Artists of tomorrow, on stage today
At Emerson Stage, students in the Department of Performing Arts apply skills learned in the classroom to real-life production challenges. Our student actors, designers, stage managers, technicians and educators work side-by-side with faculty, professional staff, and visiting artists to perfect their skills, build their resumes, and deepen their understanding of their craft and the role theater plays in enriching our culture and community.
As a first-year student, all Performing Arts majors participate backstage as a production crew member; students from their sophomore year onwards have the opportunity to deepen their experience through production projects targeted to a specific area of study. Our nine-show season offers more than 120 opportunities for actors, 100 positions for design staff, 70 in production and another 70 in theatre management, and 30 artistic roles – all reserved exclusively for Performing Arts students.
If you are a supporter and advocate for the arts, we invite you to join us as we showcase the artists of tomorrow, on stage today. Tickets start at $8 for members of the Emerson Community and $10 for members of our community at large, with discounts for multi-play passes and groups. Tickets for 2015-16 are now on sale.
Lizzie Stranton (Feb 4–7)
A modern take on Aristophanes’ classic Greek comedy Lysistrata. The world is at war, the economy is in the toilet, and women are stepping up to take charge of the situation the only way they know how.
Richard III (Feb 18–21)
Shakespeare’s hated hunchback comes to glorious life in a high-style, all-female production.
New Works Festival (Mar 17–Apr 3)
Readings, shorts, songs, a new play written by an Emerson student – and more!
Guys & Dolls (Apr 14–17)
An iconic American classic filled with familiar and toe-tapping tunes, considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy.
All performance photos on this site by Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo. Technical photography by Tony Rinaldo
A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
A second-year Emerson College graduate student studying Theatre Education has been recognized for her work on Brecht.
Polly Carl, creative director of ArtsEmerson and director of Office of the Arts and HowlRound, was named "Person of the Year" by the National Theatre Conference. Carl also teaches in the Performing Arts department.
Kevin Dwyer, '13 visits Boston as ASM on Book of Mormon National Tour.
Dwyer credits networking and mentorship of Emerson faculty with helping him land national tour of Tony-winning show.