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

Music Theatre alumni find success beyond the stage

Eric Mann ‘10 and Ryan James Monroe ‘16 are just two examples of Music Theatre graduates who have achieved success in careers outside of the spotlight.

Elon stars shine bright during 2018 Tony Awards 

Three Elon alumni and a member of the Class of 2022 took to the stage during the annual celebration of Broadway theatre.

Backstage names Elon to '25 Amazing Acting Colleges You Should Know' list 

Backstage highlights the offerings of Elon's top-notch BFA Acting program. 

Artemis Preeshl selected for The National Endowment of Humanities summer seminar

Preeshl was invited to conduct research on the mystery of the paucity of senior women in Shakespeare’s plays in contrast to the abundance of women in the professional theatre of Commedia dell’arte at “Thresholds of Change: Modernity & Transformation in the Mediterranean, 1400-1700” in this year's The National Endowment of Humanities Summer Seminar.

'Dr. Chevalier’s Lie,' directed by Preeshl, to premiere at the Vero Beach Film Festival

'Dr. Chevalier’s Lie.' a film directed by Artemis Preeshl, is one of 75 films selected as an Official Entry to the Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival, the 'Summer Sundance.'

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