Scope and Objectives

The Department of Theater offers comprehensive training for the profession, including study of theater’s long history and rich literature. Drawing on this vibrant heritage, the curriculum promotes an awareness of theater as a global practice embodying the contributions of diverse cultures and explores theater and performance as a form for reflecting the human experience. Students engage in theatrical performance in a community where creativity and critical thought combine in the exploration of the artistic and intellectual challenges inherent in theater making.

Manifesting talent and promise as well as representing a wide range of backgrounds and interests, prospective students are selected by the faculty through auditions and interviews in cities throughout the U.S.

At the undergraduate level, students receive education in acting, design and production, directing, formal and textual analysis, musical theater, performance studies, and playwriting, all within the rigorous liberal arts framework of the BA degree. The department also offers a Theater minor.

At the graduate level, students in the MFA program develop as artists and are given preprofessional training in the skills of theater, while PhD students engage in critical investigations of performance broadly understood. In conjunction with their theater studies, students also have the opportunity to pursue elective courses in the area of film, digital media, and television, and, schedules allowing, take graduate courses from across UCLA.

For current or specific information about the programs and faculty members, see the department website.