Education and Outreach Programs

The Theatre and Dance program participates with local schools and other community organizations in the following ways:

Teatro Dominguez, our multi-cultural theatre company, connects all areas of diversity, gender, age, and offers support and fundraising events for causes such as victims from Katrina, womens shelters, cancer survivors, etc. Also, many of the plays and readings are written by students and faculty involved in Teatro. Many of these plays are performed in elementary schools with a focus on educating students about current events. Teatro Dominguez, formed in 1991 by Professor Bill Deluca, serves as a university-wide community service program dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural understanding on campus and in the surrounding community. Students from many disciplines throughout the university work with Theatre Arts students to create educational programs that perform in local elementary schools.

The Mosaic Dance Company is a semi-professional touring dance company comprised of students at CSUDH. Guest artists, faculty members, and students set works on the company which are performed in concerts on campus and in the surrounding community. Auditions for the company are held at the end of spring semester and the beginning of the fall semester. Company members are required to audition every year. Through a variety of dance styles, the Mosaic Dance Company provides a professional training experience for the students involved and provides dance education and performances to underserved populations in the community.

The New African Grove Black Theatre Program brings play performances and readings to local schools and presents productions that highlight the African-American experience of the past 200 years. Our program has presented shows such as Pearl Cleages Flyin West, August Wilsons Jitney, and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury.

Under the Artistic direction of Donis Leonard, the NAACP Award winning New African Grove Black Theatre Program (BTP), is committed to staging works by new and established African-American dramatists, that illuminate the African-American experience for people of all ages and ethic groups. In addition to staging plays, the BTP also offers special topics courses, guest artist workshops, educational tours, and community outreach throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Toro Forensics, an award-winning team from the Speech Program under the leadership of Shaunte' Caraballo, competes annually in Public Speaking, Debate, and Oral Interpretation Tournaments. In 2016 our students won top honors at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Tournament.