Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression, and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we make diversity and inclusion a key part of our teaching, art making, and public programming.

Located within the College of Letters and Science, the faculty, staff, and students in TDPS — and in the allied PhD in Performance Studies — pursue a wide spectrum of research and production activities. We see performance as an interdisciplinary form, exploring verbal, visual, spatial ,and embodied registers of experience. We see performance as a transnational cultural form, exploring the politics and poetics of social life in all parts of the world. We see performance as a public forum for contemporary ideas, allowing us to test and debate the central concerns of our time in a space that is at once critical, emotional, and collective.

The faculty and staff are nationally and internationally known, both for their scholarly research and their artistic work in design, directing, choreography, acting, and experimental performance. Our curriculum ranges from the classics to the contemporary; it cuts across theatrical, dance, and visual art forms; it spans all corners of the globe, using the site of performance to deepen UC Berkeley’s critical education in the humanities.

Undergraduate majors and minors are well prepared for the future, both as artists and as engaged citizens of the world. Through the course of their studies, students pursue intensive work in acting, design, directing, technical production, dance technique, and choreography. At the same time, they take critical and cultural studies courses that set the literary, historical, political, theoretical, and aesthetic concerns of performance in dialogue with other disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This flexibility and integration of our programs in Theater and Performance Studies and in Dance and Performance Studies make our students excellent candidates for a variety of professions in the social, corporate, legal, and arts sectors, as well for admission to graduate programs in the arts and to professional schools.

All professors teach at all levels, and students have an ample opportunity to study with important scholars and practitioners in theater, dance, and performance studies. Playhouse Productions and Workshop Performances breathe life into an annual season of classic, modern, and original works, along with the annual concert of the Berkeley Dance Project. Auditions are open to all students, staff, and faculty on campus, and students receive course credit for successfully completing a production. Most entry-level performance courses (acting, directing, dance technique, playwriting, choreography, design) are open to all Berkeley students. Declared majors and minors can deepen their study with challenging courses and performance projects. Advanced students can also receive course credit for internships and apprenticeships and can propose Honors Projects (in both critical writing and performance) for their final year.

The faculty, staff, and students welcome you to our diverse and energetic department. In the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, you will find small class sizes, inspiring faculty, engaged staff, talented colleague students, and multiple opportunities to pursue your artistic creativity and intellectual adventures in ways that are both challenging and fulfilling. We look forward to working with you.

Undergraduate Programs

Dance and Performance Studies: BA, Minor
Theater and Performance Studies: BA, Minor

Graduate Program

The department does not offer graduate degrees; however, the following graduate degree is administered by a graduate group affiliated with the department:
Performance Studies: PhD

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Courses

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

THEATER R1A Performance: Writing and Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Reading and composition in connection with the study of dramatic literature. R1A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement, and R1B satisfies the second half.

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THEATER R1B Performance: Writing and Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Reading and composition in connection with the study of dramatic literature. R1A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement, and R1B satisfies the second half.

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THEATER 5 Public Speaking and Presentation Skills 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
Students will learn to present themselves and material clearly, confidently, and persuasively, using age-old arts of oral communication. They will learn techniques for overcoming stage fright, developing clear enunciation, finding and using their natural, unaffected vocal register, varying tone and intonation to hold audience interest, controlling pacing, moving with assurance and purpose, using appropriate gestures, and
eye contact as well as exploring methods to change behaviors that bar effective communication and structure speeches to maximize persuasiveness.

