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Our Mission Statement & Statement of Diversity

Our Mission Statement

The UCSC Theater Arts Department collectively embodies a process of rigorous experimentation and socially conscious analysis to create equitable, accessible, and interdisciplinary performance and scholarship. We are deeply committed to making performance that speaks to the current moment, disrupts oppressive narratives of the past and present, and re-centers historically marginalized communities through stories, structures, aesthetics, and rituals. 

We strive in our department to put our practice at the forefront of the evolving cultures and identities of our society by immersing students in production, history, theory, and craft. We integrate these aspects with intersectional feminist, decolonial, and new media strategies and principles to help shape the performance-makers of the future. UCSC Theatre Arts students defy traditional categorization: experimenting with theory on our multiple stages, learning technique in our studios and shops, and bringing activism, artistry, and agency to their work onstage and beyond.

Statement on Social Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

UC Santa Cruz is an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) that is located on unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe (for full land acknowledgement please go here). We acknowledge the harm that settler colonization has caused and acknowledge ways we as a higher education institution and department have benefited from and perpetuated this harm. We are committed to performance, scholarship, and pedagogy that affirms Indegenous sovereignty and transforms the relationships between land and bodies, hearts and minds. 

The UCSC Theater Arts Department acknowledges unequivocally that Black Lives Matter. We are committed to an anti-racist and decolonial educational ethos that fosters an artistic environment that is accessible to and in solidarity with communities fighting for justice. We acknowledge that the multiplicity and intersectionality of gender, race, cultural affiliation, citizenship status, disability, neurodiversity, sexuality, religion, and economic class is necessary for excellence in our field. We continue to be critical of how white supremacy, settler colonialism, ableism, transphobia, classism, and hetero-patriarchy show up in our curriculum, productions, and hiring practices, as we acknowledge that oppressive ideas and practices have resulted in past harm and that undoing these practices is vital to our students, scholarship, and performance.