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Department of Performing Arts

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

Performing Arts Department

Program Auditions

Learn more about auditioning for entrance into DPA degree programs:

Audition for Performance Opportunities

Learn more about auditioning for musical ensembles, dance, and theatre:
Performance & Ensemble Auditions

Upcoming Events

DPA Welcome Back Night 
Wednesday, August 31, 8 p.m. 
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center 

Meet with students and faculty and learn more about opportunities in the Department of Performing Arts including majors, minors, productions, and ensembles. All interested are welcome to attend!

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: Arts Management alumnae Quanice G. Floyd (CAS '16), co-founder and director of the Arts Administrators of Color network, shared her influences, industry outlook, and advice with Inside Philanthropy.
  • Dance: Professor Erin Foreman-Murray spoke to WERA 96.7 Arlington about dance and embodied curiosity.
  • 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 directs 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
Arts Management
Andrew Taylor at 202-885-1601 or
Audio Technology
Michael Harvey at 202-885-6302 or
Erin Foreman-Murray at 202-885-3942 or
Ann Kang at 202-885-3859 or
Theatre/Musical Theatre
Karl Kippola at 202-885-3464 or

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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