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.

  • New Opportunities for PA students

    “Working with ArtsEmerson during its inaugural season has been an enriching experience, bringing new opportunities to Performing Arts students, faculty, and staff,” remarked Melia Bensussen, Chair of the Performing Arts Department. 

  • ProArts receives $140k grant from Barr Foundation

    ProArts Consortium and member institution Emerson College announced February 12 a $140,000 grant from the Barr Foundation to support strategic planning, building upon existing programs, and development of new initiatives.

  • Video: Will Ferrell talks to students at screening

    Actor Will Ferrell talked to some lucky Emerson students at AMC Loews Boston Common Theater who attended an exclusive screening of Anchorman 2 on December 4. 

  • Emerson announces Center for the Theater Commons

    Emerson will welcome David Dower, current Associate Artistic Director at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Polly Carl, current Director of the American Voices New Play Institute (AVNPI), to establish the Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College on July 1, 2012. 

  • Conan internship for Torres '14

    Emerson Los Angeles student Frances Torres ’14, a Performing Arts major studying acting, has had a great experience interning at Conan this semester.

  • Student awarded Kennedy Center Fellowship

    Tierra Bonser ’12 was recently awarded the Kennedy Center/Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Dramaturgy Fellowship to the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop and New Play Dramaturgy Intensive in association with the National New Play Network.

  • New Faculty Members Bring a Wealth of Experience to Emerson

    What do a Guggenheim fellow, a Kant philosopher, a former staff writer for the New York Times, the screenwriter for Gangs of New York, and a Frederick Douglass Doctoral Scholar have in common? They are all joining the Emerson faculty this fall.

  • Performing Arts designers showcase work

    Graduating Performing Arts seniors presented their body of design work to a panel of guest professional designers for review and critique in the Tufte Performance and Production Center on December 7. 

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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 »