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THEATER 10 Fundamentals of Acting I 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
Fundamentals of Acting I (Theater 10) is the entry level course for the acting sequence and focuses on releasing and cultivating the actor’s inherent creativity. Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor begins to develop basic techniques designed to stimulate the imagination, develop vocal and physical ability, increase awareness of self and others, introduce effective ways to analyze texts,
think critically about the craft of acting, and enhance self-confidence and communication skills. This class is the essential beginning of the actor’s studies, which will ultimately allow her or him to effectively engage and explore work from a rich diversity of genres, styles, and backgrounds.
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THEATER 20U London: Theater Capital 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Course provides a critical introduction to both London and its theatre for first year undergraduate students. The course, which is part of a university study abroad program, examines the production of current theatre and performance in the city with an emphasis on staged performance backed up by selected critical and creative texts. Alongside these artistic acts students will be introduced to ways in which the city of London itself is a landscape
of continuous performances, ceremonies and events with institutions such as the Royal Courts of Justice, the Lord Mayor’s Show, and the Houses of Parliament, all worthy of close attention for the way they operate through means of performance.
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THEATER 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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THEATER 25AC The Drama of American Cultures: An Introduction to Our Theater 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course provides an introduction to theater through the study of values and issues fundamental to cultural identity, the comparison of selected cultural groups and their relationship to American society as a whole, and the study of drama as an instrument for understanding and expressing cultural identity. Theater of specific cultural groups to be included will be determined by the availability of live theater productions offered on campus
and in the Bay Area.
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THEATER 26 Introduction to Performance Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course introduces the critical terms and practices of the contemporary study of performance. Several key terms and important genres of artistic and social performance will be engaged; the course will draw critical and disciplinary methods from anthropology and ethnography, from the theory of dance and theater, from literary and cultural theory. Critical and theoretical concepts will be used to analyze a wide range of live and recorded performances
, as well as performance texts.
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THEATER 39 Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 1.5 - 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester.

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THEATER 40 Introduction to Modern Dance Technique 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Introduction to modern dance from a Western concert dance perspective. Study of foundational concepts of movement such as: principles of alignment, locomotion, dance terminology, and musicality.

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THEATER 52AC Dance in American Cultures 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
Dance as a meaning-making expressive form. Develop the tools necessary for looking at dance, analyzing it, writing about it, and understanding its place in larger social, cultural, political structures. We will look at a variety of U.S. American dance genres, understanding them through their historical and cultural contexts, to explore how issues of race, gender, sexuality and class affect the practice and the reception of
different dance forms, and how dance might help shape representations of these identities. Ethnic groups that the course studies include African, Asian, and European Americans, indigenous peoples of the U.S., and Chicanos/Latinos. Accessible to students with no dance experience. Not a studio-based class.
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THEATER 60 Introduction to Technical Theater and Production 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
A practical introduction to the terminology, theories, approaches, and techniques of technical theater and production. The course will cover theatrical terminology, stage equipment and architecture, production personnel and processes, and design departments, including scenery, properties, costumes, lighting, sound, and video. The course has a laboratory component. Based on student preference and availability, assignments for work on departmental
productions will be made to one of two types of lab: department shops on a regular weekly schedule throughout the semester, or as run crew for a production fulfilling all required hours including evening and weekend calls.

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THEATER 84 Sophomore Seminar 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Sophomore seminars are small interactive courses offered by faculty members in departments all across the campus. Sophomore seminars offer opportunity for close, regular intellectual contact between faculty members and students in the crucial second year. The topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores.

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THEATER 98 Directed Group Study 0.5 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Group study of a topic not included in the regular department curriculum. Topics may be initiated by students.

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THEATER 99 Independent Study 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Study of a topic not included in the regular department curriculum.

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THEATER 100 Collaborative Innovation 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This is a project-based class in collaborative innovation where students experience group creativity and team-based design by using techniques from across the disciplines of business, theatre, design, and art practice. They will leverage problem framing and solving techniques derived from critical thinking, systems thinking, and creative problem solving (popularly known today as design thinking). The course is grounded in a brief weekly lecture that sets
out the theoretical, historical, and cultural contexts for particular innovation practices, but the majority of the class involves hands-on studio-based learning guided by an interdisciplinary team of teachers leading small group collaborative projects.


