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 Performance & Choreography 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.

We utilize the services of Acceptd, Inc. for applications for Acting, Dance Performance & Choreography, Music Theatre and Theatrical Design & Production. Please note that we are now accepting applications for 2016/2017. You may visit www.getacceptd.com/elon for all audition/interview information, requirements and deadlines. All students seeking admission to the Performing Arts Department at Elon University must also submit a separate university admissions application by the final application deadline of January 10, 2016.

We also offer a B.A. degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. This interdisciplinary open-enrollment degree program explores theatre as a liberal art and 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

Kearns presents at Dance Medicine Conference

Professor of Dance Lauren Kearns and dance students presented at Dance Medicine Conference held in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Elon students receive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Access to Global Engagement
Four Elon students received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a Department of State grant dedicated to funding opportunities for underrepresented students to study in underrepresented locations.

 

More than 35 Music Theatre alumni starring on Broadway and national tour stages this fall and winter

Be sure to catch Elon alumni in some of your favorite musicals, such as “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Mean Girls,” “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” and “Book of Mormon;” and in new shows like “The Prom,” “Choir Boy,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” and “Head Over Heels.” 

Elon students win at N.C. vocal competition

The success of the 11 students who competed means they will advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals to be held in Maryland in March. 

The Contemporary Play Reading and Discussion Series receives national recognition in American Theatre Magazine

Associate Professor of English Scott Proudfit and the Contemporary Play Reading and Discussion Series at Elon are featured in American Theatre’s recent article “Train for a Diverse Theatre” by Editor-in-Chief Rob Weinert-Kendt.

 

 

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