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 open-enrollment degree program 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 alumna joins national tour of 'Joseph'

Beth Anderson '15 joins the National Tour of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Lauren Adams ’04: Irresistibly funny 

From a ‘little clown’ to a co-starring role in Netflix’s original series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Lauren Adams ’04 has reached her professional destination: comedy stardom.

Lynne Kurdziel Formato choreographs summer productions in Denmark & New York

Rob Marnell '06 debuts on Broadway

The music theatre alumnus made his Broadway debut in 'Beautiful, The Carole King Musical.'

Voice faculty member to sing with Greensboro Opera's upcoming production of La Cenerentola

Dr. Julie Celona-VanGorden, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, will sing her Greensboro opera debut as Clorinda in Rossini's La Cenerentola.  Performances will be August 28 and 30th.  

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