In the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley (TDPS), we understand performance to be a mode of critical inquiry, a means of a creative expression, and a vehicle for public engagement. Located in School of the Arts and Humanities within the College of Letters and Science at one of the world’s great universities, the TDPS faculty, students, and staff pursue a wide spectrum of research and production activities.
The TDPS faculty is nationally and internationally known both for its scholarly research and for its artistic work in design, directing, choreography, acting, and experimental performance. Our curriculum ranges from the classics to the contemporary; it cuts across theatrical, dance, and visual art forms; it spans all corners of the globe, using the site of performance to deepen UC Berkeley’s critical education in the humanities.
TDPS offers a major and a minor in “Theater and Performance Studies” and “Dance and Performance Studies” as well as a “Ph.D. in Performance Studies.” Each year, the Department presents between four and six productions in our Main Stage Season, as well as a Workshop Season of smaller productions. Throughout the year, we also sponsor a variety of symposia, lectures, and master classes, featuring visiting luminaries in the fields of theater, dance, film, and performance studies.