Theatre & Dance

Dear Students of the CSUDH Theatre and Dance Community:

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

March 18, 2020

Hello! Thank you for visiting the Theatre & Dance department webpage. As you know, the COVID-19 situation has brought on many rapid changes. Our commitment to promote student learning and success has not changed! Faculty and staff are all available to help you through these challenging times. Please take a moment to read the following information items:

At this time our Theatre and Dance Productions are indefinitely postponed with a possibility of cancellation. All purchased tickets have been refunded.

The Theatre & Dance Department Office:

As of March 17, faculty and staff have been asked to work remotely. This means that the Theatre & Dance department office will be closed. Because of this, phone calls do not give you the most effective way of contacting us; but if you do need to call the number is (310) 243-3588. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

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

Toro Alerts

For more information about the university's response to COVID, go to the Toro Alerts page or click the links below: