Department of Theatre Arts

The College of Arts and Humanities
J. Daniel Herring, Chair
Speech Arts Building, Room 33

BA in Theatre Arts - Acting Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Theatre Arts - Design/Technology Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Theatre Arts - General Emphasis, B.A.
BA in Dance, B.A.
MN in Theatre Arts - Drama Option, Minor
MN in Theatre Arts - Dance Option, Minor

Courses Offered

The theatre arts major offers your the opportunity to develop your skills in acting, directing, dance performance, choreography, playwriting, children's theatre, technical production, scene design, costume design, lighting design, history, literature, and teaching. After completing our program, you will have the background that will enhance your ability to pursue either an advanced degree or a professional career.

Our professionally trained instructors will guide you through a program which is not only educational but fascinating. A major or minor in theatre or dance can be one of the more exciting times in your life because it will develop communication and performing skills that will aid you no matter what career you finally decide to pursue. If theatre is what you want, then the California State University, Fresno Theatre Arts Department is ready to serve you.

The Theatre Arts Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and holds memberships with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the California Educational Theatre Association, the California Alliance for Arts Education, and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. The department regularly participates in the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) and the American College Dance Association (ACDA). Our students, faculty, and productions have been awarded many regional and national honors from both ACTF and ACDA.

Our national and international award-winning Theatre Arts Department offers you educational preparation in all aspects of theatre and dance. Beside having the opportunity of being guided by an extensive curriculum and production schedule of more than 10 plays and several dance concerts, you will have the opportunity to study with guest professionals who participate in our program on a regular basis.

At California State University, Fresno there are a variety of production organizations, each providing a different kind of experience. University Theatre produces six major productions a year, cast and crewed by students. The Experimental Theatre Company (ETC) and the University Dance Theatre (UDT) are student organizations that produce their own plays and dance concerts. The Black Theatre Contingent (BTC) focuses on drama of the African-American experience. Playwrights Theatre is dedicated to the exploration of original plays. Theatre for Young Audiences produces plays for young people and tours throughout the Valley. You also have the opportunity to work with our resident dance company, the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. As you can see, we offer a variety of opportunities for you to develop and practice your art.