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Department of Performing Arts

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

Performing Arts Department



News & Notes

Assistant Professor Carl Menninger’s Chicago production of The Boys in the Band leads Jeff Award Nominations with seven nods, including Best Director and Best Play.

Associate Professor Aaron Posner reports on the impact COVID-19 has had on theaters and him personally.

Professor Emerita Caleen Sinnette Jennings' autobiographically inspired play "Queens Girl in the World" was featured in an article in the Ithaca Times.

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.

Department Contacts

General Performing Arts
Richard Streeks at 202-885-3422 or
Arts Management
Ximena Varela at 202-885-3883 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
A conductor caught in barbed wire leads a choir

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AU Chamber Singers Featured in Defiant Requiem Performance at the Strathmore Music Center

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Cast on stage in Fefu and her Friends

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'Curious, Playful, and Compassionate' — Fefu and Her Friends Take the Stage

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$1 Million NSF Grant for Immersive Filmmaking

Audio technology professor Braxton Boren among principal investigators for grant to establish volumetric capture studio.

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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.

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.