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2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts, B.A.: Dance and Inclusive Performance Concentration

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Theatre Arts, B.A. Program (120 units)

Program Description

Through inclusive and rigorous creative inquiry, the Department of Theatre and Dance provides comprehensive training for performance, creativity, reflection, diversity, collaboration, mentorship, community engagement, and social justice.

Through a combination of core classes with a concentration, the program provides comprehensive pre-professional training in the areas of performance (Acting, Dance, Inclusive Performance (Applied Social Justice), and Musical Theatre) and production (Stage Technology and Design). Our primary goal is to develop artists whose performance skills and creativity are supported by a firm background in history, literature, and aesthetics. In an environment designed to encourage creativity and self-expression, students perform regularly in a variety of theatre and dance productions. The culmination requirement offers an opportunity to direct, choreograph, perform, write, intern, or design.

Theatre Arts program encourages majors to acquire a range of skills to expand their career options. Many have entered advanced studies in nationally recognized universities and conservatories. Some have chosen careers in teaching, while others have gone directly into theatre or dance performance. Alumni perform on professional stages around the world, including Broadway and Hollywood, where they have won Tony and  Emmy Awards, as well as other professional recognitions. Employers in business and public service professions desire Theatre Arts graduates for their team skills, their imaginative approach to problems, and their ability to communicate creatively.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
  • …Perform for audiences, on stage or in other arenas and careers.
  • …Create performance that presents human issues in inclusive, exciting, original ways.
  • …Reflect on historical and contemporary works of theatre and dance from diverse cultures.
  • …Engage individuals and build community through meaningful theatre and dance experiences.

Career Opportunities

Actor/Actress • Box Office Manager • Business Agent • Choreographer • College Student Services Manager • Comedian • Corporate Officer • Costume Designer • Costume/Wardrobe Technician • Dancer • Director • Drama or Dance Teacher/Professor • Dramaturg • House Manager • Lighting Technician • Make-Up Artist/Specialist • Non-profit Manager • Playwright • Producer • Recreation Supervisor • Sales/Marketing Specialist • Set Decorator • Set Designer • Sound Technician • Stage Manager • Theatre Critic • Theatre Technician • Theatre Manager


The Department of Theatre and Dance produces approximately 5-8 plays and dance concerts during the year. The selection of plays exposes students to acting, dance, design, directing, singing, stage management, and technical theatre suitable to a wide variety of styles, periods, and genres from Shakespeare to American Realism and from Greek Tragedy to Modern Drama.

The department features ensemble groups in the areas of Acting, Dance, Inclusive Performance, Musical Theatre, and Stage Technology/Design, providing access to a varied and challenging performance schedule. Sixteen department productions have toured to four European countries. Annually our tours travel in-state and across the country.

The department is fortunate to have excellent facilities including the 450 seat University Theatre; a scene shop equipped for traditional carpentry and MIG welding, including a full paint frame; a costume shop with ten sewing stations; a sixteen-station design/drafting studio with a separate digital lab; two theatre studio classrooms; green room; make-up room; dressing rooms with lockers and showers; and, a spacious Dance Studio.

Degree Requirements Unit-Outline

  • A baccalaureate of arts degree requires a total of 120 units:
    • The major requirements consists of 50-53 units
    • General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
    • Free Electives may consist of 10-13 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).

Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.

Theatre Arts Major Requirements (50-53 units)


Theatre Arts majors are required to choose a concentration to fulfill their major requirements.  Choose one (1) of the following:

Capstone Requirement

Students must take one of the following CAPSTONE courses for 3 units to complete the major.

Dance and Inclusive Performance Concentration

The Dance and Inclusive Performance concentration is 23-24 units.  In addition to the concentration core coursework, students must choose either the Dance Track or Inclusive Performanc Track to complete the concentration requirements.

Concentration Core

All of the following 13 units are required as outlined:

Dance Track

Students choosing the Dance Track will take 10 units as outlined to complete the concentration requirements:

Inclusive Performance Track

Students choosing the Inclusive Performance Track will take 10-11 units as outlined to complete the concentration requirements:

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate requirements for graduation, which are described in the Requirements, Exams & Testing  chapter of this catalog. 

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