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Welcome from the Chair

Elon’s Department of Performing Arts has earned a strong national reputation for conservatory-style training grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. We offer pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Acting, Dance and Music Theatre, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatrical Design and Production led by a vibrant faculty that combines years of international professional experience with a passion for teaching. These four programs accept a limited number of new majors each year so you will receive the personal, one-on-one attention necessary for you to develop and realize your potential.

New This Year: We are implementing a new process for admission to these programs. It all begins with an online pre-screening through the services of Acceptd (www.getacceptd.com). We will evaluate the submissions and invite the most qualified candidates to campus for a live audition/interview.

We also offer a B.A. degree in Theatre Studies. This open-enrollment degree program is more flexible than the pre-professional programs, allowing students to explore double-majors in addition to studying the art form they love. Additionally, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Dance Science. No audition is required for either degree program.

In our field, there is no substitute for production experience. Throughout your academic career at Elon, you will have the chance to participate on stage and behind the scenes in a variety of productions, from major faculty-directed productions to student-directed shows, ensembles and workshops.

Our department is housed in the Center for the Arts, a 75,000-square-foot facility specifically designed for teaching and performance. The Center for the Arts includes the 575-seat McCrary Theatre, 125-seat Yeager Recital Hall and 100-seat Black Box Theatre, in addition to three dance studios, modular practice rooms and studios, scenery and costume shops, and much more. We are very pleased to announce the opening of our newest facility, the 13,500 square foot Scott Studios-home to the Roberts Studio Theatre (a 200 seat flexible space), a large rehearsal hall/dance studio, several practice rooms and shop facilities.

Many of our students leave our program with professional credits on their resumes. Through internships, summer theatre, dance work and other opportunities, you will develop significant real-world experience before you graduate from Elon.

Explore our site to learn more about the particular majors you are interested in and contact us with any questions. We invite you to join our dynamic department!

Fred Rubeck
Chair, Elon Department of Performing Arts

performing arts news

Matt Shingledecker ’08 travels from Toronto to Las Vegas in tour of 'Wicked'

Elon Music Theatre graduate adds current role in "Wicked" tour to his extensive resume of Broadway, Off-Broadway shows including "Spring Awakening," "West Side Story" and the revival of "Rent."

Dance film from Jen Metcalf, J. McMerty '00 selected for international film festival

The film will be screened at the biggest festival of its kind in Amsterdam.

Barrett Weed ’11 nominated for awards for role in 'Heathers: The Musical'

The music theatre alumna was nominated for a 2014 Drama Desk Award  alongside Sutton Foster, Idina Menzel, Kelli O’Hara, Jessie Mueller and others, as well as a 2014 Lucille Lortel Award.

Alumna introduces online dance shows with 'So You Think You Can Dance' creator Nigel Lythgoe

Founded and directed by music theatre alumna Amanda Taylor '06, DanceOn has become the largest Global Online Dance Network via YouTube

Dance major honored at Los Angeles film festival

Rising senior Amber Schmiesing, whose work with film was inspired by her experience in the "Elon in L.A." program, won the Dance Camera West film festival's Emerging Artist Second Runner Up Award for an original dance film. 

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