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Department Mission

Santa Clara University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is a community of artist-scholars, faculty, staff, and students celebrating the creativity of the human spirit through a shared commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition. Read more >

Department Origins

SCU boasts one of the oldest and most continually well-resourced departments of theatre arts, and plays such as Shakespeare’s classics and the Santa Clara Passion Play have been performed on campus since 1855. Beginning as the Department of Speech and Drama in the late 1950s, the first majors in Theatre Arts graduated in 1967. To date, over 600 students have graduated from our program. Read more >

The Theatre and Dance Dept. uses two facilities: Mayer Theatre and the Music and Dance building. These facilities are next to each other, making moving from a class in one area to the other a simple matter.