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Each summer, in addition to offering over 600 summer courses and travel study, pre-college, Freshmen and Transfer Summer Start programs, the Office of Summer Sessions fund a variety of cultural events open to the campus and surrounding community.

The Office of Summer Sessions is proud to provide support for a wide variety of events such as the Summer Film Series shown both at Campbell Hall and in the Sunken Garden at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, screenings of the work of environmental documentary films produced both by students in the Blue Horizons Environmental Media Project and world renowned documentarians, as well as a variety of plays, dance and musical concerts.

Summer 2016 Cultural Events Schedule


LECTURE SERIES: GRIT Talks -- Groundbreaking Research and Innovative Technology

Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning June 28 - July 21 / 5pm Hatlen Theater & 7:30pm Pollock Theater / FREE

A rare opportunity to spend an evening with notable UCSB scholars and researchers in a series of dynamic and enriching talks. Please see the GRIT website ( for a detailed schedule of topics and speakers.



Wednesday Nights at UCSB Campbell Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Friday Nights in the Sunken Garden at the SB County Courthouse at 8:30 p.m.


The FREE outdoor Summer Film Series in Santa Barbara returns with BOGIE & BACALL, a thrilling lineup of eight film classics centered around the great Hollywood romance of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who ignite the screen with their fiery chemistry. Bogart and Bacall defined the glamour and sophistication of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Individually, they starred in some of our most enduring films, such as the detective thriller The Maltese Falcon, cinematic masterpieces Casablanca and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and the whimsical How to Marry a Millionaire. But it was together that they captured the romantic imagination of the nation. They met while making To Have and Have Not and their palpable attraction sparked what would become a love story for the ages. Bogart and Bacall went on to star opposite each other in three more films, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo, and their passion swept the public off its feet.

Outdoor screenings take place under the stars on Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden. Bring blankets, low-back beach chairs (not to exceed 34 inches in height), a picnic dinner and your friends. Film-goers may begin setting up on the lawn on the day of the Courthouse screenings. The films also screen indoors on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall.



Date: July 27th ; July 28th - 8:00pm

Location: HSSB Ballet Studio Theater

The Summer Dance Concert consists of several choreographic works by UC faculty and guests. The concert will include lecture demonstrations by beginning modern dance and ballet students and choreographic works performed by advanced level modern, ballet and jazz students.


PLAY: Launch Pad

Featured in American Theater magazine as an innovative model of new play development in the US, LAUNCH PAD is a high-tech lab for playwrights-in-residence, aspiring theater students, faculty and guest artists.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:00pm
Staging The Daffy Dame by Anne García-Romero

In the present, on the campus of a California public university, Lupe, 30s, a Latina theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), by Lope de Vega, with a cast of four university students and two community professionals. Tempers flare as conflicts arise when the company addresses issues of race, class and gender.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
STANDBY by Christina Sian McMahon

A scene of terror. A plane in freefall, a hijacking. A woman opens her eyes in fear after meditating. Is it really happening? Or is it a delusion, like her no-nonsense nurse practitioner sister says? What is actually going on with their 64-year- old father? To find out, Carina and Audra must fly halfway across the world to the Cape Verde Islands in West Africa, where their father, Martin, has been volunteering. For Carina, an anthropologist who has built her career in Africa, it is also a journey back to trauma. The memory of a dark hour in Mozambique is still fresh in her mind – hidden from her loved ones and unhealed by her compulsive meditations. Returning to the so-called “Dark Continent� means battling her own personal and professional demons, soothing childhood wounds, and watching her father dance with death. Together they breathe deeply, and search for the truth in the trauma.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
Bad Touch by Joyce Carol Oates

An irreverent, outspoken, & deeply idealistic young woman moves to the Midwest to begin a new life teaching in the “heartland�—but her unbridled tongue & sense of humor get her in trouble. Where integrity is interpreted as a threat to the community—how can Hypathia Applebaum prevail?



Date: August 19, 2016

Location: Pollock Theater

Join us for the premiere of several engaging and topical short films by BLUE HORIZONS students that communicate vital stories of the issues surrounding the global ocean. 

This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center's Environmental Media Initiative, Department of Film and Media Studies, and UCSB Summer Sessions.

The event is free, but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.


PLAY: Much Ado About Nothing a Naked Shakes Production

UCSB's Naked Shakes' production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. Naked Shakes is now in its ninth season at UCSB, and its mission since 2006 has been to present energetic, exciting, raw, vibrant Shakespeare using the power of the actors and the language. Naked Shakes believes in the transformation of the actor and the space, along with the imaginative ability of the audience. Each play is presented clearly and directly so that the audience inhabits the imaginative world of the play through Shakespeare's language. The barren physical theater space is very important to the Naked Shakes concept; it takes on the identity of whatever locale or particular piece of poetic language is described, and yet always reminds the audience they are in a theater.

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 8:00pm
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 2:00pm
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 8:00pm

Location: Studio Theater

$17 General Admission
$13 UCSB Student/Faculty/Staff/Alumni, Non UCSB Student/Senior/Child


PERFORMANCE: The Odyssey Project

Date: September 11, 2016

Location: Center Stage Theater

Admission by invitation only, contact Michael Morgan (

The Odyssey Project is a collaborative theater process between youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara county and undergradute students from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Using the template of Homer's Odyssey, the participants gather on the university campus to explore the mythic elements in their lives in order to reconstruct the epic poem in their own voices. The project leads to a public performance at a local theater. Everyone on this creative journey is a hero or heroine. The project is designed to honor youth in identifying their heroic life mission and map a course of action. It employs theater arts as a strategy for inspiriing life affirming choices. Please see their website for additional information: