(College of Letters & Science)
David Grenke, Chairperson of the Department
Department Office. 101 Art Building; 530-752-0888; Fax 530-752-8818; http://arts.ucdavis.edu/theatre-dance
The A.B. degree in Theatre & 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.
Production Requirements. All students completing a major in Theatre & Dance must participate in productions, including work in at least two of the following three areas: acting/dance; design (scenic, costume, lighting, painting, props, sound); directing/playwriting/stage management, as well as crew assignments for a minimum of two productions and work in production labs.
Graduate Study. The Department of Theatre & Dance offers programs of study and research leading to the M.F.A. in Theatre and Dance (the interdisciplinary weaving of acting, directing, design, choreography and practice and research) and contributing to the Graduate Group Ph.D. in Performance Studies. Detailed information may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Program Administrators: for the M.F.A. in Dramatic Art, 530-752-8710, and for the Graduate Group in Performance Studies, 530-754-6973.