December 14, 2016

Generous Alumni Commit $5 Million to Support the Performing Arts

Two University of Rochester graduates, Edgar Smith ’72 and Lusette (Andy) Smith ’72, have committed $5 million to establish the Ed and Andy Smith Endowed Fund for the Performing Arts. The fund 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.  “This gift underscores the importance of the performing arts here,” said Joel Seligman, President, CEO, and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. Professor at the University of Rochester. “The performing arts have the power to create community while teaching us about creativity and collaboration—all of which will serve our students well beyond graduation.” Read more.

November 28, 2016

Five lives connect, unspool in Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation

Lauded by the critics as an “absolute feast” and “unheralded gem,” Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation explores the lives of a group of small town Vermonters through the minutely detailed lens of those characters taking an acting class. With affection, empathy, quiet drama, and the magnificent eye and ear of a detailed miniaturist, Baker lays bare the souls of her characters in this funny and quietly devastating contemporary American masterpiece. The production opens December 1, and runs through December 10, in the River Campus’s Todd Theatre. Read more.

April 6, 2016

Pop-Rock Mother Courage updates Brecht for contemporary world

Even for a composer known for his innovative work in new music and modern opera, the challenge given to Matt Marks ’02E by Rochester’s International Theatre Program was intriguing: how do you make music that explores the brutality and sacrifice of war? After working with students both in the College and at the Eastman School of Music throughout the spring semester, Marks and Nigel Maister, the Russell and Ruth Peck Artistic Director of the International Theatre Program, will share the results when a Rochester-commissioned production of Bertolt Brecht’s antiwar drama Mother Courage and Her Children begins its run on Thursday, April 7.  Read more.

January 29, 2016

Institute for Popular Music pays tribute to progressive rock

The Institute for Popular Music’s special tribute concert to progressive rock music will take place on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. in Strong Auditorium. It features River Campus faculty, alumni, and students from the University’s Music Department, backed by members of Rochester’s premier Yes Tribute band, Going for the One. The concert is free and open to the public.  Read more.

December 23, 2015

inspireDANCE to feature renowned choreographer Jane Comfort and Company

A variety of dance performances, workshops, and master classes will take center stage at the University of RochesterJan 27 through Feb. 1, as part of this year’s annual inspireDANCE festival and include instruction by award–winning choreographer, Jane Comfort.  Read more.

November 16, 2015

Trapped Between Society and Desire: International Theatre Program presents Yerma

On Thursday, Dec. 3 the University of Rochester’s International Theatre program will explore one woman’s struggle against the status quo through Federico Garcia Lorca’s famed tragedy, Yerma. Read more.

October 12, 2015

Institute for Popular Music Pays Tribute to American Rock

The University of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music kicks off its 2015-2016 “In Performance” series on Saturday, Oct. 17, with a tribute concert to American rock music.  Read more.

September 29, 2015

From Behind the Microphone and Onto the Stage: International Theatre Program Presents Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

"The University of Rochester's International Theatre Program kicks off its 26th season on Thursday, October 8 with a rare stage production of Dylan Thomas's play, Under Milk Wood."  Read more.

September 9, 2015

John Covach named director of new Institute for Performing Arts

School of Arts and Sciences Dean Gloria Culver announces the appointment of the Institute's founding director.  
"John Covach, a prominent rock historian, founding director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music, professor and former chair of the Department of Music, and professor of music theory at the Eastman School of Music, has been named the inaugural director of the newly created Institute for Performing Arts."  Read more.

May 10, 2015 (WXXI News)

UR Plans Institute for Performing Arts

"'We have a very strong group of music, theatre and dance faculty that put on amazing productions but don't collaborate as much as they possibly could,' said the Dean of the University of Rochester’s College of Arts and Sciences, Gloria Culver."  Read more.

May 7, 2015

University to introduce new Institute for Performing Arts

"Dean of Arts & Sciences Gloria Culver has announced that a new Institute for Performing Arts will be created, bringing together the disciplines of music, theater and dance into a collaborative venture. The institute will serve as a center for performance programs on the River Campus, aiming to further inspire students with or without prior training or experience to explore a variety of aesthetic art forms and opportunities."  Read more.