$1.25 Million Legacy Gift Boosts UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance

ong-time educator and arts supporter Lois Chant's legacy gift will boost the department’s efforts to continue its top-ranked theater training program.


Alumni featured in
upcoming La Jolla Playhouse season

UC San Diego-trained playwright Jeff Augustin and director Joshua Kahan Brody have been selected to present the world premiere of a new work.


Department featured in Arts & Humanities promotional video

The Division of Arts & Humanities at UC San Diego has released a promotional video that features the Department of Theatre & Dance.


Professors Lisa Porter and Kim Rubinstein pilot "Inspiring Research: Creative Strategies for Communication" workshop

The workshop was developed as part of Gradvantage, a new initiative that aims to prepare UC San Diego graduate students for careers outside of academia.


UC San Diego Theatre & Dance Image Archive

Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego maintains a robust online archive of images and materials from its past productions for people to browse through.

Visit the ImageArchive >>


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Job Postings

Associate Professor of Sound Design

THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE at UC San Diego (http://theatre.ucsd.edu) invites applications for a theater artist in Sound Design. This is an academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor level with tenure beginning Fall Quarter 2019. The successful applicant will serve as a core member of a professional design training program and is expected to participate in all facets of the department life, including mentorship and supervision of MFA designers’ production work, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, recruitment, curricular planning within the design area, and participation in discussions of departmental production seasons. The appointee will be expected to bring continuing innovation to the teaching of sound design. In order to advance in the professorial series, the candidate must continually and effectively engage in research and/or creative activity of high quality and significance along with excellence in teaching and university service.

Required Qualifications:
Applicant should possess an MFA or equivalent professional experience in sound design; a history of productions at the national level; evidence of teaching potential or teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate courses such as Intro-Advanced Sound Design, Sound Systems Design, and Digital Audio Processing. The ideal applicant will have strong or potential accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:
The preferred applicant will have additional expertise in any of the following areas: music composition, audio engineering, cultural origins of sound, interactive performance technologies for sound design, contemporary practices in dance sonification.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications based on University of California pay scales.

Deadline: Review of completed applications will begin November 30, 2018 or until the position is filled.

Applicants are asked to submit all application materials electronically via UCSD’s online Recruit system at:

UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity.

Lecturers of Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance, within the Division of Arts & Humanities at UC San Diego, is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body. We are seeking applicants for temporary lecturer position(s) in theatre and dance disciplines for the 2018-19 academic year. Appointment(s) may be for 1 or more quarters based upon the teaching needs of the department and funding availability.

Qualified candidates will possess an MFA, PhD or equivalent professional experience; will have at least three years of teaching experience or specialized field expertise in the theatre or dance discipline; and strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion and a desire to play a role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Interested applicants should submit application materials to our online recruit system at:

Applications will be reviewed periodically as teaching needs arise. UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity.

Academic Personnel and HR Analyst

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

Applies professional UC Academic HR concepts, organization and / or system wide policies, and procedures to provide guidance to supervisors and managers to resolve a variety of academic human resources issues of moderate scope and complexity.

Must be able to manage workload and work overtime as needed.

Basic knowledge of and ability to apply / interpret organization and college policies and procedures which govern academic HR.

Knowledge of organization, college and departmental formal and informal policies and procedures and understanding of variances to stated policies.

Knowledge of human resources management systems and other related business software programs and systems.

Knowledge of unit academic culture and educational goals of discipline(s) served.

Analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations to Chairs / unit management.

Demonstrated organization, problem solving, and communication skills.

Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Interested applicants should submit application materials to our online recruit system at:

Applications will be reviewed periodically as teaching needs arise. UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity.


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