Jenna Valez dancing on a roof

Jenna Valez (she/her) is an artist, dancer, educator, and yogi who currently resides in San Francisco, CA. Sonoma State is where Jenna first began to believe...Read the full story >

Farrah McAdam and Marie Ramirez Downing headshots

We are excited to announce that Dance Faculty, Farrah McAdam and Acting Faculty, Marie Ramirez Downing have been selected as Koret Scholar Award recipients for their upcoming research and creative work....Read the full story >


The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance offers students a home where they can seek their potential and develop their voices as artists, through the study and collaborative creation of live performance. We believe in a world where the artist is transformative, essential and engaged.

Our programs develop graduates who bring optimistic leadership and vision to the performing arts. They stand on these core principles:

Student centered - We believe first and foremost in creating experiences that serve our students’ needs and passions.

Rigorous - We believe that performance training can inspire us to the highest standards of professionalism and personal achievement.

Engaging - We believe in making work that has value beyond the dance and theatre world and directly engages our campus and local community.