Across the academic year, the department programs a large volume of diverse faculty and student sponsored academic and community events. These events includes conversations, performances, workshops, film screenings, and lectures around current research, ideas and issues in theatre, performance studies and dance. Although programming is constantly evolving, some events and event series are consistent across each academic year.


All That Rises brings together international guests as a means of illuminating global perspectives. The annual fall event series has a special interest in artists who work towards social change - who view creative writing in continuum with the social sciences and advocacy for justice.

American Dance Legacy Initiative Mini-Fest develops repertory, documentaries, educational resources, and programs on American dance. Their annual dance festival is a series of master classes, lecture demonstrations, performances, and seminars. Visit their website.

Artists and Scientists as Partners ASaP advocates for research exploring diverse medical and arts practices for persons with Parkinson's disease and Autism Spectrum Disorders. We advocate for the recognition of the value of the arts within a holistic healing approach. 

Arts in the One World is an annual gathering that brings together students, faculty, artists, and activists to explore the ways in which the artistic and the political can work together. The event has taken myriad forms over the years but always explores the various ways artistic, political, and historical purposes intersect. The aim is for participants to come out of the conference with new collaborations, new maps, new actions.

Graduate Colloquium Series is an internally focused series of discussions aimed at deepening a mutual understanding of the current doctoral student body's research.

Rhythm of Change is an annual festival of Mande performance and social engagement that brings together international artist-activists, educators, students, scholars, and social entrepreneurs in service to West Africa for a weekend of workshops, conversations, meals, and performances. Visit their external site.

Writing is Live celebrates the diversity and strength of new theatrical voices while simultaneously exploring the meaning of text in performance.