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.

  • 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.

  • HowlRound logo

    HowlRound’s role in arts grant featured in Boston Globe

    HowlRound, which serves as an open online platform for artists/theater professionals worldwide and is an initiative alongside ArtsEmerson in the College’s Office of the Arts, has been tapped by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to distribute approximately $855,000 in artistic development funds to playwrights, as part of the foundation’s $5.6 million initiative—the National Playwright Residency Program.

  • Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

    Emerson Has Leading Role in IRNE Nominations

    Eleven Performing Arts faculty and alumni, and nine ArtsEmerson productions have been nominated for Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards, which honor the best in theater across the region’s large, mid-size, and fringe companies.

  • We Are Pussy Riot rehearsal

    NewFest Play to Bring Activists’ Words to Stage

    Playwright Barbara Hammond wants to give Pussy Riot another shot at getting their message across. She’ll try it onstage at the Tufte Performance and Production Center’s Greene Theater March 31–April 3, when Emerson Stage performs her new play, We Are Pussy Riot, directed by Kenneth Prestininzi.

  • Emerson Greene Beans

    Emerson Students Take Home Top Honors in Theatre Tech

    For the second year in a row, the Emerson “Greene Beans” took home the USITT Tech Olympics trophy for Best Performing Team, competing among 122 students from colleges and universities across the country.

  • Laurie Anderson

    Multimedia Artist Laurie Anderson to Headline Grad Symposium

    International multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, who has collaborated with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, and her husband, Lou Reed, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s New England Graduate Media Symposium, which will revolve around the theme of collaboration.

  • Lisa Dwan

    Reviews for Beckett presented by ArtsEmerson

    Reviewers use words like “gripping” and “stunning” to describe a solo performance by actress Lisa Dwan, who takes center stage to perform three plays by Samuel Beckett. The production runs through March 20, 2016 at the Paramount Mainstage. Globe correspondent Terry Byrne writes: “… Stripping away all the artifice of the stage, Beckett focuses on a range of feeling, something Dwan delivers with an intensity that is never less than mesmerizing.”

Newfest

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 »