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Everybody Black by Dave Harris MFA '20 (2019). Photo: Manuel Rotenberg.

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The latest from the depatment of Theatre +  Dance.

 MFA Playwriting Virtual Information Session

a man and a TV with the Scarecrow from Wizard of OZ on screenFriday, October 29 @2pm on Zoom

The MFA Playwriting program will be holding a virtual information session on October 29th from 2pm-3pm. This is designed for the prospective students applying for the Fall 2022 application cycle.

To join the session, click the Zoom link:



Winter Shows Meetup a man and a TV with the Scarecrow from Wizard of OZ on screen

Friday, October 22 @ 5PM on Zoom.

This meetup will serve as an informal way for those interested in auditioning for winter productions to meet the directors, hear about their visions, and ask questions. We highly encourage you to attend if you plan on auditioning for winter shows. 

To join the session, click the Zoom link:


Important Dates - Auditions for Winter 2022 Shows 
  • Winter Shows Zoom Meet-Up: Week 4, Friday, 10/22, 5pm 
    • *This Meet & Greet will be a chance to learn more about the Winter Productions from Directors!*
  • First Round General Video Submission DeadlineWeek 5, Monday, 10/25, 6pm
  • Callback Lists shared with actors: Week 6, Monday, 11/1 by 5pm
  • Callbacks: Week 7, Monday, 11/ 8, 4-10pm (MFA Grad Actors start at 5pm)

 FALL LABS Pitch Meeting

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Interested in learning more about FALL LABS

Pitch Night is an open-mic style night of lab pitches. If you’re interested in participating in a lab but don’t know who to do it with, or need some more structure for your ideas, join us for a night of pitching our ideas to each other, with snacks outside after! You can pitch an idea for a lab you want to do and need participants for, you can pitch yourself as an actor, director, designer, stage manager, or whatever you want to do, or anything else you can think of relating to labs. You’ll have up to 5 minutes to give your pitch, but you don’t have to use all of it. It doesn’t need to be a fully thought out proposal, this is just a time to talk about what you’re interested in doing and see if there are any lab opportunities for you!

  • When: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH, 4:30-6:00 PM PST
  • Where: Galbraith 144 (masks are required for in-person events)
  • To attend, please fill out this form

Dance Meet & Greet

a man and a TV with the Scarecrow from Wizard of OZ on screenInterested in learning more about Dance @ UCSD? 

 The Dance Meet & Greet is a virtual meet & greet / Q&A event for dance majors, minors, prospective students, or anyone interested in dance! We will meet for an hour on Zoom to talk about the dance department, plans for the year, and anything else relating to dance. If you have any questions relating to the dance department, we’d be happy to answer them. We hope to see you there! 

CoisCéim Dance Theatre's UNCLE RAY by David Bolger

Presented by ArtPower

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Don't miss this livestream premiere, October 10 at 12:00pm.

UNCLE RAY takes audiences back to 1970s Dublin where as a young boy, David grew up with stories about his magnificent Uncle Ray—whose career took him from vaudeville, to Broadway and then the glitz of Hollywood, eventually playing one of the most famous characters of all time: the Scarecrow. The wonders of reality, imagination and family lore collide in this touching new dance duet by David Bolger.


Click here for tickets and more information. 

Click here to watch the trailer. 

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Be a part of the T+D 21-22 Season!

Upcoming Auditions for Fall 2021 THEATRE Shows:

  • First Round General Video Submissions Deadline: Week 0, Thursday, September 23, by 9am PST
  • Callbacks: Week 1, Monday, September 27th, 5-10pm PST

See the Audition Timeline for the season posted in THE VAULT (the department’s information sharing platform which you can access from the homepage).


Upcoming Auditions for Fall 2021 DANCE Shows:

Instructor Patricia 'Patty" Huerta will be teaching STUDIES IN PERFORMANCE, a dancemaking class affiliated with the Fall Dance Production.

Check out our season HERE.

Stay tuned to your UCSD email for information via the listservs.

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Welcome Week 2021/22 

September 23
1-2pm PDT
Virtual Event -visit to learn more.

 Coming in fall quarter: a virtual celebration of the beginning of the 2021/22 school year. Join several departments under the Arts and Humanities umbrella in welcoming the freshman class and learning more about campus arts organizations, departments, and student arts organizations. Produced by ArtPower.

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Events Welcoming New Tritons 

September 8 - 25
Various Times
View Full event calendar here

Triton Weeks of Welcome (TWOW) is the official welcome period for new & returning students to UC San Diego. Join us this year as we (re) introduce you to UC San Diego and all the exciting changes to campus. Don’t miss residential move-in events, Convocation, Triton Fest, Meet the Beach, orientations, and much more! Check out the calendar of events on #UCSDTWOW

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Upcoming Performances

Patrons: find out what's playing in our season.

View the season

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Production Calendar

Collaborators: view tech and performance schedules on the up-to-date production calendar.

View the calendar

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Calendar

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion calendar of events.

View the calendar

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The Vault

Theatre + Dance documents and resources

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2020/21 News Stories

2020/21 News


Danny Burstein MFA '90 wins Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for role in MOULIN ROUGE


Dr. Jade Power-Sotomayor wins 2021 Gertrude Lippincott Award for best English-language scholarly Dance Studies article. 


Many Theatre + Dance community members participate in San Diego Rep's Latinx New Play Festival


Dr. Sam Aros Mitchell '21 accepts joint Post-Doctoral research position at Arizona State University's Center for Immigration in the Borderlands  and the Department of English.


MFA alumna Jesca Prudencio profiled in article about her piece in La Jolla Playhouse's 2021 WOW Festival. 


Performance Studies Professor Jade Power-Sotomayor is awarded Hellman Fellowship for faculty excellence


Stewart Blackwood MFA '22 develops app with Center Theatre Group for LA-based immersive sound walk


Preston Choi MFA '23 named Sideshow Theatre's Artist-in-Residence


 Ankita Raturi MFA '23 receives inaugural APAFT & AAP playwriting commission


A reading of Ali Viterbi's (MFA '20) play IN EVERY GENERATION will appear in San Diego Rep's JFest; students and alums participate


Tambo & Bones by Dave Harris MFA '20 will appear in Playwrights Horizons' upcoming season; first produced at 2018 Wagner New Play Festival.


Stage Management professor Lisa Porter and colleague and co-author, Yale Professor Narda E. Alcorn profiled in New York Times article titled "A Call to Diversify Those Calling Cues"


Three MFA playwriting alums headline Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 5 Directors 5 Plays staged reading series.

MFA alums Cody Sloan (actor), Brad Fleischer (actor) and Ngozichukwuka Anyanwu (playwright) feature in critically lauded immersive theatre piece Seven Deadly Sins, produced by Moisés Kaufman's Tectonic Theatre Company.

Professor Jennifer Chang helms Chalk Rep's Chalk Lines, an immersive theatrical audio experience featuring many MFA and undergraduate alums.

UC San Diego Department of Theatre + Dance named #5 in Hollywood Reporter's yearly ranking of world's drama schools.

Stew by MFA alumna Zora Howard is a Pulitzer Prize finalist in drama

Cygnet Theatre announces UCSD playwriting partnership - Keiko Green MFA '22 will be first participant.

Directing Professor Vanessa Stalling opens exciting new streaming production of Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912) at the Court Theatre in Chicago.

MFA student Keiko Green and MFA alumnus Dave Harris will participate in Eugene O'Neill's 2021 National Playwright's conference.

Stage Management Professor Lisa Porter presents with colleague Narda E. Alcorn (Yale) and MFA stage management alumna Kamra Jacobs at the Broadway Stage Management Symposium

MFA alumna Lauren Yee's Cambodia Rock Band will be one of the first national touring productions of post-pandemic season.


News Stories Archive

 2020 and earlier

Top rankings for Department BA and MFA Acting programs by the Hollywood Reporter
Read about the BA ranking >>
Read about the MFA ranking >>
MFA Acting Alumnus Toby Onwumere Stars in Season 2 of Sense8. Check out Sense8 Season 2's trailer >>

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

Danny Burstein Wins Outer Critics Circle Award. Read more at >>
Los Angeles Alumni Event - May 12.
Playwriting faculty, Naomi Iizuka, creating opportunities for women in theatre. Read more >>
MFA Acting Alum, Andrea Portes, sells rights to her book, Liberty. Read more >>
Summer Session 1: The New York Theatre & Dance Scene. Read more >>
Professor Shahrokh Yadegari's Scarlet Stone on BBC Persian. Read about it at >>
Acting Alum Ricardo Chavira books recurring role on Scandal. Read about it at >>
Playwriting Alum Lauren Yee wins Glickman new-play award (and takes runner up with a second play). Read about it at>>
Lighting Design Alum Jason Thompson wins Kinetic Lighting Award from Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Read about it on >>
Playwriting alum Ron McCants selected for prestigious Disney-ABC Writing Program. Read more about it from >>
Acting alum, Ngozi Anyanwu, wins inaugural Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize. Read about it on >>
Read about it with American Theatre>>

Acting Alum, Jiehae Park, named Princeton University Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellow. Read more >>
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. Read more >>
C 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.


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