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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies


Click here for Guest Speakers and Special Topic Workshop Leaders February 26 & 28, 2013


MANDATORY ADVISING for Theatre majors and minors and all interested students on Tuesday, March 25 at 12:15 pm and runs through 2pm. Please bring your DARS report. Theatre advisors and the program chair will be there with information you will need to know before registering on April 1, 2014.


Congratulations to our own Professor Terry Glaser!

Terry Glaser, professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, is the first recipient of the new Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival/Association for Theatre in Higher Education Prize for Innovative Teaching for our KCACTF region, Region 8. This award is given to a teacher in each of the 8 KCACTF regions for innovative teaching that leads to student success in theatre arts. Region 8 consists of Southern and Central California, Southern Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Hawaii. The award will be presented to Professor Glaser by an ATHE representative at the KCACTF regional festival on February 15, 2013, in the Los Angeles Theatre Center.


Theatre Festivus

The fifth annual Theatre Festivus held on the Shiley Theatre stage in Camino Hall is Friday, December 14, 2012 starting at 7:00 pm. Our holiday party will celebrate all the good work that has taken place in Theatre Arts during the fall semester. Come celebrate with your fellow students and Theatre faculty! Mingling will start at 7pm and the presentations of student work will begin at 7:30pm. Please RSVP to no later than Tuesday, December 11th, so that we may place the order for food.


5 Top College Theater Programs Outside of NY

5. University of San Diego, San Diego, Calif.

Programs: Performance studies, theater history, modern drama, voice and speech, movement for actors; Tuition: $39,486; Notable alumni: Jim Parsons; Professional opportunities: The Old Globe Theatre, one of the best regional theaters in the country, is in San Diego and partners with USD for the school’s M.F.A. in dramatic arts, for which seven students are chosen to perform in Old Globe productions.


Alumni Red Carpet Event November 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall prior to opening night of "The Beaux' Stratagem"

All Theatre alumni are invited to attend this event as part of the program's 10 Year Anniversary as a major at USD.

LUNCH BOX: "Impulse: Techniques for Embodied Creativity"

Tuesday, April 24 at 12:15
in Camino 131

Please join the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department for a Lunchbox workshop offered by Dr. Kelly Rafferty.

Using techniques from improvisation and physical comedy, students will learn how to develop a powerfully charged and open stage presence that allows performers to work from a deep and simultaneous connection with their own impulses, their scene partners, and their audience. These practices are particularly useful for overcoming stage fright, silencing the inner critic's voice, moving through creative blocks, and developing a broader physical, vocal, and emotional range. Because we'll be focusing on honing perceptive sensitivity, creative flexibility, and collaborative fluidity, this workshop is appropriate for actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, and writers. The workshop will last approximately an hour and a half (ending at 1:45). Please come in clothes that you can move comfortably in, preferably no skirts or open toed shoes.


A 2012/13 Season Informational Session

Friday, March 23
in Camino 131
4:00 – 5:30 pm

Attend the "Seasonal Informational Session" to hear details about the upcoming productions, to learn about the audition process for each show, and to ask any questions you may have for the directors. Come and meet a special surprise guest from London!

LUNCH BOX: Voice & Speech and 2012/13 Season Announcement!
Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15
in Camino 131

Jan Gist, Professor of Voice, Speech and Dialects
for The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Department,
will be offering an exploration of the skills that bring actors’ voices to life on stage.

An actor’s instrument includes the body, voice, and imagination. When all three are activated and coordinated, the actor is empowered to create exciting and inspiring performances. On Tuesday you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with some exercises to expand your breath, pitch, and power, and to clarify your articulation, all aimed at the theatre's demands.

Professor Gist has worked with actors and theatres all over the country and taught workshops for Russia’s Moscow Art Theatre, London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, and regularly presents at international conferences for The Voice And Speech Trainers Association. Learn more about her at:

The course, VOICE and SPEECH will be offered Fall 2012!
CRN #4304 THEA-340.01, J. Gist
Tuesday 2:30-5:20

The Government Inspector selected for a scene prsentation at the annual KC/ACTF festival Feb 6-12, 2012! One scene chosen from THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR to be one of eight showcased from all of Region VIII on Feb. 7th!


USITT INFORMATIONAL MEETING February 7, 2012 at 12:30 in the Black Box (Camino 131)

Find out about the annual conference in Long Beach, March 28-31, dates, deadlines and what it's all about. Click here for the information!

At the conference see the latest and greatest in theatre technology!


Black Box to receive $500,000 upgrade! The Vista, May 4, 2011.