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THEATER C107 Plays of Ibsen 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2011
Reading and discussion of Ibsen's major plays. Readings and discussion in English.

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THEATER C108 Strindberg 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2009
Reading and discussion of Strindberg's major works; emphasis on his dramas and their significance. Readings and discussion in English.

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THEATER 109 Fundamentals of Acting II 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Fundamentals of Acting II (Theater 109) continues working with and expands upon basic concepts introduced in Fundamentals of Acting I (Theater 10). Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor works toward the goal of increasing range, depth, and flexibility; students work on more complex texts which require in-depth research and stronger imagination to inhabit.

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THEATER 110A Intermediate Acting: Scene Study and Style 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
While continuing the work begun in Fundamentals of Acting I and II (Theater 10 and 109), Scene Study and Style focuses on the actor’s relationship with multiple genres and forms of drama; increased focus is given to the specific demands and responsibilities of performing with heightened language and the complexities of characterization and style; emphasis is also given to achieving an understanding of dramatic action, developing technical proficiency
and clarity, attaining emotional availability, and cultivating an enriched relationship with text. Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor learns how to transform intuitive creativity into performative excellence.
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THEATER 110B Intermediate Acting: Shakespeare 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
While continuing work begun in Theater 10 & 109, Interm. Acting: Shakespeare (110B) examines the actor’s process through the specific lense of Shakespeare, exploring the unique challenges and rewards of his work; increased focus is given to the demands and responsibilities of performing the heightened language of Shakespeare’s verse and prose, and the complexities of his characterization and style; emphasis is also given to achieving
an understanding of dramatic action, developing technical proficiency and clarity, attaining emotional availability, and cultivating an enriched relationship with text. Through exercises, improvisation, scenes, and monologues, the actor learns how to transform intuitive creativity into performative excellence.
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THEATER 111 Advanced Acting Studio 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Advanced Acting Studio (Theater 111) finishes the acting technique progression that begins with Fundamentals of Acting I (Theater 10). Through scene-work, monologues, and exercises, the actor stretches and strengthens acting techniques, voice, movement, and speech; particular attention is given to character development and style; students also develop classical and contemporary audition material.

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THEATER 112 VOICE AND SPEECH 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Voice and Speech works to strengthen, support, and develop the natural voice through practice on basic relaxation techniques, breath, resonance, articulation, and presence. The course explores the voice through a variety of texts and uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA-narrow transcription) to enhance range, clarity of speech, and to prepare students for beginning work in dialect.

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THEATER 113A International Performance and Literature: Irish Theater: Origins and the Contemporary Scene 6 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2013 First 6 Week Session
This course will explore what is involved in the performer's art through class participation, writing, discussion, and final exam. It includes lectures on classical and contemporary theater, acting training, literature study, and attendance at many professional theater performances. Enrollment is open to all applicants without audition, and the performance aspects of the class
will be responsive to the skill level of the students who enroll.
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THEATER 114 Performance Workshop 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
Workshop involving performers in collaborative development of new performance; topics include cross-disciplinary arts, solo performance, language, and movement.

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THEATER 118AC Performance, Television, and Social Media 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
This course examines the intersections of performance and media--specifically the media forms of television and social media in the U.S.--with a focus on how various types of difference (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic class) are enacted, articulated, represented, and played on TV and social media platforms.

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THEATER 119 Performance Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
An examination of a theoretical topic or perspective on performance, with specific attention to the interface between theoretical endeavor and dramatic, nondramatic, and nontheatrical modes of performance; may involve visiting artists. Topics vary from semester to semester.

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THEATER 121 Performance and Culture 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
An examination of performance as an aspect of cultural production, ranging from everyday-life enactment to more formal or aesthetic activities associated with "artistic" production; may involve visiting artists. Specific attention to the methods of ethnography, cultural studies, and intercultural performance analysis. Topics vary from semester to semester.

