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 interdisciplinary open-enrollment degree program explores theatre as a liberal art and 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

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board awards third fellowship in theater to Preeshl

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Theatre fellowship to Artemis Preeshl, assistant professor of performing arts.


New dance textbook by Lauren Kearns focuses on movement system

Handspring Publishing has published a new textbook by Professor of Dance Laurent Kearns, "Somatics in Action: A Mindful and Physical Conditioning Tool for Movers." 

Vote now: Help get Elon on the big screen

As part of the 2018 Coca-Cola and Regal Films student film competition, Elon students traveled to Atlanta in late January to produce a 35-second film, which is now available to watch online. And don’t forget to vote for Elon’s commercial in the Fan Favorite Award contest.

Pardo to perform at Lincoln Center with Lucinda Childs Dance Company

Assistant Professor Matt Pardo will perform with The Lucinda Childs Dance Company at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival in July 2018. 

Playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton debuts new play at Elon

Through a staged reading, Department of Performing Arts students participated in the creation of a new play.

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