The Theatre and Dance faculty and staff includes performers, designers, and playwrights with top academic credentials as
well as professional experience. The department is an accredited institutional member
of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
The most important element in the department's success is the students. Our undergraduates enjoy unusual opportunities to play leading roles, to direct, and to design for lab and mainstage productions. Undergraduate playwrights have seen their work in staged readings, workshops and in mainstage productions. Organizations such as the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival and the American College Dance Association have honored numerous Fresno State Students.
Together, students, faculty, and staff have created shows that have won regional, national, and international honors.
The theatre complex consists of the John Wright Theatre (a 360-seat proscenium theatre), the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre (a 150-seat arena theatre), the Lab School Theatre (a 100-seat lab theatre), dance studio, and the Lyles Gallery which also serves as the lobby for both the Wright and Woods theaters.