Welcome to the School of Theatre and Dance

The School of Theatre & Dance is an inclusive learning environment that promotes creativity and scholarship, and mirrors the wide range of cultural, artistic and scholarly interests in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In memoriam: Professor Mohammad Kowsar

It is with tremendous sadness that the School of Theatre & Dance learned of esteemed theatre professor Mohammad Kowsar’s untimely passing on early Sunday morning 14 January, 2018.
A dynamic force whose passion for theatre and teaching were infectious, inspired generations of students and young theatre artists as well as colleagues and peers. This link is a testament to his dynamic teaching

He will be missed deeply as he is already. Many Facebook accounts of former students are already ablaze with the news and touching memorials to a great teacher. An alumni of SF State with a B.A. in Theatre Arts in 1966, he went on to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Hawaii in 1969 and a Ph.D. from Cornell in 1973. Professor Kowsar joined the faculty in 1988 teaching classes in theatre backgrounds, directing and acting. A valuable and honored member of the faculty, Mohammad was a tireless director illuminating the works of Frederick Schiller, Jean Genet, Anton Chekhov, August Strindberg, Aphra Behn, Alfred de Musset and John Ford to name just a few. Alumni speak of Mohammad’s impact on their lives and careers. Riding his scooter around campus in his iconic hat, his energetic lectures could be heard down the corridor from the classroom, allaying any doubt that Mohammad was on campus. He will be missed.

A memorial celebrating the life, scholarship and achievements of Professor Mohammad Kowsar
will be held in McKenna Theatre at San Francisco State University
Sunday February 4, 2018
2 PM
Reception to follow immediately.
please visit the Facebook page to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1802824883063717/?ref=bookmarks

Questions about Complimentary
Questions about pre-req’s?
Please join us this coming Thursday, January 25th,
1-2pm in the Little Theatre
• Meet Faculty & Staff
• Get to know your academic adviser and begin
planning your collegiate career in our program
• News about graduation
• A sneak peek at our upcoming 2018/2019 season

2017 Production Calendar

View the School of Theatre and Dance 2017 Calendar (pdf).

Theatre Majors

Theatre Background Courses, THA 402 and 403 are offered in Fall'17, and THA 401 will be offered in Spring'18, please plan accordingly.

Spring 2018 DANCE PLACEMENT AUDITION - Sunday, January 21 from 10a-1p at Creative Arts Building Room 102
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
Download the pdf and email to: rtadio@sfsu.edu

Study with Us

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

The 45-unit Bachelor of Arts in Dance provides professional preparation in dance and an opportunity to study dance performance, choreography, teaching and dance theory.

Minor in Dance

The 24-unit Minor in Dance consists of 7 units of core courses and 17 units of electives on advisement.

Bachelor of Arts in Drama

The 45-unit Bachelor of Arts in Drama offers four areas of emphasis: Performance, Play Development and Dramaturgy, Design and Technical Theatre and Popular Theatre.

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

The 60-unit, three-year Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts trains candidates to work with other specialized theatre artists in realizing a total work of theatre, as well as to excel in their own chosen arts.

Minor in Drama

The 22-unit Minor in Drama provides an opportunity for non-theatre majors to pursue an interest in Theatre Arts.

Master of Arts in Theatre Arts

The 30-unit Master of Arts in Theatre Arts expands knowledge and competence in the Theatre Arts.

Get Involved

Players' Club

Players' Club is a student-run organization representing SF State theatre students.

Shops and Labs

Contact information and hours of operation for technical theatre design shops and labs.

One-Act Fringe

Each semester, SF State students of all majors and class standings have the chance to write and develop their own one-act plays to be performed on stage.