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Prospective Students

Welcome to California State University Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre and Dance

We are located in Carson, CA and are well situated between LA and Orange countries. With prime industry access in both marketplaces. We are a great commuter school which makes it convenient for working and going to school. If you choose to live on campus, we have great accommodations with traditional dorms as well as apartments.

What makes the department of Theatre & Dance outstanding is our engagement with student success. Our faculty takes the time to get to know students, helping them develop their skills and interests, exposes them to new opportunities, and helps create their professional network so they are motivated and prepared upon graduation.

We have a culturally and professionally diverse faculty that is committed to training and providing performance opportunities for BIPOC students. Each year, we are committed to producing main stage theatre and dance productions for marginalized people. This includes a focus on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ works. We regularly bring in guest artists to work with our students, help them learn new skills, and connect them with professionals in the industry.

Dance currently produces two mainstage dance performances each year; one of which uses only student choreographers. We also offer other dance performance opportunities both on campus and off, through MOSAIC, our dance company. As well as through our involvement with the American College Dance Association conferences. Auditions are only required for the dance concerts (not classes), and college credit is garnered for participation. While we offer great fundamental dance technique classes, such as ballet, jazz, and modern, we also regularly offer hip hop, tap, social dance, middle eastern, African, and Latin classes. Majors and minors will also be provided courses such as choreography, dance history, dance production, and other courses in technical theatre.

We offer two Mainstage productions in our 440 seat University Theatre and two productions in our intimate Black Box Edison Theatre. We offer additional performance opportunities for our students beyond our regular production season. Recent productions include Confessions of Women from East L.A., Hairspray, Seven Guitars, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Surge of Power (a debut devised work on BLM), Asuncion. We participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) with strong performance outcomes and opportunities for a majority of our students. We have a growing Technical Theatre program with student design opportunities as well as a strong pathway to the professional world.

A benefit of our department is that there is no audition requirement for admission into our majors or minors.Teatro Dominguez, formed in 1991, is a multicultural theatre company dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural understanding on campus and in the surrounding community. Our play readings, workshops and folktale-based shows are often written by students and performed in local schools.The New African Grove Black Theatre Program: 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 ethnic groups.

So, come join us at CSU Dominguez Hills in the Department of Theatre and Dance. We have a place just for you.

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