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The class of '20 runs fearlessly into the future. Photo: Jim CarmodyThe class of '20 running fearlessly into the future. Photo: Jim Carmody.

Mission Statement

UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance trains the next generation of artists and scholars who will reimagine the way we interpret our world through the performing arts.

We cultivate bold, highly talented artists capable of thriving in a variety of professional contexts.

Our faculty and students represent a wide range of theatrical and dance traditions and methodologies. We encourage diversity to create work that speaks to our historical moment.

We foster a community in which artists and scholars can realize their full potential.

Production is at the core of our training program. It is the laboratory where we experiment, energize, and explore. Actors, choreographers, directors, designers, playwrights, dramaturgs and stage managers develop their skills by working on full-scale productions while being mentored by distinguished artists.

Our goal is to inspire artists and scholars with a depth of knowledge and a breadth of practice who will become leaders in the field.