Department of Performing Arts

Department of Performing Arts News

The latest faculty, staff, and student news for the Department of Performing Arts. For College news and upcoming events, visit the News & Events section.

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    Robin Roberts to give Commencement undergrad address

    Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America will provide the undergraduate address at the 135th Emerson College Commencement on May 18. Pulitzer Prize-winning Emerson professor and author Megan Marshall will provide the graduate address. 

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    Co-organizer reflects on Emerald Empowerment

    The co-chair of Emerald Empowerment Week at Emerson, the week of events organized by Kappa Gamma Chi to raise awareness and education of issues relating to sexual assault and power-based interpersonal violence, is calling the week a success.

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    Students perform in ELA Acting Showcase

    Students from Emerson College Los Angeles’ Business of Acting class performed at the student-produced acting showcase at the Odyssey Theatre on April 16.

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    Jeans for Justice brings performances, advocacy

    Emerson Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) held the Jeans for Justice Rally at Common Ground in the Walker Building on April 17—urging students, faculty, and staff to wear jeans all day to stand in solidarity with sexual assault survivors.

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    2015 Spirit of Emerson Awards announced

    Emerson College has announced the winners of the second annual Spirit of Emerson Awards for the 2014–2015 academic year. Nyla Wissa '15 has won the individual award for creating a theatre troupe for women of color; and the Cirque de De-Stress Program, which includes therapy dogs for students during finals, won the group award.

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    Variety show benefits anti-violence organizations

    Students showing support for Emerald Empowerment Week at Emerson, a slate of events to raise awareness of power-based interpersonal violence, attended the Emerald Empowerment Variety Show on April 12 at the Bordy Theater.

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    HowlRound hosts virtual climate change talk

    HowlRound, a commons by and for people who make performance, announces Theatre in the Age of Climate Change, a weeklong series of writings from artists and activists throughout the globe, curated by Chantal Bilodeau, April 19-26.

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    Bent '85 performs at White House Egg Roll

    Faculty member Mike Bent ’85, a stand-up comedian and magician, says performing at the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll never gets old—even though he’s done it for nearly a decade.

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Taking Opportunities

Performing Arts alumnus Scott Sinclair ’10 knows long hours. While at Emerson, he interned at the SpeakEasy Stage Company. The internship turned into a job. Now, Sinclair is directing his first major performance, Striking 12–a concert with three performers based on the holiday classic The Little Match Girl.

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Newfest

Joe Antoun, Artistic Director of NewFest & Part-Time Faculty in Performing Arts

Behind-the-Scenes of NewFest 2011

Learn about how Emerson turns a student-written show into a full-scale production each year. Watch the video »