As well as the full performance seasons on campus and downcity, the Departments is also host to a number of festivals each year. Festivals offer a chance to bring together a broad community of practitioners and audience to highlight and celebrate a particular field of performance work.

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 external site.

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.