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THEATER 125 Performance and History 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
An examination of the historical conditions of performance, either given in a historical period or comparatively, with specific attention to the relationship between methods of historical studies and performance; may involve visiting artists. Topics vary from semester to semester.

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THEATER 125D Performance and History 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
An examination of the historical conditions of performance, either given in a historical period or comparatively, with specific attention to the relationship between methods of historical studies and performance; may involve visiting artists. Topics vary from semester to semester.

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THEATER 126 Performance Literatures 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
An examination of the formal, ideological, and cultural dynamics of drama, with specific attention to the relationship between methods of literary studies and performance; may involve visiting artists. Topics vary from semester to semester.

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THEATER 139A Fundamentals of Playwriting 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A practical course for beginning playwrights. Through lecture, exercises, in class readings and group discussion, the class will explore the practical craft elements of playwriting along with the function of personal voice in one’s work. Students will write one short and one longer form play during the semester.

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THEATER 139B Playwriting 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course will focus on the writing of a full-length theatrical work. A more critical analysis of the playwriting process with particular emphasis on how a playwright’s aesthetic and intellectual point of view inform the work. Instructor approval is a requirement for the course.

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THEATER 140 Pedagogy for Movement Based Classes - Undergraduate Level 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015
Introduces students to foundational principles necessary to teach practice-based courses that involve movement, dance, and/or physical activity and expression. Designed for undergraduate students interested in pursuing teaching. Students should be prepared to engage in practical exercises as well as the study pedagogical theories and methods.

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THEATER 141 Intermediate Modern Dance Technique 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Development of body articulation and control utilizing modern dance concepts of time, space, and dynamics.

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THEATER 142 Advanced Modern Dance Technique 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Refinement of movement techniques as well as qualitative analysis and demonstration of movement with regard to rhythm, dynamics, and style.

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THEATER 143 Practicum for Advanced Modern Dancers 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Practical application of previously studied theory and techniques of modern dance with an emphasis on development of individual movement style.

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THEATER 144 Sources of Movement 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Beginning application of dance technique as a means of communication in the theatre. Use of basic technical fundamentals as a means of extending natural movement in rhythm, energy, and space with emphasis on style and qualitative analysis.

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THEATER 146A Choreography: Solo/Duet Showcase 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Analysis of theories of form and structure and their practical application in relation to content.

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THEATER 146B Choreography: Compositional Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Analysis of theories of form and structure and their practical application in relation to content.

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THEATER 147A Beginning Ballet Technique 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course is designed for contemporary/modern dancers interested in learning ballet vocabulary, technique, and alignment principles in order to support their contemporary/modern training. The course is intended to be taken in conjunction with one of the modern/contemporary dance technique courses offered by TDPS (40, 141, or 142). Beginning level. Audition first day of class.

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THEATER 147B Intermediate Ballet Technique 2 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course is designed for contemporary/modern dancers interested in expanding their ballet vocabulary, improving ballet technique, and learning new approaches to taking ballet class. The course is intended to be taken in conjunction with one of the modern/contemporary dance technique courses offered by TDPS (40, 141, or 142) and requires that students have intermediate (or above) proficiency with ballet technique. Audition first day of class.

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THEATER 148 Movement Improvisation 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2005
This course is an introduction to the foundational principles of movement improvisation. Through guided movement exercises and experiences, readings, discussions, observations, and journaling students will broaden their ability to move expressively and in the moment. They will learn skills that explore concepts of time, space, energy, shape and dynamics. The course will develop students’ choreographic tools and performance abilities, and it will challenge
students to take creative risks. The readings will allow for critical and historical understandings of dance improvisation and how improvisation has impacted choreographic trends.

