Our performance spaces include Main Theatre, Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, Arena Theatre, Laboratory Theatre A, and the Nelson Hall Dance Studio. Students may also experience the thrill of working at Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts where the adaptable Vanderhoef Studio Theatre seats 250 and Jackson Hall offers a state-of-the-art 1,800-seat proscenium theater.
The Peter J. Shields Library, with more than 2.6 million volumes, is ranked among the top research libraries in the country. The special collections in the performing arts—especially in experimental theatre—are impressive, comprising more than 650 linear feet of materials. Holdings range from the Ballantine papers, chronicling the development of the Provincetown Players, to the archives of the Living Theatre, which from the mid-twentieth century advocated anarchy and radical social change.
A costume rental service operated by the UC Davis Costume Shop, The Enchanted Cellar provides year-round costume rentals. The shop offers more Halloween selections than ever before and special hours for costume viewing and fittings.