The B.A. degree in Theatre Arts & Dance is a 4-year program that includes all aspects of Theatre and Dance - acting, dance technique, writing, design, directing, choreography, stage managment, producing and more. It’s a rigorous and intensive program with small classes and many opportunities for interaction and collaboration with faculty and guest artists.
Each year the Department produces a wide-range of productions and events, from contemporary dramas, to classical productions, musical theatre and new works. Students have the opportunity to work on a variety of stages, from the intimate black box Arena Theatre, to the larger proscenium State Playhouse. Both Theatre and Dance perform yearly in the Intimate Theatre at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.PHOTO: The Wall: A Musical Misdeed A multimedia production, based on the existentialist short story by Jean Paul Sartre; music by Department Chair John M. Kennedy, and libretto by MFA graduate student Alicia Tycer; directed by Cal State LA Professor Tanya Kane-Parry. January 2014
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Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF): The Department of MTD annually participates in KCACTF's regional festival. Students participate in the Irene Ryans Acting Competition, as well as the the Design and Technology Exhibition, Student Director Fellowships, Dramaturgy Competitions, Playwriting Awards and attend workshops, perform in new plays and attend productions presented from other universities in the region.
United States Institute for Theatre Technlogy (USITT): Each year the Department sponsors several Design, Technical and/or Management students as they travel to and participate in the Annual Conference.
LA Stage Alliance's LA Stage Day: Music, Theatre and Dance hosted this Los Angeles professional theatrical association’s annual 2015 and 2016 day-long event on our campus. Student volunteers have had the chance to meet local professional directors, producers, actors, playwrights and companies. We look forward to their return in 2017!
Students are encouraged to participate and collaborate on projects in the Department of Television, Film and Media (TVFM) as well as in projects in the new MFA in Television, Film and Theatre, to expand their skills developed in theatre and live performance to that of on-camera, new media and web applications.
John Lion New Plays Festival: every other year, under the leadership and mentorship of renowned playwright, Professor José Cruz González, student-written plays are developed and then directed by invited professional directors for full main-stage premieres.
Students4Students: Throughout the year, students produce and present student-driven productions, from new works to established plays. This ASI student organization receives annual funding from the University, and also does fund-raising events to support these student activities.
Workshops are announced via the Department Yahoo Groups, so be sure to join these groups.