Theatre Overview

Make Theatre, Create Community

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

The Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies offers a major and minor, as well as core curriculum courses. Our program frames theatre within the liberal arts environment as a holistic educational experience through integrated practical and theoretical study. We offer broad-based theatre training in the following areas: performance, scenography, theatrical production as well as performance studies. In order to facilitate an understanding of the wider applications of theatre practice beyond the theatre proper, we encourage students to explore the relationship of performance to social and cultural practices both viscerally and intellectually. Additionally, we give students the tools and methodologies to investigate a range of theatre and performance practices in a variety of national, international, historical and contemporary contexts. In addition to our professionally active faculty we engage renowned theatre practitioners who mentor our students by serving as directors or designers in season productions, guest speakers or special topic workshop leaders throughout the academic year. Through their course of study at USD, a theatre arts student has the opportunity to cultivate translatable skills that will empower them to think critically, engage creatively, and collaborate effectively enhancing their life options and diversified employability.

Major Requirements

The theatre arts and performance studies major requires 39-41 units of study. Students may concentrate, in their Upper-Division Electives, on performance or design. Students are required to participate in general auditions annually.

Special Programs

Students interested in pursuing a liberal studies major or an interdisciplinary humanities major with a concentration in theatre arts should plan their program carefully with the advisor in their major and with the theatre arts department chair to ensure that graduation requirements are met.