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Department ofTheatre and Dance


  • Teatro Catalina 2015 Trip

    Teatro Catalina is a program began by SCU Alumna Katie Fitzgerald as a community theatre in Villa Catalina, Chinandega, Nicaragua. Through the participation of SCU alumni and undergraduate teaching artists, along with faculty mentors, Teatro Catalina continues to grow and is currently working to integrate the performing arts into the Nicaraguan Public School system. Students may get involved by applying in the Fall quarter for the Spring Break arts immersion trip.


    ASTEP (Artists Striving To End Poverty) at SCU is a student chapter of the New York based organization that began with Julliard students wanting to transform the lives of youth through the arts, to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. Students at SCU may get involved by joining the Registered Student Organization (RSO) club and participate in the ArtsReach and Dancercise programs in the local San Jose community.

  • ArtsReach

    ArtsReach is an arts outreach program at Sacred Heart Community Services that provides learning experiences in theatre, dance, music, and visual arts to students in the after-school Homework Club. ASTEP at SCU works to coordinate opportunities with faculty, staff, and students to participate throughout the year and for Department courses to fulfill the Experiential Learning for Social Justice (ELSJ) core requirement.

  • Business Speakers

    Come and hear Theatre and Dance alums and professionals working in the business share their stories and tips. A listing of speakers and their bios will be posted on the Mayer Theatre call board. October - every year. Specific date TBA

  • Library Arts Study Break

    During exam week each quarter FAST (Fine Arts Support Team) coordinates a 15 minute study break in the Harrington Learning Commons Lower Level that features dancing, music, theatre, visual art, and spoken word.

  • Shakes in Your Face

    Shakes In Your Face is an engaging performance of Shakespeare's greatest hits by students and faculty in various locations across the SCU campus and in the community. These lively and fun short scenes and monologues are usually unannounced and take place in non-traditional performance spaces for passers-by, lunch crowds and students needing a study break.

  • THTR 32 - Costume Construction

    In this class, students learn about fabric/textile studies, sewing techniques, dying and ornamentation, and costume crafts and, as a final project, produce quality shirts which are then donated to an orphanage in Uganda.

  • Spring Immersion Trip to New York

    In March 2016 the Theatre and Dance Dept. successfully piloted its first immersion trip to a significant performing arts city. This initiative emerged from our Program Review process to seek innovative ways to connect current students with Theatre and Dance alumni working in theatre and dance at all levels from performing to community social justice work in the arts. Students will travel to Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2017; future trips might journey to Chicago or Los Angeles. Junior and Senior students apply during the Fall Quarter to join the trip.

  • Spring Immersion Trip to Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland

    Hot on the heels of our wildly successful and inspiring first-annual Spring Break Immersion Trip to New York City, the Department of Theatre & Dance sponsored this year’s Spring Break Immersion Trip to Ashland, Oregon and the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

  • Teatro Catalina 2017

    The 2017 Teatro Catalina arts service trip to Chinendega, Nicaragua was a transformative experience for eight current SCU students and three Theater & Dance alumni, lead by faculty advisor Claire Calalo. Every partnership between Santa Clara University and this program is unique, and this year proved to be a milestone for the collaboration in many ways.

  • Teatro Catalina 2018

    In late January we found out that Teatro Catalina wanted us to spend a week exploring the art of devised theatre with their Nicaraguan Theatre Company. A departure from previous trips where each show had been centered around a theme, this play would be developed from their own personal stories...

  • Spring Immersion Trip to New York

    The Theatre & Dance department hosted its annual Spring Break Artistic Immersion Trip to New York again in 2019. Our large and active alumni network in NYC helped to provide some once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our current Junior and Senior students.

David Popalisky (Theatre and Dance) and Rich Barber (Physics) conducted a two-day teacher's workshop on the Physics of Dance in Panama City Florida 21-22 June, funded by Florida State University and organized by Ginger Littleton, FSU Panama City STEM Institute Director. The attendees were elementary through high school teachers and included a retired university college professor and a PhD student experienced in Chinese dance. The workshop content, based on David and Rich's Core Curriculum Science class taught at SCU, served teachers looking for ideas on how to enhance the science curriculum in their schools, hit hard by Hurricane Michael in October 2019. David led participants in horizontal and vertical accelerations and rotations, or runs, leaps, jumps and turns. Then Rich shared analysis of their graphed plots of these motions. Participants created and presented small group dances followed by insightful physical analysis of their movements, just like SCU students in the Physics of Dance class. Rich and David concluded their keynote speech on the Friday by unveiling their new Physics of Dance website designed to further share course content with teachers.

Aug 5, 2019
  • Celebrating 20 years of Charisma

    The annual student-led devised theatre performance explores spirituality and existence while combining art, music, and dance, with the spoken word.

  • Bringing Emotion to the Stage

    Student choreographers tap into contemporary topics such as motherhood, human trafficking, and more during this year’s Choreographers’ Gallery.

  • From the Page to the Stage

    Vicky Pham ’23 reflects on her experience writing A Seat at the Table and working with BD Wong to produce the play on campus