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Department of Performing Arts

Degrees and programs in arts management, audio technology, dance, music, & theatre.

Performing Arts Department

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Performance & Ensemble Auditions

Upcoming Events

Overture
Directed by Tara Giordano
Musical Direction by Kristin Stowell
Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center
September 30, 8 p.m. October 1, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, and senior citizens (55 and older), $15 general admission.

Overture welcomes to the stage AU’s newest actors from the dynamic class of 2026. Showcasing the unique talents of its performers, this production features music, text, and movement assembled and devised by the student company, in collaboration with faculty director Tara Giordano.

Everybody
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Christopher Michael Richardson
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
October 20–21, 8 p.m., October 22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins brilliantly reimagines the fifteenth-century play Everyman for our times. When Death summons Everybody to go on one final journey, they scramble to find someone to accompany them. Everybody is like an onstage lottery—you'll never see the same show twice. With a lively cast of characters like “Friendship” and “Stuff,” this irreverent play full of heart asks us what really matters in the end.

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News & Notes

  • Audio Technology: Alumni Kyle Murdock (CAS '21), a sound designer at VICE Audio, won a Third Coast International Audio Festival award for podcast he composed and engineered, and a series he worked on, Authentic: The Story of Tablo, was listed as one of the year's best podcasts by Vulture.
  • Arts Management: Theatre professor emerita Caleen Jennings wrote Wanda's Way, which premiered at the Logan Festival of Solo Performance at 1st Stage in Tysons, Virginia in summer 2022. The performance was reviewed by DC Theater Arts.
  • Dance: Professorial Lecturer Ama Law performs at the Kennedy Center's National Dance Day celebration as part of Project ChArma, a collective of teaching artists, hip hop guardians, DMV representatives, parents, lovers, achievers, students, and hip hop ambassadors who promote social change through movement.
  • Music: Professor Nancy Snider was awarded a $12,500 Koster Foundation Summer Study Grant from The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation, Inc.
  • Theatre/Musical Theatre: Professor Aaron Posner directed The Rivals at American Players Theatre in summer 2022 in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Department Contacts

General Performing Arts
Richard Streeks at 202-885-3422 or streeks@american.edu
Arts Management
Andrew Taylor at 202-885-1601 or etaylor@american.edu
Audio Technology
Michael Harvey at 202-885-6302 or mharvey@american.edu
Dance
Erin Foreman-Murray at 202-885-3942 or danceprogram@american.edu
Music
Ann Kang at 202-885-3859 or akang@american.edu
Theatre/Musical Theatre
Karl Kippola at 202-885-3464 or kippola@american.edu

AU Orchestra and Band Play the Ukrainian Anthem

To show solidarity and support for Ukraine, the American University Orchestra and Band in Washington, DC recorded the Ukrainian National Anthem on March 2, 2022.

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