At Emerson, art serves as both a catalyst and a medium through which professionals, scholars, and students come together to perform, exhibit, publish, broadcast, communicate, and experience meaning. With School of the Arts programs, we aim to connect Emerson’s campus with the larger community.


One of the country’s finest literary journals, Ploughshares regularly invites esteemed guest editors to curate a collection of new stories and poems. The journal also releases long-form stories and essays through Ploughshares Solos and publishes a literary blog. Students have the opportunity to intern at Ploughshares during their time at Emerson.

Bright Lights

Bright Lights is a public, twice-weekly film screening, and discussion series sponsored by the Department of Visual and Media Arts. The series features the work of students, faculty, and alumni, as well as local, national, and international artists. Bright Lights has committed to selecting a program in which at least 50% of directors are women; the series is crafting a diverse program including filmmakers of color, queer cinema, and films dealing with disability.

Emerson Stage

Emerson Stage is the producing organization of the Department of Performing Arts. The nine-show season offers student actors, designers, stage managers, technicians, and educators the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty, professional staff, and visiting artists. All Performing Arts majors participate backstage as first-year students; from their sophomore year onwards, students may target their production experience to a specific area of study.

WLP Reading Series

The WLP (Writing, Literature and Publishing) Reading series brings the best writers from around the world to Emerson College, where writers meet with students, visit classes, discuss craft, and read from their latest work. Faculty and alumni have celebrated their accomplishments in the Faculty/Alumni Reading Series. Students also have the opportunity to share their work with other writers at Emerson and in the Boston community.