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performers raise their arms to bow to an audienceVieux Carré (2017) Photo: Jim Carmody.



Your Help Ensures the Show Does Go On...

"It's no exaggeration to say that I would not have a Tony award sitting above my desk right now had I chosen to train elsewhere. UC San Diego provided me with invaluable opportunities and connections in addition to the skills, confidence and artistic growth that allowed me to fully seize those opportunities.”

Paloma Young, M.F.A. ’06, costume designer
Recipient of a 2012 Tony award for her work on Peter and the Starcatcher

Support Theatre + Dance's Performing Arts Endowment

Student productions in the school’s Theatre + Dance department are integrally tied to curriculum: Hands-on, collaborative work provides a fertile environment for students to make significant contributions on all aspects of a production, from lighting and sound design to acting, dance, directing and choreography.

Thanks to their experience in student productions and the training they receive, our alumni make significant contributions in film, television, Broadway, off-Broadway and at major regional theatres. Your help is critically needed to help continue the valuable training experience students need, including funding actual productions and associated program expenses.

UC San Diego is considered one of the top five graduate theatre training programs in the country, offering MFA degrees in acting, design, directing, playwriting, stage management, and dance as well as a PhD in theatre. Private support will ensure that students can continue to collaborate through student productions, and add artistically to the field.

Please consider making a gift to the Performing Arts Endowment. Together, we can ensure that the show does go on.

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Watch alumni describe the lasting impact of UC San Diego's Department of Theatre + Dance: