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The Theatre and Dance Major Program

The Department of Theatre and dance facilities are complemented by an excellent faculty and production staff three times a year, as well as the Granada-Artist-in-Residence program, which brings a major director, choreographer or playwright to the department three times a year. The faculty includes a group of distinguished scholars in history, theory and criticism whose research and teaching focuses on social engagement and activism. Students, both majors and non-majors, can audition for department productions or apply to the Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance to do related work.

The A.B. degree in Theatre and Dance provides students with an appreciation for an understanding of performance and its role in culture and society. The program offers a strong foundation in all aspects of drama, theatre, dance performance, and production. Students build significant skills in specific areas (including acting, directing, choreography, design, playwriting and devising, production skills and management) as well as achieving a broad knowledge of theatre and dance.

Productions and Facilities. Each year's schedule includes opportunities to work with professional directors and choreographers in three Granada Artists-in-Residence productions; the Main Stage Dance/Theatre Productions; Film Festival at UC Davis; projects generated through the Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance; and workshops and performance projects developed by M.F.A and Ph.D. students. These productions are staged in our proscenium (Main), thrust (Wyatt), black box (Arena), performance studio (Della Davidson Performance Studio)) and intimate laboratory theatre (Lab A), as well as in the Mondavi Center's Vanderhoef Studio Theatre and Jackson Hall. These productions are part of the academic program of the department and serve an important purpose in the study of theatre and dance. Participation is open to all students.

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