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Department of Performing Arts

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

Performing Arts Department

Auditions


Upcoming Performances

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  • INTERFERENCE new music collective
    December 2, 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Gallery 2021: Dance Capstone
    December 4, various times
  • AU Chorus
    December 4 & 5
  • AU Jazz: Fall for Jazz 2021
    December 10
 

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 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
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

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.

Child with virtual reality headset

$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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Candace Scarborough in already there, photographed by Lauren Jessica Brown

Britta Joy Peterson’s “already there” Premieres at Kennedy Center

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