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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    Emerson featured in New York Times Magazine

    Emerson's Comedic Arts major, which launches this fall, is the focus of a feature New York Times Magazine story.

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    Emerson Professor Releases Album of "Portraits and Tributes"

    Professor Scott Wheeler is a portraitist, but his depictions of friends and clients don’t hang on a wall or sit on a plinth in a corner of a room. They float through the air, capturing the spirit, if not the image, of their subjects.

  • MJ Halberstadt '10

    Emerson Alumni, Faculty Take Top Theater Awards

    Actress Jennifer Coolidge ’85 was one of several Emerson College alumni and faculty, and ArtsEmerson productions, to come away with Elliot Norton Awards honoring the best of Boston theater on May 23.

  • Jim Schubin '11 Lotte Lenya Competition

    Schubin ‘11 Wins International Music Theater Competition

    This April, Jim Schubin '11, in his fifth trip onto the stage at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, won over the judges with his clear tenor and acting ability. He tied for first place, beating 12 other finalists and taking home a $15,000 cash prize.

  • Blue-Eyed Black Boy wikipedia page

    Wikidemia: Drama Students Write Digital Articles for Neglected Works

    Fifty students in Magda Romanska’s World Drama class have contributed Wikipedia entries for underrepresented playwrights and plays, ditching the traditional research paper to engage in some digital advocacy and activism.

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    ArtsEmerson’s 2016–2017 covered in Boston Globe

    ArtsEmerson has announced its 2016-2017 season. As covered in the Boston Globe, the lineup even includes a summer production.  Presented by returning acrobatic artists from Montreal, Les 7 Doigts, Cuisine & Confessions will show July 12–August 7 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

  • La Vida es Sueno set

    Student Scenic Designer’s Set Gets National Notice

    One of Corey Umlauf's creations, the stage design for La Vida Es Sueño (Life Is a Dream), earned her an honorable mention at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival earlier this month and a gig this summer as an assistant scenic designer at the prestigious National Playwrights Conference (NPC) at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut.

  • Dress rehearsal for "Guys and Dolls"

    Emerson's "Guys and Dolls" Shoots for Realism

    Emerson Stage is producing Broadway favorite Guys and Dolls for its spring musical this weekend, but don’t expect the hyper-stylization and "cartoonish" staging you might associate with the show. This gritty Guys and Dolls goes all the way back to the source.


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

Behind the Scenes
of NewFest 

Each year, Emerson turns a student-written show into a full-scale production. Learn about the selection process here. Watch the video »