Our Mission

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression, and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making, and public programming.

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About the Department

Located in the Division of Arts and Humanities within the College of Letters and Science at one of the world’s great universities, TDPS faculty, students, and staff pursue a wide spectrum of research and production activities.

TDPS faculty members are nationally and internationally known both for their scholarly research and for their 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 nascent student work. 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.