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. 

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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.   

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Take a virtual peek at the PAD Mobile Stage!

One-part medieval pageant wagon, another part theatrical RV. If being indoors is a limitation to performing safely, why not step outside and deliver the drama in fresh clean air? That is exactly what we are doing in creating this intrepid mobile stage. The PAD Wagon, designed by Robert Morgan, will allow us to bring all kinds of theatre directly to our audiences.

Ron Himes directs Opera Theatre of St. Louis production of "Highway 1, U.S.A."

Ron Himes directs Opera Theatre of St. Louis production of "Highway 1, U.S.A."

"St. Louis On The Air" Welcomes Henry I. Schvey

"St. Louis On The Air" Welcomes Henry I. Schvey