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Department of Theater

Delve into global theater studies and hands-on practice within a premier professional school setting.


Our students become well-rounded artists and researchers by immersing themselves in their chosen areas as well as exploring the other creative disciplines that are available.

Located between ocean and mountains, grit and glamour, the Theater Department welcomes students to Los Angeles with a rigorous program combining UCLA’s academic excellence and the School of Theater, Film and Television’s professional school training.

We are committed to bringing world-class university research to the grand challenges facing the world of theater and performance today by fostering an ever-diversifying community of playwrights, designers, directors, scholars, and performers. Through deep engagement with the changing landscape of contemporary performance, diverse and dynamic faculty leadership, and creative collaboration across the campus and Los Angeles’ communities, UCLA Theater showcases the future of performance.

Michelle Liu Carriger
Chair, Department of Theater; Associate Professor

Theater Season –
Upcoming Performances

The Time of Your Life

In 1939 this play was a meditation on class and race according to the legible markers of that time period. Doing this play in 2023 would require a careful examination of what those markers are at this time. Seeking an ensemble of actors with heightened language skills who are interested in exploring identity issues of America utilizing the language and setting of 1939 through the lens of today.


November 16 – 21, 2023

Little Theater

Bruin Fringe Fest

A festival of short student-generated pieces directed by and featuring undergraduate students from UCLA Department of Theater. This workshop setting is modeled after fringe festivals around the world that celebrate new and innovative art.


Weeks 5-7

Macgowan 1330

Project II: The Guadalupes


February 8 – 10 @ 7 pm

Macgowan 1330

Actors Showcase

This annual event spotlights the talents of UCLA TFT acting students, both undergraduate and graduate.

Theater Internships

Get a head start on your career! Internships are open to enrolled juniors, seniors and graduate students from UCLA TFT and the university at large.

UCLA General Catalog

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