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2020-2021 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2020-2021 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Theatre and Dance

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Hayward Hills Campus MapDepartment Office located in the 2nd Floor of the Robinson Hall building, Room 220
Open hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Dept. Phone: (510) 885-3118


Professors Emeriti

Marc Jacobs, M.F.A. California State University, Long Beach

Rhoda Helfman Kaufman, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley


Darryl V. Jones, M.F.A. The Boston University School of Theatre Arts

Ann Fajilan, M.F.A. University of California, Davis

Nina O. Haft, M.F.A. University of Wisconsin

Eric Kupers (Interim Chair), M.F.A. University of California, Davis

Assistant Professor

Richard Olmsted, M.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University


Mission Statement

Theatre and Dance, as performing arts, provide a spark that transforms a person into a lifelong student. Across the campus we offer opportunities for participation both in production and in critical examination that help students to discover, accept, and express themselves as active, enlightened persons, and to know and appreciate the work and values of others. To succeed in their performances, students master world history as well as the theories of art and esthetics by use of the everyday practices of the liberal arts, including research, writing, figuring, reasoning, and experimentation. They learn practical, usable skills. Students experience the problems of making choices while on stage and off. They learn to recognize the connection between art and life, as well as to discover their own capacities to make choices as citizens, as creators of art, and as directors of their lives.

About the Department

Use our university website link to learn more about what the Theatre and Dance Department has to offer.

  • School of Arts and Media
  • Degree Roadmaps
  • Auditions
  • Performance Fusion
  • Performance Season
  • Anyone Can Get Involved (open casting)
  • Alumni
  • Social Media Links
  • And more…


    Bachelor of Arts



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