About the Department

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.

The Performing Arts Department at WashU

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.

Meet WashU’s new ballet master, Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Meet WashU’s new ballet master, Antonio Douthit-Boyd

In digital worlds and on physical stages, directors invite audiences into the story

In digital worlds and on physical stages, directors invite audiences into the story

2023 - 2024
Production Season

 

 

 

Click here to see our upcoming 2023-2024 Season
Into the Woods cast