Department of Music and Theatre

Mission Statement of the Theatre 

The goal of the Theatre Program at California State University, Bakersfield is to develop the skills, craft, knowledge and imagination of its students within a liberal arts context. This broad preparation at the undergraduate level develops a foundation for any theatre specialization. Our aim is to help our students acquire the skills necessary to succeed in their future pursuits. The curriculum includes courses in performance, design/technology, dramatic literature/theatre history, Theatre for Youth, directing and playwriting. An integral part of a student’s training is regular participation in our season of theatrical productions. As on-campus performances are open to the public and touring performances reach thousands of local school children each year, enhancing the quality of life of the community is also a very important part of the Theatre Program’s mission.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare students for career opportunities in theatre and related fields.
  • To develop skills in cooperation, communication, and collaboration through the theatrical process.
  • To develop critical thinking and writing skills through the study of theatre’s contribution to civilization.
  • To prepare students to work independently in a disciplined and productive manner.