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.

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Mandatory General Auditions for all new and returning Theatre & Dance students!!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 9am-3pm Creative Arts Building, Little Theatre.
Required for ALL Theatre majors.
Meet your advisor, audition for classes and productions. Understand the requirements and of succeeding in Theatre & Dance at SF State.

  1. Download the schedule (PDF)
  2. Fill-out the Audition Info Sheet (PDF)
  3. Email to thtrdnc@sfsu.edu no later than Friday August 18, 2017 at 5pm

Don't miss this very important day.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 9a-1p at Creative Arts Building, Rm.102 (CA 102)
Application Deadline: August 15, 2017
Download the word doc application, fill out completely & email back to rtadio@sfsu.edu

2017 Production Calendar

View the School of Theatre and Dance 2017 Calendar.

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.

TH A 404 Musical Theatre History and Literature "Backgrounds Equivalent" (M,W-11:10-12:25pm)
This course will examine the historical, philosophical, and significant emergence of one of
the most quintessentially American forms of performance—the musical theatre. The course will explore the context of the
musical in the theatre throughout history and in the contemporary arts through a multicultural study of historical evolution
including but not limited to the study of women’s role in the American Musical Theatre, African American, Latino and
Asian influences. During this course we will also explore specific works of literature that pertain to the creation of and
include actual librettos, books and scores of musicals from the past through the present.

TH A 433 Musical Theatre Workshop with Accompaniment (Tu/Th 10:10am-12:55pm) AUDITION during GENERAL AUDITION DAY, AUG.22
A creatively intensive course study in
Musical Theater performance as well as an exploration of the
intersection of song, dance and acting as it pertains to style, period,
history and/or cultural impact. Along with student engagement in
team building, while creating a musical theater showcase, the
participants in this course will be working on selected musical
number/s from a well-known musical of the studied genre through
which the development of character, the rehearsal process, the craft
of ensemble work and the mastery of choreography are interwoven
towards the successful achievement of encapsulating a well-
integrated performance experience for the actor.

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.