Sonoma State University, Masking in Place, Spring 2020, THAR 320D

The final project for THAR 320D created a video together during the final weeks of the semester. The acting course focuses on masked performance and the practice,...Read the full story >

Marie Ramirez Downing headshot

Marie Ramirez Downing comes to us from California State University, Chico where she taught Voice, Movement, Acting, Political Theatre and Performance of Identity.  She has been...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.