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

Elon Music Theatre graduate is the new face of Broadway’s 'The Book of Mormon'

JJ Niemann ’17, currently a swing in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning musical, is being featured in a solo spread advertisement for “The Book of Mormon,” appearing in The New York Times. 

Elon Performing Arts faculty present research at national conference

Kim Shively, Susanne Shawyer, Kevin Otos and Fred Rubrek were among  presented scholarship on dramaturgy and acting technique at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Annual Conference. 

Kirby Wahl publishes article on accents

The article by Wahl, professor of performing arts, and Artemis Preeshl, a visiting faculty member in the Department of Performing Arts last year, was published in the Voice and Speech Review.

Recent music theatre graduate to perform in the first national tour of 'Dear Evan Hansen' 

Jared Goldsmith ’18 will be playing the role of Jared Kleinman in the tour of the Tony-winning musical, set to open on Sept. 25 in Denver, Colorado. 

Elon alumna wins 'Best Dance Show' at Capital Fringe Festival 
The choreography "Gilded" by Kristen Brooks Sandler '13, who studied dance performance and choreography in the Department of Performing Arts, won Best Dance Award at Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. 


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