Why Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies?
Gain Transferable, Interdisciplinary Skills
TDPS students are well prepared for the future, both as artists and engaged citizens of the world. The flexibility and integration of curriculum makes our graduates excellent candidates for a variety of professions in the social, corporate, legal, and arts sectors as well for admission to graduate programs in the arts and in professional schools. We are proud of the ways our graduates have used their critical and expressive skills toward successful careers as professional artists in dance, theater, and experimental performance as well as in law, advertising, human resources, publishing, radio, technology, social work, and in all aspects of for-profit and non-profit administration.
Map Your Own Course of Study
While majoring or minoring in Dance and Performance Studies or Theater and Performance Studies, students can develop their own focus areas and pursue a broad range of disciplines encompassing performance practice, technical production, design, critical performance studies, and more. Outside of TDPS, students can take courses in over 100 academic programs and departments, including top-ranked programs in English, history, art history, sociology, and political science.
Benefit from Small Class Size
TDPS is committed to keeping its theater, dance, and technical training courses to 20 students or fewer in a conservatory model. Although performance studies courses may be larger due to their lecture format, they are often connected with smaller discussion sections of 20 students or fewer. Campuswide, UC Berkeley has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17.8 to 1.
Learn Beyond the Classroom & Make Professional Connections
In addition to 60+ performing arts groups on Berkeley's campus, TDPS students have access to countless performances and audition opportunities, internships and apprenticeships, workshops, artists' talks, and much more throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The city of Berkeley itself has more than 100 cultural arts organizations. Our faculty and staff are involved in numerous local companies and theaters, such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, ACT, Crowded Fire Theater, ODC, and Joe Goode Performance Group.
"I left Cal and TDPS feeling full. I knew something about Shakespeare and Greek tragedies, Martha Graham, Augusto Boal, myself as an artist and a thinker. I had a relationship to my moving body that was positive and brimming with curiosity. The world was clearer because of my education. And I had connections with people that would serve me in my future. A degree from Cal opens doors."
— James Graham, TDPS Alumnus & Dance Lecturer