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‘Fringe allows me to push myself to do things I don’t normally get to do’

Wed, 29 Aug 2018

Rochester Fringe Festival is one of the fastest growing in the United States, with performances from many University students, faculty, and staff. Six of those performers share what makes Fringe special.


Missy Pfohl Smith named director of Institute for Performing Arts

Tue, 03 Jul 2018

The Institute for Performing Arts was formed in 2015 to bring together the disciplines of music, theater, and dance into a collaborative venture. Smith, who also serves as the director of the Program of Movement and Dance, is appointed to a three-year term


Theatre Program presents works by Harold Pinter

Mon, 23 Apr 2018

The International Theatre Program will close its season with “The Pinter Plays,” a double-bill of two of the most shocking one-act plays from the Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter.


‘You can dance if you want to:’ Five things you might not know about dance at Rochester

Mon, 08 Jan 2018

Did you know you can major in dance? Or take a course in dance even if you've never danced before? As the annual inspireDance Festival gears up later this month, learn more about how dance and Rochester go hand in hand.


Four questions for director Ken Rus Schmoll

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

The two-time Obie Award-winner is in Rochester to direct Octavia, a play ripped from the headlines in the year AD 62.


Octavia opens at Todd Theater

Wed, 22 Nov 2017

The International Theatre Program closes its fall semester with the production of the rarely staged play Octavia, directed by Obie Award-winning guest director Ken Rus Schmoll.


University jumps to No. 18 worldwide for performing arts

Fri, 10 Mar 2017

According to the 2017 QS World University Rankings released on March 8, eleven U.S. universities ranked in the top 25, with the University of Rochester No. 8 among them.


Generous alumni commit $5 million to support the performing arts

Wed, 14 Dec 2016

The Ed and Andy Smith Endowed Fund for the Performing Arts will support performing arts programming within the School of Arts & Sciences and seed funding for the proposed construction of a new theater on the River Campus.


Dance, light, media come together in Confluence

Tue, 06 Dec 2016

The Program of Dance and Movement will present a series of shows featuring students, faculty, and guest artists in new collaborative and multidisciplinary dance works exploring social issues in the wake of the 2016 election.


119 years of Shakespeare at Rochester

Fri, 22 Apr 2016

As the world marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, we look back at how the works of the Bard have been very much alive in the University's theater productions, dating back to the first-known Shakespeare production in 1897.