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Degrees and programs in arts management, audio technology, dance, music, & theatre.

Performing Arts Department

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Upcoming Events

Faculty Music Recital

Faculty Music Concert

February 4, 7:30 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Tickets are free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, children, and senior citizens (55 and older), $15 general admission. 

Music faculty collaborate in a varied program that includes pieces by Eric Whitacre, William Grant Still, Golijov, Ysaye, Jessie Montgomery, and songs from The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Featuring: Kelly Smith Jones (voice), Susan Derry (voice), Bill Wielgus (oboe), Eric Dircksen (bassoon), Kevin Jang (violin), Nancy Jo Snider ('cello), Nobue Matsuoka (percussion), and Barbara Wilkinson (piano).

Bat Boy: The Musical

BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL

Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe
Licensed under agreement with Weekly World News
February 16-25
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Directed by Clancey Yovanovich
Department of Performing Arts
Tickets are free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, children, and senior citizens (55 and older), $15 general admission. 

“Heed the tale of a filthy freak…. who’s just like YOU.” 

Bat Boy is an American rock musical that has become a beloved cult classic in the musical theatre world and beyond. Based on one of Weekly World News’ most sold headlines, Bat Boy heeds the tale of Edgar—the half-bat, half-American teenage boy discovered in a cave in small town West Virginia. Though campy and comedic in style, Bat Boy explores the trials of being different; the danger in misinformation; the fear of change; the journey to acceptance—and the price we pay when that acceptance comes too late. 

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. (www.broadwaylicensing.com)

Content Warning: Bat Boy: The Musical is a tabloid-style, tongue-in cheek musical that deals with difficult issues including Othering, Physical Violence, Sexual Assault, Rape, Incest, Murder & Suicide.

News & Notes

  • Audio Technology: Alumni Kyle Murdock (CAS '21), a sound designer at VICE Audio, won a Third Coast International Audio Festival award for podcast he composed and engineered, and a series he worked on, Authentic: The Story of Tablo, was listed as one of the year's best podcasts by Vulture.
  • Arts Management: Arts Management alumnae Jasmine Jiang (CAS '19) was appointed Managing Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Dance: Professorial Lecturer Ama Law performs at the Kennedy Center's National Dance Day celebration as part of Project ChArma, a collective of teaching artists, hip hop guardians, DMV representatives, parents, lovers, achievers, students, and hip hop ambassadors who promote social change through movement.
  • Music: Professor Nancy Snider was awarded a $12,500 Koster Foundation Summer Study Grant from The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation, Inc.
  • Theatre/Musical Theatre: Theatre professor Aaron Posner directed William Shakespeare's The Tempest at Round House Theatre in Washington, DC. The play was reviewed by The Washington Post, and Posner was interviewed by BroadwayWorld.

Department Contacts

General Performing Arts
Richard Streeks at 202-885-3422 or streeks@american.edu
Arts Management
Andrew Taylor at 202-885-1601 or etaylor@american.edu
Audio Technology
Michael Harvey at 202-885-6302 or mharvey@american.edu
Dance
Erin Foreman-Murray at 202-885-3942 or danceprogram@american.edu
Music
Ann Kang at 202-885-3859 or akang@american.edu
Theatre/Musical Theatre
Karl Kippola at 202-885-3464 or kippola@american.edu

AU Orchestra and Band Play the Ukrainian Anthem

To show solidarity and support for Ukraine, the American University Orchestra and Band in Washington, DC recorded the Ukrainian National Anthem on March 2, 2022.

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