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Department of Performing Arts

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

Performing Arts Department

Announcements

Fall 2020 Update: As American University moves toward a blended in-person and online learning community in Fall 2020, the five programs that comprise the Department of Performing Arts – Arts Management, Audio Technology, Dance, Music, and Theatre/Musical Theatre – are committed to a dynamic, connected, expressive, and fulfilling experience for all of our majors, minors, and participating students. Download our "Performing Arts Playbook" (pdf) to learn how!

Nancy Snider was awarded a $12,500 Koster Foundation Summer Study Grant from The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation, Inc.

Distinguished artist in residence Aaron Posner won the 2020 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play for Life Sucks.

Richard Streeks won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Staff for being incredibly supportive and responsive to many varied demands of the Department of Performing Arts.

Arts management professor Andrew Taylor spoke with the Washington Post about the effects of COVID-19 shutdowns on the Kennedy Center and other performance venues.

Dance professorial lecturer Erin Foreman-Murray spoke to WERA 96.7 Arlington about dance and embodied curiosity.

Dance professor Robert Woofter premiered “electric idols” at the Kennedy Center’s new REACH Campus. Musician-in-residence Yuliya Gorenman was interviewed in the Roanoke Times and Seattle Spokesman-Review.

Theatre professor Caleen Jennings won the the first-ever AU Faculty Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Arts management alum Monica Jeffries Hazangeles was named one of the most powerful women in Washington by Washingtonian magazine.

Adjunct music professor Katherine Riddle won the Marc Blitzstein award at the Lotte Lenya Competition for vocalists.

Auditions

Scheduling for degree program auditions for Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Music are now available via our new DPA application portal, linked on our program audition pages:

Please see also:

Ensemble Auditions

Contacts

General Performing Arts
Richard Streeks at 202-885-3422 or streeks@american.edu
Arts Management
Ximena Varela at 202-885-3883 or varela@american.edu
Audio Technology
Michael Harvey at 202-885-6302 or mharvey@american.edu
Dance
Britta Joy Peterson at 202-885-1432 or bjp@american.edu
Music
Sean Doyle at 202-885-3287 or doyle@america.edu
Theatre/Musical Theatre
Karl Kippola at 202-885-3464 or kippola@american.edu

Faculty Experts’ Corner: Caleen Jennings

Emerita theatre professor Caleen Jennings discusses how the arts can soothe and even heal people during times of trauma and turmoil.

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