Theatre and Dance Department

Black Cat Cabaret Show poster
 Season Poster 13-14   




   Congratulations to our Winter 2014 Theatre Graduates!

            Torin Lusebrink                            Audrey Surprenant

 Picture of Grad Cap
     Congratulations to our Spring 2013 Theatre Graduates!
 Spring 2013 Graduates

 Other Events


 Trojan Women 2.0 
 A Look Behind the Scenes -
 Check it out on YouTube. 



 Theatre Major Wins Young Scholar Award

 Theatre Major Gabbie Koizumi and Dance Minor, Misty Moyle win awards from Cal Poly Arts.
 Gabbie received her award for Service to the Arts and Misty received her award for  Excellence in Original Work for interpretive dance. 

Theatre major Gabbie Koizumi has won the 2013 Young Scholar's Award in the Undergraduate Category for the Southeastern Theatre          conference (SETC) with her paper, Living through Lucy: An Analysis of "Lucy Long" and the Song's Social Implications in Antebellum America, which she wrote for TH 320: Black Theatre class Spring quarter 2012.


 Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company Gives 'Gala Performance' at Regional Festival

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Scholarship Winners

Carol Channing:           Melissa Frye
Beatrice Rice:               Alyssa Saucedo
J. Murray Smith:           Kimberlee Vandenburg
Kathleen Fischer:          Audrey Surprenant & Torin Lusebrink

Paul and Dr. Moon Ja Minn Suhr Award:
Gabrielle Koizumi

 Check out!  Central Coast Center for Arts Education website


News and Events

Norm Tiber passing - March 28, 2014

The Department is deeply saddened by our beloved faculty member Norm Tiber. Norm taught Ballroom Dance, Tango and International Folk Dance. He will be greatly missed.

Norm and Anne Tiber

Donations can be made to the Dance Program, in Honor of Norm Tiber.

See Tribune link for story.

Open House 2014
April 10, 11, 12

All CLA Majors meet with Dean Douglas L. Epperson, Associate Dean for Student Success - Penny Bennet, Faculty and Students,  Friday April 11 @ 1 - 2:15 p.m. Bldg 6, Rm. 101(Performing Arts Center, Harman Hall). 

Professor Josh Machamer will pick up admitted Theatre students in the (Performing Arts Center, Harman Hall) @ 2:15 p.m on Friday April 11 and will escort them back to the Theatre Open House meeting in Bldg 45, Rm #212, 2:15 - 4:00 p.m.

College of Liberal Arts - Perfect Candidates 

    Open House Poster 2014


Coming Soon: "Black Cat Cabaret"

May, 8 - 10,  8PM
May, 15 - 17, 8PM


A self-generated, Cabaret style, Collective exhibition, harkening back to the days of Le Chat Noir and its progression into the now…utilizing a mixture of dance, dialogue, music and movement.

Directed by Professor, Christy McNeil. 

"Black Cat Cabaret" Cast List:

Thank you to everyone who shoed up to auditions. There were so many talented people who auditioned. 
Missy Frye - Stage Manager

Man: Aron Daw
Woman: Kate Heiting
Musician: Benjamin King
Swiss Guard: Ethan McDaniel
Bartender: Jenny Nelson
Drag Queen: CJ Gormley
Donette: Sarah Rou

Featured Dancers: 
   * William Bassett
   *  Taylor Santero
   *  Candice Walton
   *  Keelan Dann

Poet: Laura Parker
Songstress: Brigitte Losey
Artist: Evan Camacho
House Warmers/ Ensemble:

    * Jake Malloy
    * Sabrina Orro


Tickets will soon go on sale 


On Thursday Feb 27th at 11- Bldg 45 rm 212, Students' Stage and director Christy McNeil will be hosting a Q&A for the main stage play BLACK CAT CABARET.  Join them if you have an interest. 

Black Cat Cabaret Show times:


 Black Cat Cabaret Audition poster


Contact Christy At:


Theatre Production Season 2013-2014

Cross Roads - Fall 2013

Written and Directed by Dr. Al Schnupp

An outcast family travels through time and meets a host of bizarre and eccentric characters who forever change them.

Cross Roads Reviews

New Times 

As You Like It - Winter 2014

Written William Shakespeare, Directed by Josh Machamer

Banishment turns to delight as Rosalind and Orlando discover a joyous world of comedic wonder within the ancient boughs of this magical, liberating forest.  Shakespeare's beloved comedy showcases the madness of love, the celebration of wooing and the unexpected freedom found with Arden. 

 New Times Feature  "As You Like It"

 Black Cat Cabaret

Directed by Christy McNeil

A self-generated, cabaret syle, collective exhibition, harkening back to the days of Le Chat Noir and it's progression into the now... utilizing a mixture of dance, dialogue, music, and movement.





KCACTF Region VIII Spring
Kennedy Center America College Theatre Festival.


Keep watching as we update our 2013 & 14 production season...


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Welcome to the Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department Web site. As you navigate this site, you can access information regarding both the academic and the production sides of the BA Theatre Program and the Dance Program. Please take time to explore the links provided on our Web site. We pride ourselves on providing students a high quality, hands-on educational experience. Our Liberal Arts-based program allows students enough flexibility to explore the broad range of subject matter offered at the university and still graduate in four years. Please contact us if you have any unanswered questions or just want to let us know that you have visited the site.

Thank you for your interest.

Tim Dugan

Professor Tim Dugan
Chair, Theatre and Dance Department


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