Will you support TDPS with a tax-deductible end-of-year gift?

A note about end of year giving: 
Thank you for considering TDPS for a tax-deductible yearend gift. Please see below for information about how to give online or by check. Checks postmarked in 2017 and received by January 5, 2018 will be credited to 2017. If you have any questions about a yearend gift, please contact Department Manager Sandy Richmond at sandyjbr@berkeley.edu or her office line at 510-642-9755. As the TDPS office will be closed from noon on December 22-January 1, email will yield a faster response. 


From the Chair:

We are living in a divisive time. Every day there is some new example of communication breaking down. During such a time, it is tempting to only seek out voices that affirm our own sense of the world. Here in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, we challenge ourselves to see things differently.

Theater, dance, and performance have a unique power at this time. Through the performing arts, we find common ground from which to better understand ourselves and others. We allow diverse voices to be heard and witnessed. We build a community that collaboratively responds to a changing world.  

At TDPS, we are not only training the next generation of artists, designers, and scholars, but also shaping a generation of empathetic, engaged citizens who understand the value of arts in society. We have an important role to play.

TDPS tackles challenges with positive action. When the merit of the arts is questioned, we affirm the power of performance to create profound social impact. As our facilities reveal their age and limitations, we are engaged in a master planning process in collaboration with campus leaders. Since UC Berkeley departments are increasingly asked to shoulder larger financial responsibilities, we are expanding our course offerings to generate additional income streams that support our mission and our students. We currently serve more than 5,000 students annually, and this number is growing as we increase our summer and online offerings.

We have set a course that continues our current level of excellence and builds for our future, and we want you at our side. Will you join us by supporting TDPS today with a gift that is meaningful to you?

Any amount, from $50 to $5,000, will help us continue our forward momentum and enable us to provide scholarships, support the distinguished faculty and diverse visiting artists that engage our students, produce a wide variety of productions that offer students unparalleled hand-on learning, and much more.

Together, our collective efforts make TDPS a home where students become inspired, creative, and collaborative arts innovators and human beings.

Thank you for your generous support.
Lisa Wymore, Chair 


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Make checks payable to UC Berkeley Foundation 
Mail to:
TDPS Annual Fund
Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
University of California, Berkeley
15 Dwinelle
Berkeley, CA 94720-2560


There are a variety of ways to support the work of TDPS. Every gift, no matter the size, is valuable and appreciated.

  • Annual FundProviding yearly support to our operating budget through the generous donations of supporters of TDPS, the Annual Fund supports artist residencies, visiting scholars, special workshops/lectures, and professional development coaching for students. The Annual Fund also helps support the smaller class sizes necessary to develop artistic and expressive skills in young artists and thinkers.
  • David Wood EndowmentThe David Wood Endowment provides a base of support for TDPS  in perpetuity. Income generated from the fund helps to underwrite dance program expenses above and beyond the annual dance budget.The endowment was established to honor David Wood and the dedication with which he and Marni Thomas Wood worked to establish the dance program here at UC Berkeley.
  • In-kind Kindness – As we host receptions, donor gatherings, student celebrations and holiday parties throughout the year, we are always grateful for “in-kind” donations of food, drink, or party-hosting.
  • Planned Gifts – By making a gift in your will or estate plans, you can show your support and appreciation for TDPS’s mission, while accommodating your personal and philanthropic goals. If you are interested in making a planned gift, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 510-642-6300 or ogp@berkeley.edu.