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Each summer, in addition to offering over 700 summer courses and travel study, pre-college, Freshmen Summer Start and new transfer student 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 2015 Cultural Events Schedule


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

Mon and Wed evenings beginning June 30 - July 22 / 5pm Hatlen Theater & 7pm 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.



Over the Rainbow: Great American Movie Musicals

Singin' in the Rain
Isla Vista Theater, Wed, July 8th, 7:30 pm
County Courthouse, Fri, July 10th, 8:30pm

The Wizard of Oz
Isla Vista Thetaer, Wed, July 15th,7:30 pm
County Courthouse, Fri, July 17th, 8:30pm

West Side Story
Isla Vista Theater, Wed, July 22nd, 7:30 pm
County Courthouse, Fri, July 24th, 8:30pm

An American in Paris
Isla Vista Theater, Wed, July 29th, 7:30 pm
County Courthouse, Fri, July 31st, 8:30pm

Mary Poppins
Isla Vista Theater, Wed, August 5th, 7:30 pm

The Sound of Music
Isla Vista Theater, Wed, August 12th, 7:30 pm
County Courthouse, Fri, August 14th, 8:30pm

Isla Vista Theater, Wed, Augsut 19th, 7:30 pm
County Courthouse, Fri, August 21st, 8:30pm


ART: Exhibition as Medium

Opening Reception: July 6th
Closing Reception: July 29th

Film Screening: TBD
Lecture: TBD
Workshop 1: TBD
Workshop 2: TBD

Exhibition as Medium is an event series comprised of art exhibitions, film screening, lectures, and student workshops led by UCSB Art Department Curators-in-Residence Lauren Mackler, Erik Martinson, and Department of Art Lecturer Alice Wang.

The series explores the practice of exhibition-making through the idea of pairings ?? juxtapositions that are complimentary or contradictory. Incorporating hands-on experiments and guest lectures with art exhibitions and a film screening, UCSB students will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge practitioners in the field of curatorial practice. Together with the guest curators and UCSB faculty, students will investigate the rich and shifting space between artworks in the exhibition context, the relationship between the black box versus the white cube, and the translation of the 3D into another experience on the page.


PLAY: Kan Balaam

July 9th, 6-8pm
Studio Theater
Free and Open to All

Kan Balaam (Serpent-Jaguar) refers to the Mayan belief of opposite forces. The Serpent is associated with Kukulkan (Mayan god of Creation) and symbolizes sun, fertility, and life. In direct opposition is Balaam (Jaguar) who represents night, death and darkness.

“Kan Balaam” SERPENT/JAGUAR is a play by Carlos Morton and Elvira Sanchez-Blake and will be performed in the Studio Theater with a live Marimba Band.



Wed, July 29 / 8:00pm / HSSB Ballet Studio Theater / Tickets:
Thurs, July 30 / 8:00pm / HSSB Ballet Studio Theater / Tickets:


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.

The "A" Train
August 6th, 7:30pm

Too Much Water
August 13th, 7:30pm

April 4, 1964
August 20th, 7:30pm


Fri, August 21 / 7:00pm / Pollock Theater / FREE

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: Naked Shakes Production

Performance in early September in Hatlen Theater. More information coming soon.

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.


PERFORMANCE: The Odyssey Project

September 13th / 2:00pm / Center Stage Theater / Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara / 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: