Coming soon: the spring 2020 Music & Theatre Events flyer!

Our Upcoming Theatre Production

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The Who's Tommy
Music and Lyrics by Pete Townsend
Book by Pete Townsend and Des McAnuff
Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon
Directed by Mandy Rees

The Who's classic '60s rock opera, Tommy is translated to the stage into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind, theatrical event.  After witnessing a terrible incident, young Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and as he grows, he suffers abuse from those around him. As an adolescent, he's found to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar who is worshipped and adored. Pete Townshend's tale of a young boy's journey from pain to triumph is an incredibly electrifying evening of rock and roll theatre! Note this performance contains adult themes and is not suitable for children.

Thursday-Saturday, March 5, 6, 7 at 8pm
Friday-Saturday, March 13, 14 at 8pm
Sunday, March 15 at 2pm

Doré Theatre 

$15 General Admission
$10 Seniors (60+)/CSUB Faculty & Staff
$7 Students with identification

Buying tickets: 
1) Pre-sale tickets can be bought on-line two weeks before the first performance. See info in the sidebar at the right of this page, under the yellow ticket.
2) You can reserve tickets by calling this number two weeks before the first performance: (661) 654-3150. 
3) The box office opens one hour before each performance and accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.

Parking is free in the lot in front of the theatre.

Future Productions

See details about our exciting 2019-2020 Theatre season at this link!

Shows include:

The Who's Tommy: March 5-7, 13-15, 2020
Theatre of New Voices (premiere of student original plays): April 2-5, 2020
Spring Theatre Senior Projects: May 12, 2020

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The  Theatre Program is part of CSUB's Music & Theatre Department. To check out the Music Program, go to

We are in the School of Arts & Humanities. To check out the School website, go to

Theatre works beautifully in conjunction with my English major. I am drawn to the exciting classes, productions, faculty, and opportunities available. Here, you get a chance to perform in main-stage productions, work with talented faculty that know the business, and get opportunities to not only grow as an actor, but as a designer, director, and person. Choosing to major in Theatre at CSUB has made all the difference in my undergraduate career and I wouldn't change a thing— except maybe deciding to double major sooner!
—Taylor Clark, Class of 2020

"Studying at the CSUB Theatre Department allowed me to experiment with projects and roles that shaped the actor I am today. They gave me space and tools to create art —regardless of size and scope — always encouraging creativity, spontaneity and hard work. I was lucky to have what I did in the theatre program at CSUB and continually draw on my time there for inspiration."

—Jeff Lepine, Artistic Director of The Peoples Improv Theater, NYC

"CSUB Theatre cultivates artists as they take responsibility for and initiative in their craft. It offers support and countless possibilities for students who are committed to growth."

—Miguel Torres, CSU Fullerton MFA Program



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• Tickets are sold on-line starting two weeks prior to the event.

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Come Study With Us!

CSUB Theatre can offer you the following:

  • small class sizes allowing individual attention from dedicated, experienced faculty
  • opportunities to perform, design, direct, stage manage
  • a lively production program including a Theatre for Young Audiences tour and Theatre of New Voices—a new play festival
  • training in acting, design, directing, creative dramatics
  • a solid foundation in theatre history, literature and script analysis

We take pride in turning out well-rounded members of the theatre community.

Contact Us

Music and Theatre Department
CSU Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022 

Department Office: Music Bldg., Room 105
Phone: (661) 654-3093

FAX: (661) 654-6901 

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