Every year Theater and Dance at Emory offer a wide range of performances, both student and professional.
Theater Emory is a resident professional company and the producing organization for Theater Studies. It serves as a laboratory for faculty artistic research and engages adventurous professional artists and students in the creation of innovative productions and new works that ask substantial questions about the world. Theater Emory seasons, typically four productions, vary greatly from year to year. They may focus on central themes or urgent current issues; on diverse styles, periods, and authors; on new directions explored in original works created by resident and guest artists.
For thirty years, Theater Emory has dedicated itself to the development of new work for the stage. The Playwriting Center provides established and emerging writers an environment of creative nurturance and support to which they can bring works in progress. Every three years, The Playwriting Center produces Brave New Works as a component of the Theater Emory season - a festival of works in process of development. Other events programmed by the Playwriting Center happen throughout the year.
Six student theater groups produce a wide range of work: classics and contemporary plays, musicals, improv comedy, new works, and projects about issues of concern to diverse communities. These groups are student-funded, student-run, and student-programmed. They provide undergraduates with a wide range of opportunities for creating productions, seasons, and other events.
Theater Studies classes often culminate in showcases at the end of the semester; some showcases are open to invited audiences, others are open to the community at large. Breaking Ground, a series of Monday evenings devoted to showcasing works in progress from the theater community at large, is open to the public. Information about these performance events is available by way of Upcoming Events on the home page.
The Dance Program presents both student and professional performances. The Emory Dance Company (EDC) is a student-based performance group that performs two major concerts annually. The fall concert is comprised of works choreographed by professional guest artists and faculty. The spring concert features works choreographed by Emory dance students. Guest artists and residencies play a key role in the education of the dance students at Emory. The Dance Program has presented some of the finest modern dance companies in North America and extended residencies with such companies as Doug Varone and Dancers, Urban Bush Women, the José Limón Dance Company and David Dorfman Dance.