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The University of San Diego Department of Theatre

The Department of Theatre at USD offers both a Major and Minor in Theatre, as well as core curriculum courses. An audition is not required in order to become a major or minor. Our program frames theatre within the liberal arts environment as a holistic educational experience, through integrated practical and theoretical study. We offer broad-based theatre training and learning in the following areas: Performance, Scenography, Theatrical Production, Playwriting, and Performance Studies.

We encourage students to explore the relationship of performance to social and cultural practices, both viscerally and intellectually. Seizing the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations – with other departments, colleges, schools, centers and institutes in the USD community – is a hallmark of our pedagogical approach.

In addition to our professionally active faculty, we engage renowned theatre practitioners who mentor our students by serving as directors, designers, guest speakers, and/or special topic workshop leaders throughout the academic year. Through a typical course of study at USD, a Theatre student will cultivate a broad range of skills – which empower and inspire critical thinking, creative engagement, effective communication, and generous collaboration – enhancing life options and diversifying employability.

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