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A wealth of production opportunities is offered to students. This includes major productions directed by faculty or distinguished visiting artists each quarter, productions directed or choreographed by students, and faculty-directed workshops. Undergraduate students are also given the opportunity to see their own writing, choreography, or intermediate concepts put into production in annual festivals of student work. Although majors are given preference in studio courses, most courses and productions welcome nonmajors as well. Opportunities to study and perform non-Western as well as Euro-American traditions are also a significant part of the program.
Majors who wish to intensify their study of one particular theater arts area before seeking admission to MFA or PhD graduate programs, or work with professional companies are encouraged to apply to the department's Master's of Arts Program.
A unique resource for UCSC students is Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Acknowledged to be one of the leading Shakespeare festivals in the country, SSC was founded in 1982 to foster links between modern scholarship and contemporary professional theater practice. SSC's annual summer festival presents the works of Shakespeare in thematic context with other great plays of the world stage, performed, designed, and directed by professionals from all over the country. SSC offers undergraduates various opportunities to work in conjunction with theater professionals through its summer intern program, its winter holiday production (in fall quarter), and Shakespeare-to-Go, a 45-minute Shakespeare outreach production in which students perform and tour (during spring quarter) for audiences throughout Santa Cruz county and beyond.
For a listing of some of the production opportunities available by specialty (design, acting, etc.) please see this page here.