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THEATER 151A Theater History 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
A chronological survey of world theater to 1800, this course begins with an investigation of "performance behavior"--the human impulse to organize complex games, rituals, and other display activities. It explores the mythological and historical origins of theater in various cultures as well as the derivation of the first dramatic scripts. A heavy emphasis is placed on the analysis of the "promptbooks" and visual sources of early
European and Asian theaters for a practical understanding of their scenic and acting styles.
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THEATER 151B Theater History 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2008
A chronological survey of Western theater from 1800 to the present, this course begins with the dismantling of Neoclassical thought in the European theater and the rise of avant-garde and popular forms. Rapidly changing social conditions, cultural tastes, and technological advances in the 19th and 20th centuries are studied in tandem with the development of theatrical productions and movements, playmaking, and acting styles.

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THEATER 162 Fundamentals of Stage Directing 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Beginning study of principles of stage composition, blocking, and analysis of dramatic texts for the director.

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THEATER 163 Stage Directing 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Study of principles and practice of stage directing.

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THEATER 166 Special Topics: Theater Arts 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Topics vary from semester to semester and have included The Power of Music and Poetry in the Theater; Modern Drama and Theater, 1940 to the Present; Theaters, Tricksters, and Cultural Exchange; Art as Social Action; and The Invisible World (Process Seminar).

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THEATER 167 Technical Theater: Performance Practice 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Participation in technical theater practice associated with department theater and dance productions to include technical run crew for live performance in one of: lighting, sound, video, properties, costumes, make-up, scenery, deck, and rail.

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THEATER 168 Technical Theater: Shop Practice 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Participation in technical theater practice associated with department theater and dance productions to include workshop activities (fabrication, treatment, and installation) in one or more of: costumes, hair, make-up, scenery, properties, lighting, video, and sound for live performance.

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THEATER 169 Advanced Technical Theater Practice 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Participation in advanced technical theater practice associated with department theater and dance productions to include lead, head, or coordinator position with technical run crew for live performance in one of: lighting, sound, video, properties, costumes, make-up, scenery, deck, rail, or advanced application of workshop activities (fabrication, treatment, and installation) in one or more of: costumes, hair, make-up, scenery, properties, lighting
, video, and sound for live performance. Intended for a student who has completed introductory level application of theater practice and is training in advanced techniques and applications and/or assuming additional responsibilities in relation to production.
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THEATER 171 Theater Performance 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Practice in acting and/or dance in Dramatic Art productions.

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THEATER 172 Stage Management 2 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Study of production techniques and procedures related to production management, stage management, and theater administration.

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THEATER 173 Scenography: Scenic Design for Performance 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This introductory course teaches some fundamentals of scenic design. Design for live performance will be approached as an integration of all the performative tools – text, visuals, sound, space, kinetics, etc – with particular focus in this class on the overall scenographic environment. Through personal development and group explorations students will be given basic conceptual and art-making tools allowing them to evolve, communicate and realize scenic and environmental
solutions. Previous art training is helpful but not essential. The student must provide most art supplies. The final evaluation will include a presentation in lieu of an exam.

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THEATER 173A Scenography: Scenic Design for the Theatre 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This introductory course teaches some fundamentals of scenic design. Design for live performance will be approached as an integration of all the performative tools – text, visuals, sound, space, kinetics, etc – with particular focus in this class on the overall scenographic environment. Through personal development and group explorations students will be given basic conceptual and art-making tools allowing them to evolve, communicate and realize
scenic and environmental solutions. Previous art training is helpful but not essential. The student must provide most art supplies.

