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Theatre and Dance

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Our diverse faculty includes artists and scholars of national and international renown, including award-winning directors and designers. 

The department includes over 120 undergraduate students majoring in dramatic art, 40-45 graduate students pursuing an M.F.A. in dramatic art or a Ph.D. in Performance Studies, as well as five to 10 visiting professional artists and teachers each quarter. This mix of college students, mid-career professionals, and seasoned theater practitioners and scholars provides a dynamic environment for learning, experimentation, and growth. It offers a diverse, supportive community for all of its members.

Our diverse faculty includes artists and scholars of national and international renown, including award-winning directors and designers. 

The department includes over 120 undergraduate students majoring in dramatic art, 40-45 graduate students pursuing an M.F.A. in dramatic art or a Ph.D. in Performance Studies, as well as five to 10 visiting professional artists and teachers each quarter. This mix of college students, mid-career professionals, and seasoned theater practitioners and scholars provides a dynamic environment for learning, experimentation, and growth. It offers a diverse, supportive community for all of its members.

The Granada Artist-in-Residence Program, a unique cooperative program with Granada Television of London, annually brings three distinguished theater artists to the department to teach and create a performance work with UC Davis students. Granada artists have included playwright Mark Ravenhill, an associate of London’s National Theatre, acclaimed choreographer Qudus Onikeku, and internationally known theater and opera director Irina Brown.

Department Faculty, Visiting Artists and Faculty, Emeritus Faculty and Teaching Assistants are all listed on the People page.

The season calendar and production schedule are handled by the Production Manager, who also supervises technical and publicity staff. A full complement of technical staff—scenic construction shop, costume shop, lighting, audio and facilities—carries out all aspects of physical production for the student, faculty and visiting artist productions in the department, aided by paid student assistants, student company managers and house managers. Theatre and Dance publicity and marketing staff handle outreach on and off campus.

Administrative support is provided by the Arts Administrative Group staff.

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