Theatre Arts & Dance

Theatre & Dance

For more information about the university's response to COVID-19, go to the Toros Together Page

Dear Students of the CSUDH Theatre and Dance Community:

AAPI Statement

The CSUDH Department of Theatre and Dance stand in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in confronting the spike in hate crimes. We are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of all people touched by the acts of xenophobic terrorism that is taking place all over the country, but most recently the terrorist attacks in Atlanta that took the lives of 8 innocent people. We demand accountability from our elected authorities and leaders and urge all of our faculty, staff, and students to stand in solidarity in raising our voices against white supremacy terrorism. We mourn the loss of Soon C. Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong A. Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng and join their families and friends in demanding a stop to racist domestic terrorism. We strive to be a department that celebrates our diversity and believe that our differences are what make us strong. We must put a stop to AAPI hate and racism.

Black Lives Matter Statement

Black lives matter. This is a phrase we are seeing everywhere now, but we at the Department want to emphasize its deep meaning for us today. The phrase brings focus to the prejudices, injustices and racism suffered by the black community since the origins of America. That story is one of physical brutality, senseless death and systemic oppression. We believe that the intention behind that phrase is not to divide us, but to appeal to our common humanity and create a healthy learning environment where diverse voices are not only heard, but also celebrated. We know that we can and must do better to support our Black and Brown students, faculty, staff and alumni. We want to act for justice, to work toward equality, and to listen more closely to understand the diverse experiences of our students. With the artistic dedication of our mission to tell stories that foster empathy for all peoples, Theatre and Dance can be an example of the change we want to see not only in our university, but also in communities around us, and thus we pledge to denounce racism, bigotry and violence in all its forms. We firmly believe that all lives won’t matter unless Black Lives Matter.

Thank you,

Department of Theatre and Dance


Theatre & Dance updates regarding COVID-19

August 27, 2020

Thank you for visiting the Theatre & Dance department webpage. While we are still in the midst of the Coronavirus, we continue to honor our commitment to promote student learning and success. Faculty and staff continue to be available to to help you through these challenging times. Emailing your faculty is the most effective way of contacting us, but if you do need to call, the office number is (310) 243-3588. Leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Most of our classes will be held online through Zoom and there will even be a few hybrid/face to face classes. We are moving forward with auditions for our upcoming theatre and dance productions with more information to be found on our website. Join us for a new adventure in Theatre and Dance.

Contact Information

Email is the best way to contact us! If you have questions regarding your Theatre or Dance classes, you should contact your instructors directly. If you want more general information and want to email the department, it’s a good idea to include the administrative support staff and the department chair:

One of us will get back to you as soon as we can.


We will continue to advise students as best we can. All students should seek advisement before enrolling in fall 2020 classes and for those who anticipate graduating soon. The following information may help:

Theatre Major & Minor Advisors

Students (A to K):
Bill DeLuca, Professor, Theatre Arts

Students (L to Z):
Donis Leonard, Professor, Theatre Arts

Dance Majors & Minor Advisor

Doris Ressl, Dance
Theatre & Dance Productions for Spring 2020
Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and stay healthy!

-Doris Ressl, Chair Department of Theatre & Dance