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2021-2022 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2021-2022 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Theatre and Dance

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Department 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

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

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

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

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



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

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


Assistant Professor

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


Adjunct Faculty

Ulises Alcala, M.F.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Laura Elaine Ellis, B.A., Mills College

Courtney Flores, M.F.A., San Francisco State University

Kimiko Guthrie, M.F.A., Mills College


Mission Statement

Through Inclusiveness and rigorous creative inquiry, the Department of Theatre and Dance provides comprehensive training in theatre and dance emphasizing passion, performance, collaboration, community and issues of social justice.

Theatre and Dance, as performing arts, provide sparks that transform a person into a lifelong student. Across the campus and in diverse communities we offer opportunities for participation both in art-making and in critical examination that help students to discover, accept, and express themselves as active, compassionate persons, and to know and appreciate the work and values of others. To succeed in their creative practices, students study world history as well as theories of art, gender, social justice, inclusion/diversity, and body politics by use of the everyday practices of the liberal arts, including collaboration, 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, as collaborative team members, as “emotional first responders,” and as directors of their lives.

Our department values a diversity of approaches to performance, including: traditional, contemporary, professionally-oriented, experimental, interdisciplinary, inclusive, adaptive, indigenous, DIY, and outsider art. We welcome interested students of all sizes, shapes, abilities/disabilities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, ages, ethnicities, ancestral identities, experience levels, creative forms, and cultures.


About the Department

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

  • Degree Roadmaps
  • New Single Subject Teaching Credential Programs for Dance and Theatre
  • Auditions
  • Performance Season
  • Anyone Can Get Involved (open casting)
  • Alumni
  • Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble
  • Creativity Lab
  • Us in the U.S. Ensemble
  • Healing the Trauma of Racism Altar Project
  • Videos
  • Social Media Links
  • And more…


    Bachelor of Arts



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