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Department of Theater and Dance

  • Actors in rehearsal for A Medusa Thread at UC Santa Barbara
    LAUNCH PAD presents a new take on a fierce mythological character
  • Performers from UCSB dance and opera with puppets for 'The Magic Flute'
    Departments of Music, Theater/Dance team on unique, puppet-filled production of Mozart’s beloved opera
  • Kinetic Lab to jump start season with return to live dance concerts
  • UCSB’s LAUNCH PAD in collaboration with Colorado company to perform staged reading of “Yellowstone”
  • Naked Shakes to perform Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” live and outdoors
  • Theater and Dance, Isla Vista Arts to present 17th-century “Life Is a Dream” in 21st-century Zoom
  • Theater and Dance to present Qui Nguyen’s funny, poignant “She Kills Monsters” via Zoom
  • The Department of Theater and Dance centers diverse voices in new festival of original plays
  • Jak Watson as Leonard Jeffries in "Fires in the Mirror'
    Theater and Dance to perform Anna Deavere Smith’s ‘Fires in the Mirror’ play on Brooklyn incident
  • Collaborations with National New Play Network to produce reading series of six new plays
  • Lecturer, artist and Native Launchpad award recipient brook smiley to present “Re:Forming,” a live-stream performance
  • Octavius, Brutus, Cassius, Enobarbus, Immortal Longings
    Naked Shakes to perform ‘Immortal Longings,’ an adaption of Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar,’ ‘Antony and Cleopatra’
  • Alone Together, playwrights
    LAUNCH PAD’s “Alone, Together” collection of 39 Zoom-friendly plays published as resource for theaters across nation
  • LAUNCH PAD assembles 24 playwrights for a Zoom-friendly performance in four parts
  • Drama professor Risa Brainin is inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre
  • The theater and dance department presents Molière’s 17th-century comedy
  • Playwright Lauren Yee’s "slasher comedy" opens at the Performing Arts Center
  • The fall dance concert explores questions about inclusivity, self-definition and communal responsibility
    Fall dance concert explores questions of inclusivity, self-definition and communal responsibility
  • Theater and dance department’s fall productions tackle issues of truth, forgiveness and racial divisions
    Theater and dance department’s fall productions tackle issues of truth, forgiveness and racial divisions
  • A new play examines the true story of China’s secret AIDS epidemic and the woman who exposed it
  • Naked Shakes production reveals how “The Winter’s Tale” resonates today
  • Somatic movement conference focuses on embodiment and brain research, with an indigenous education element
  • Department of Theater and Dance stages a production of "Into the Beautiful North"
  • Playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig receives a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship
  • International dance colloquium addresses issues of race and racism in American classical ballet
  • Santa Barbara Dance Theater opens its 2019 season with a program of premieres and guest artists
  • Fall Quarter brings a fresh complement of art, music, film and more
  • Hamlet, Naked Shakes
    UC Santa Barbara’s Naked Shakes theater company to perform “Hamlet” with a woman as the Prince of Denmark
  • The play “ ‘A’ ” Train, created by UCSB scholars, wins top honors at United Solo Awards in New York
  • We have a winner: Mathematician Nancy Scherich takes first place honors in Science magazine competition
  • Lydia by David Bazemore
    Jody and John Arnhold ‘75 endow a production fund for UCSB theater and dance, securing its programs for generations to come
  • Theater scholars bring one-woman show to the United Solo Festival and shine a light on the complexities of autism
  • UCSB’s fall season features an inspiring and diverse mix of artistic gems
  • UCSB’s production of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” gives its director the opportunity to realize a dream of 50 years
  • A look inside the acting program in UCSB's Department of Theater and Dance
    A look inside the acting program in UCSB's Department of Theater and Dance
    Fostering creativity, confidence and scholarship, UCSB’s robust theater program is a tough act to follow
  • Santa Barbara Dance Theater, UCSB’s resident professional dance company, presents NOW/EVER/MORE
  • Creative masters of film, music, dance and more will visit the UC Santa Barbara campus during new arts season
  • Panama Viejo convent
    High-tech, digital set design brings Verdi’s “Macbeth” to life in the 400-year-old remains of a convent in Panama
  • Cast of UCSB's production of Lydia
    With “Lydia,” director Irwin Appel and seven student actors explore family and the impact of secrets made public
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company to produce a UCSB playwright’s adaptation of a 13th-century Chinese play
  • An interdepartmental collaboration celebrating three pioneers of postmodern dance anchors UCSB’s winter arts season
  • UCSB's fall season spotlights new talent as well as alumni inspiring the next generation of creators.
  • Risa Brainin, Joyce Carol Oates
    Author Joyce Carol Oates to collaborate with UCSB’s LAUNCH PAD to present public reading of her play ‘Bad Touch’
  • UCSB’s LAUNCH PAD to preview ‘We Want the Funk’ by Idris Goodwin
  • Salmyra Raiza is Ophelia and Jack Hayes is Hamlet in the UCSB theater and dance department’s production of “Too Much Water”
    Department of Theater and Dance production explores the role of “good girls” through the ages
  • Santa Barbara Dance Theater ... and Friends
    UCSB’s professional dance company presents works by guest choreographers Joshua Beamish and Emily Schoen
  • 10 questions with UCSB theater professor and director Irwin Appel
  • Maze of Grace group shot
    Nearing retirement, UCSB dance professor and choreographer Jerry Pearson stages one last show of his work
  • Greg Mitchell temple survey
    UCSB theater professor Greg Mitchell works in Nepal to help produce the first-ever opera to debut in the country
  • UCSB’s Naked Shakes to perform ‘The Death of Kings’ — all eight of Shakespeare’s histories adapted into two plays
  • Heather Stanford leads a workshop on Shakespeare at Santa Ynez High School.
    Heather Stanford leads a workshop on Shakespeare at Santa Ynez High School.
    UCSB lecturer gets high school students to learn about Shakespeare the way it was meant to be experienced
  • Thomas Fant, Santa Barbara Dance Theater
    Santa Barbara Dance Theater celebrates its 40th year with a season of fresh works by artistic directors past and present
  • The UCSB Department of Theater and Dance presents its annual Fall Dance Concert
  • The Department of Theater and Dance opens its 2015-16 season with a groundbreaking and provocative work by America’s premiere African-American female playwright.

  • UCSB talk by renowned dance historian and critic Lynn Garafola will focus on Ballets Russes choreographer Bronislava Nijinska
  • The play’s the thing at UCSB, and so are dance, music and art as a new academic year begins
  • Eight histories by William Shakespeare converge in an epic two-play adaptation performed by UCSB’s Naked Shakes
  • Playwrights join the UCSB community as artists in residence for a summer course
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    It’s a heady cocktail of mistaken identity, young love, hilariously dated elders, high style and pithy commentary.

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