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Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance services the educational and cultural needs of the University community and southwestern Pennsylvania. It also prepares students for entry-level professional positions or for further education through its undergraduate programs.

As a department within the College of Liberal Arts  at California University of Pennsylvania, the mission of the Department of Theatre and Dance is to build students' knowledge, skills and character via the classroom and high-quality theatrical productions. This prepares them for both entry-level employment and further study. The department services the cultural life of the University as it strives to be the best comprehensive public university in America, while simultaneously feeding the cultural needs of greater southwestern Pennsylvania.

Theatre serves a dual function, providing occupational education and training for talented students pursuing careers in theater and providing educational and performance opportunities for all students. Our department rewards creative excellence by offering opportunities for upper-level students to produce shows, choreograph pieces and direct or design both major and minor (one-act plays) productions.

Theatre and dance majors are required to take practicum credits, which give students practical experience in various areas of production: technical production, dance, acting, design, management, directing, technical direction, touring theater and summer theater.

Summer Theatre Experience

The Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy will hold Summer Experience 2016 for young performers July 18-30, 2016. Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the academy gives students ages 8-17 an opportunity to study musical theater. After classes and rehearsals, students present a musical complete with stage sets, costumes and props.

This year's performance of James and the Giant Peach Jr. will be held at 4 p.m. July 30 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. Ticket price is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 12 and younger. The public is welcome to attend.

For questions or for more information about our program, contact us at 724-938-5579.

View the 2017-2018 performance schedule

Click on the video below to view a "behind the scenes" slideshow of rehearsals for Cabaret.

Spring Dance Concert

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Theatre and Dance Productions

The Department of Theatre and Dance sponsors two play-producing groups with membership open to all students: University Players, which produces Main Stage Productions, and Mon Valley Dance Council, producing dance productions. These organizations, either individually or in combination, annually present six or more on-campus play, dance and musical productions.


Theatre and Dance Student Handbook

Location: Steele Hall

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