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THEATER 173B Scenography: Scenic Design for the Theatre 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The fundamentals of performance design are explored through visual statements, simple technical drafting and model-making. Design for performance engages with text analysis, cultural research and thoughtful creativity and collaboration. The course will proceed through a variety of project foci as diverse as personal statement and classical text. Although previous studio art experience is helpful, all students are welcome. The student provides
the majority of their project materials and is also responsible for contributing some funds for provided classroom project materials and tools.
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THEATER 174 Scenography: Costume Design for Performance 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017
This studio class explores some fundamental approaches and techniques for designing costume. Performance design will be approached as a product of all the performative tools and contexts – text, visuals, sound, space, kinetics, etc – with particular focus for this class on the scenographic role of the performer. Through personal expression and collaborative investigation students will be given some basic tools allowing them to conceptualize, communicate and realize
costumes. Previous art training is helpful but not essential. The student must provide most art supplies. The final evaluation will include a presentation in lieu of an exam.
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THEATER 174A Scenography: Costume Design for the Theatre 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This studio class explores some fundamental approaches and techniques for designing costume. Performance design will be approached as a product of all the performative tools and contexts – text, visuals, sound, space, kinetics, etc – with particular focus for this class on the scenographic role of the performer. Through personal expression and collaborative investigation students will be given some basic tools allowing them to conceptualize, communicate
and realize costumes. Previous art training is helpful but not essential. The student must provide most art supplies.
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THEATER 174B Scenography: Costume Design for the Theatre 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course continues teaching some fundamentals of costume design. Students will develop techniques that allow them to conceptualize, communicate and realize costumes successfully. Design will be approached as an integration of all the performative tools – text, visuals, sound, etc – with particular focus on the scenographic role of the performer. Students will design for movement and character; investigate the scenographic potential of
costume in text and performance; research and design a portfolio of costumes for a classic play or opera. Students who have completed Theater 174A, Introduction to Costume Design, will be given preference for enrollment but those new to costume design are welcome space permitting.

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THEATER 175A Scenography: Lighting Design for Performance 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
THEATER 175A will introduce you to the tools, terms, and techniques of stage lighting through lectures and practical application. Working as part of a production crew (an additional 45 hours outside of class) will demonstrate the practice of stage lighting. Class lectures and workshops augment the production experience. They will cover descriptions, explanations, and demonstrations of lighting concepts and equipment, and the initial elements of
design.

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THEATER 175B Scenography: Advanced Lighting Design for Performance 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This is the second of two classes in stage lighting design and execution. In THEATER 175B you will study the design and execution of stage lighting from the visualization of the initial concept through the realization of that concept on stage. The course is divided into four segments. Review the foundational information about stage lighting. Develop a Production Proposal, for ROMEO & JULIET, analyze the material and present a proposal
for a production of R&J. Design a repertory light plot by drafting the plot with VectorWorks Spotlight, a CAD program for stage lighting.
Finally, in the Lighting Project, you will work with the BDP light plot in the Playhouse, creating light cues for music of your choice.

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THEATER 176 Applied Theatrical Design 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Students of technical theater design (possible specializations: lighting, set, costume, sound, video) are provided experience, structure, and support in the practical application of design to the stage in departmental productions. Interaction and team approach of the designers will be promoted from the earliest stages of conceptualization through the opening night and the run of the production(s).

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THEATER 177 Sound Design for Performance 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
In this course, undergraduate students will learn to construct sound cues and soundtracks for theater performances and videos using industry standard software, and will learn fundamental principles of incorporating video and sound into stage productions. Students will be exposed to the writings and works of prominent sound theorists, designers, and engineers and multimedia performance artists. The most successful students may be invited to
participate in UC Berkeley theater productions as sound designers.
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THEATER 178 Video Production for Performance 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Video Production for Performance is a workshop class in which students will explore a broad range of video applications to performance. Through a series of exercise video shoots students learn the fundamentals of video production, including basic optics, camera angles and movement, sound recording, and editing. With an additional emphasis on concept and planning, students prepare for and execute a sustained video project—a detailed documentation of a
staged performance, the development of a video component for a production, a documentary study of aspects of performance, or the generation of a freestanding video program. There is a lab fee of $60 for use of equipment and editing lab.
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THEATER 179 Supervised Theatrical Design 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Students are trained in the working methods of set or costume design; supervised preparation and implementation of designs in the department's production season, from initial discussions through opening night.

