2019 Festival of the Arts

fota2019The Festival of the Arts is six days of creative performances, lectures and master classes, showcasing the region's creative and cultural excellence. The full event schedule is available at csus.edu/festival

The Department of Theatre & Dance hosts: a free, professional puppet show by local master puppetter, Art Grueneberger, as well as the 2019 Sacramento Dance Sampler. Dance troupes from around Nor Cal will each present current works up close and personal in an intimate space. Visit the Hornet Ticket Office for performance times and pricing.

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Theatre-and-Dance-Avatars_greenapprovedfinal.pngThe Department of Theatre & Dance:

  • Fosters student-learning to advance critically-thinking, creative and collaborative artists.
  • Provides students a strong and diverse educational experience that prepares them to engage communities, cultures, and disciplines through various creative processes and performance styles.
  • Values its dedicated faculty, staff, students and diverse program curricula that together enrich the creation of high-quality performances.
  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) & Institutional Members of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)
  • Institutional Members of the American College Dance Association (ACDA), International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), and the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO)

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The California State University, Sacramento Department of Theatre and Dance provides a broad and thorough foundation of the history, theory, literature and the practice of theatre and dance to students who wish to pursue post graduate studies or join the profession. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers an imaginative and ambitious program of historical and contextual studies supported by studio and production work. Our mission challenges our students to be independent thinkers. Our department provides a collaborative, artistic environment that reflects a richly complex and diverse global perspective complimented by national and international faculty and staff experience.

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placeholderThe Sacramento State Theatre BA is committed to intensive training in the areas of Performance, Technical Theatre/Design, Puppetry/Children's Theatre, Multicultural Theatre, Dramatic Literature, History, and Criticism. The program is designed to offer breadth and depth and the faculty and staff, having national and international experience, comprise the Theatre BA.

An extension of our academic program is our excellent season of theatrical productions. Each year we offer four to six major productions and minor productions of one-acts, originals, and other shows, all of which provide an excellent showcase for the students of Theatre at Sacramento State. Physical facilities for these productions include the University Theatre for proscenium productions, the Playwright's Theatre for original and experimental productions, and the Studio Theatre for student-directed productions. Included in the program are African American and Chicano/Latino Theatre productions that make this department unique in the State University System.

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placeholderMajors in the Dance BA Program receive in-depth training in dance technique, performance, production, choreography, theory, dance history and dance education.

Offering a comprehensive program of study, the Dance Program starts with the basic principles of dance technique and refines them through the choreographic and theoretic processes, culminating in the creation of full-scale concert productions. Students in the program are involved at every level of the creative process.

Graduates with the degree in Dance pursue careers in dance performance and choreography. The program also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in dance performance, choreography, cultural dance forms and/or dance education. Graduates of the Sacramento State Dance Program currently serve in every area of dance education from studios and public and private K-12 schools to colleges and universities. Other graduates have successfully pursued careers in dance performance, musical theatre and choreography.

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The College of Arts and Letters is committed to helping students maximize their time at Sacramento State. Several designated programs in the College are now available as a “Four-Year Promise” to help students on a fast-track to graduation. Students that opt into the program follow road maps for their respective programs, guaranteeing that they fulfill the required courses in four years.

Program Benefits

  • Accelerate your degree [see site link above for more info]
  • Pre-enrollment in all courses each semester
  • Avoid the cost of unnecessary courses or additional semesters of study 

Program Requirements

  • Commit to one of the program options above
  • Commit to being available during the designated times and days (Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) [see site link above for more info]
  • Meet with your department advisor at least once each semester
  • Avoid repeating courses by earning good grades

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