About the Department

In the Performing Arts Department, rigorous instruction in theater, dance, and performance enriches our students creatively and intellectually. We showcase the artistic and scholarly achievement of our faculty and students, and give students the opportunities for personal growth that only a performing arts education can provide.

Our dance and drama events put students center stage, enhancing the cultural life of the Washington University community with vibrant productions and scholarly events that reach thousands of audience members each year.

Our Community

Our faculty are award-winning artists, scholars, and educators widely recognized for excellence in their fields. We offer rigorous instruction in modern and classical traditions of dance, and in every major discipline of theatrical art. With our accomplished faculty, students can take multiple levels of classes in acting, directing, playwriting, scenic design, costume design, and theatrical lighting. Our scholars bring expertise in the literature, history, and theory of performance from Antiquity to the twenty-first century.  Across all these diverse specialties, we are unified by a commitment to fostering independent creative thought, and to equipping students with what they need to thrive artistically and intellectually after graduation.

COVID-19 policies for patrons

All patrons 12 years and older will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination or provide a negative COVID test upon arrival at the venue. If you are a WashU student, faculty, or staff member, you may show your WashU ID as proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test.

For all Productions, all attendees are required to complete a health screener within 4 hours of arrival to campus. Be prepared to show the “Cleared for Campus” result to event staff upon arrival.
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Masks are to be worn at all times while indoors on the Wash U campus. That includes the Edison lobby area, restrooms, and while seated in the theater.

2021 - 2022
Production Season

This year we celebrate resilience. Knowing that our creative endeavors are most fully realized when spectators and performers are co-present, we have once again planned an in-person season. As you’ll see, our dance and drama events find several ways to cite what we have all been through. 

View or download our 2021-2022 Season Brochure
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The Performing Arts Department introduces

The Virtual Platform

A virtual venue for dance, drama and vocal video productions, as well as radio plays.   

visit our virtual platform
Movement and meaning: Tracing 200 years of change in the human body

Movement and meaning: Tracing 200 years of change in the human body

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You Can Go Home Again