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THEATER 180 Theatrical Realization of Dance 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course relates choreography to theatrical presentation. Laboratory hours are spent in attendance at rehearsal, coaching sessions, and the performance of the dance concert. The course is taught by faculty choreographing the major dance production in the departmental season.

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THEATER 181 Theatrical Realization of Dramatic Texts 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This course relates dramatic texts or choreography to theatrical presentation. The lectures are based on the analysis of the work being presented. Laboratory hours are spent in attendance at rehearsal, coaching sessions, and the performance of the play or concert. The course will be taught by faculty involved in the major productions.

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THEATER C183A Performance: An African American Perspective 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2003
Introduction to the Research-to Performance Method, African American aesthetics and dramatic performance techniques. Course will survey wide range of writings on performance and investigate applications through exercises and improvisations. Students will also assist in information gathering for works in progress.

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THEATER C183B Research-to-Performance Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2007
Development of scholarly material for theatrical presentation and enhancement of dramatic performance techniques through discussions, improvisations and readings of work conceived by the class and/or writers in other African American Studies courses. All source material will be based on the research of scholars in the field of African American Studies.

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THEATER C183C Black Theatre Workshop 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2004
Study and production of a play by an African American writer. The play will be studied within its social and historical context. Students will be introduced to the various aspects of theatre production.

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THEATER H195A Honors Course 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Independent study and conferences with faculty sponsor leading to preparation of a major research paper on a single aspect of theater, dance, or performance studies. May include a performance component.

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THEATER H195B Honors Course 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Development of subject studied in H195A, either as a bachelor's thesis or a laboratory project in acting, directing, playwriting, design, or dance.

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THEATER 196 University Theater Workshop 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual directorial projects for advanced undergraduates. Research, tryout, callbacks, and rehearsals which result in performing for the public will average 20 hours per week.

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THEATER 197 Field Studies in Technical Theater 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised experience, in connection with theatrical production in field of: scenic construction; costume construction and conservation; theatrical lighting; stage management; publicity; theatre management; production management.

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THEATER 198 Directed Group Study for Undergraduates 0.5 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised group study of special topics, subject to approval by the chair.

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THEATER 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
Reading and conference with an instructor in an area not corresponding with any regular course.

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THEATER 200A Introductory Colloquium on Interdisciplinary Research in Performance 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the research resources of the University, to the methodologies and research interests of the faculty affiliated with the Ph.D. program, to the demands of a professional academic career, and to trends and developments in theater, dance, and performance studies.

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THEATER 200B Research Colloquium 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for graduate students to work with one another to advance their individual research projects and present their ongoing work.

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THEATER 201 Performance Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This core seminar for graduate students focuses on key issues in the theory of performance, with an emphasis on contemporary theoretical inquiry. Topics can include issues of representation and identity, presence, community, social efficacy, space, corporeality, audience, and transnational flows.

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THEATER 202 Methodologies in Performance Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
The study of different approaches and contemporary methodologies for analyzing performances of various kinds within their cultural and historical context. Specific methodologies can include archival research, field methods, etc. The specific focus in any one course is contingent upon the focus of the instructor.

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THEATER 203 Performance Practicum: Bodies, Space, and Time 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Students in this course will engage in performance practice as: epistemology, methodology, and mode of research; explore the relationship between bodies, spaces, and temporality as a fundamental aspect of performance; and understand "performance as research" in Performance Studies as a field.

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THEATER 266 Special Topics: Theater Arts 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Topics vary from semester to semester and have included The Power of Music and Poetry in the Theater; Modern Drama and Theater, 1940 to the Present; Theaters, Tricksters, and Cultural Exchange; Art as Social Action; and The Invisible World (Process Seminar).

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THEATER 277 Special Studies in Directing 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Advanced practice in play direction.

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THEATER 294 Directed Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Meetings to be arranged, either individually or as a group to explore fields not covered in courses listed elsewhere in Dramatic Art's offerings. May be taken by students engaged in writing dissertations.

