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UC San Diego / Theatre and Dance:
Imaginative • Eclectic • Interdisciplinary

UC San Diego Theatre and Dance has been one of the top-ranked theatre programs in the country for more than a decade. Graduate training is purposefully imaginative, eclectic, and interdisciplinary. We do not believe there can be—or should be—one approach to making work. Thirty-four permanent and forty-two part-time faculty mentor two hundred undergraduate majors and minors, sixty MFA students, and a dozen PhD students each year. Our faculty are continually engaged at the highest professional levels, creating dance and theatre work in over one hundred theatres in sixteen different countries. Our Theatre District houses one of the most technically advanced and flexible performance facilities in the country, including a building devoted exclusively to Dance Theatre.

We produce 15 productions annually, including the Baldwin New Play Festival, created for the development of new plays. Students create in six fully equipped theatres of different configurations and audience capacities and five performance-sized rehearsal halls. The Department shares these facilities, shops and staff with the Tony award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, and MFA candidates receive professional residencies there after their second year. The department and the La Jolla Playhouse have collaborated closely for more than two decades; LJP fully supports the Department’s commitment to developing new artists and new work, both here and abroad.

For an expanded description of the faculty, visiting guest artists, outstanding alumni, courses, and productions in all areas please visit our website at