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The Cal State Fullerton Theatre program is among the top sixteen most highly recommended undergraduate programs in the nation, according to the most recent Performing Arts Major’s College Guide published by Macmillan Books. It is ranked with such prestigious schools as Juilliard, New York University, Boston University, and Northwestern University.

Cal State Fullerton’s Dance program is ranked under noteworthy programs, along with Brigham Young, Cornell, Duke, and American University.  The program has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance since 1982.  This ensures that each dance major is taught, directed, and mentored by a qualified dance professional.

The Musical Theatre program ranks in the “Most Highly Recommended Programs,” along with the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, and the University of Michigan.

Click here to learn about some of our awards and achievements.

Click here to take a tour of Cal State Fullerton’s Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center.

What’s Special About Cal State Fullerton’s Department Of Theatre And Dance?

We work closely with our students and they have a myriad of opportunities to experience the profession in and around the university. Thirty miles east of downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, CSUF is a warm, friendly campus nestled between the mountains and the ocean in the personable haven of Fullerton in Southern California. The Department is in close proximity to major regional theatres and borders Southern California’s mecca of major film and television studios, over 100 producing theatres, and the nation’s premiere entertainment parks Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags, Universal Studios, etc.

The CSUF Theatre and Dance Department sponsors internships with such prestigious industry leaders as the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory Theatre, NBC, CBS, Paramount Studios, Mali
Finn Casting, A Noise Within, The Chatauqua Theatre Alliance and a host of other companies.

The Heart Of Our Program

Our program focuses on the development of the complete artist. While public performance is at the heart of our program, we maintain a creative balance between academic courses and professional theatre training. The Department offers a B.A. in Dance with an emphasis on performance and choreography. The creative work of our students is featured on two mainstage Dance productions a year, an off campus concert of student choreography and three Choreographer’s Showcases.In our quest to meet all of the needs of a theatre arts career, students choosing a B.A. degree in theatre have a choice of concentrations liberal studies; production/performance (which includes emphases in the areas of acting, directing, playwriting, design/technical production;) entertainment studies; and teacher education. We also offer a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.

The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to provide an opportunity for students to:

• Realize their self-worth in becoming a true artist in the business
• Recognize the shaping force of theatre, dance and television
• Learn the skills necessary to work professionally in theatre, dance, film, and television
• Pursue graduate studies
• Prepare for teaching theatre and dance