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THEATER 299 Special Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
May be taken when preparing prospectus, graduate portfolio, and/or oral presentation before qualifying oral examination. May not be substituted for available seminars.

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THEATER 300 Professional Preparation: Supervised Teaching in Dramatic Art 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Discussion, problem review and development, course development, supervised practice of teaching.

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THEATER 340 Pedagogy for Movement Based Classes - Graduate Level 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015
This course studies pedagogical theories and methods. It is designed to prepare graduate students to teach practice-based dance and movement courses. In class teaching exercises will be supported by readings, research projects and assignments on the subject of pedagogy. Development of professional teaching documents such as a teaching philosophy, a sample course syllabus, sample lesson plans, and self-evaluation statements are required.

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THEATER 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D.

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Faculty

Faculty

Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Associate Professor. African American drama and theater.
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Abigail De Kosnik, Associate Professor. Performance and technology, new media.
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Peter Glazer, Associate Professor. Stage directing, 20th-century drama, adaptation.
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Joe Goode, Professor. Dance, choreography.
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Philip Kan Gotanda, Professor. Playwriting, Asian American Theater, Contemporary American Drama.
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Mark Griffith, Professor. Classical Greek drama.
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Shannon Jackson, Professor. Performance theory, 20th-century drama.
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Sansan Kwan​, Associate Professor. Dance studies, performance studies, Asian American studies.
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Angela Marino, Assistant Professor. Theatre and performance studies, Latin American and US Chicana/Latino performance, festivals and carnival, political cultures.
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Alan Read, Professor. UC Berkeley Global Edge Program.
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Shannon Steen, Associate Professor. American Studies, race theory, performance studies.
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Elizabeth Wymore, Assistant Professor. Modern dance technique, choreography.
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Lecturers

Sima Belmar, Lecturer.
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Kwame Braun, Lecturer. Filmmaking.
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Jack Carpenter, Lecturer. Lighting design.
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Lura Dolas, Lecturer. Acting.
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Katie Faulkner, Lecturer.
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Srijani Ghosh, Lecturer. Dance, choreography.
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James Graham, Lecturer. 
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Samuel Haley-Hill, Lecturer. Acting, public speaking.
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Margo Hall, Lecturer. Acting, directing.
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Christopher Herold, Lecturer. Acting and directing.
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Jenefer Johnson, Lecturer. Dance history.
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Laxmi Kumaran, Lecturer. Stage management.
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Domenique Lozano, Lecturer. Intermediate Acting.
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Mo Miner, Lecturer.
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Lisa Anne Porter, Lecturer. Acting, public speaking.
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Sean San José, Lecturer.
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Annie Smart, Lecturer. Set, costume design.
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Michelle Summmers, Lecturer. Dance.
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Amara Tabor-Smith, Lecturer. Dance.
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Maura Tang, Lecturer. Acting.
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Emeritus 

Martin Berman, Senior Lecturer Emeritus. 
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Robert W. Goldsby, Professor Emeritus. 
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Mel Gordon, Professor Emeritus. Stanislavsky, directing, acting.
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Carol Murota, Senior Lecturer Emerita.
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Dunbar Ogden III, Professor Emeritus.
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Deborah Sussel, Senior Lecturer Emerita. 
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John Warren Travis, Professor Emeritus. 
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Margaret B. Wilkerson, Professor Emerita.
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Marni Thomas Wood, Professor Emerita. 
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*Professor of the Graduate School +Recipient of Distinguished Teaching Award

Contact Information

Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

15 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-664-9012

Fax: 510-643-9956

tdps@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Vacant

Department Vice-Chair

Lisa Wymore, PhD

231 Dwinelle Annex

lisawymore@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer

Michael Mansfield, MFA, DMin

15B Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-643-4050

mikemans@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Services Adviser

Robin Davidson

15A Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-664-7613

performancestudies@berkeley.edu

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