In the News
Meet the Director
Director of the Institute for Performing Arts, Missy Pfohl Smith, is also the director of the University of Rochester Program of Dance and Movement and founder and artistic director of BIODANCE, a contemporary repertory dance company based in Rochester. A collaborative artist, educator, performer and choreographer, Missy enjoys creating site specific work that has been called "gorgeous... astonishing… exceptional” and “an absolute masterpiece." Read the message from the director to learn about Missy’s vision for the institute.
Performing Arts Spotlight
Sloan Performing Arts Center on the River Campus
The 30,000-square-foot dedicated performing arts space serves as a site for students, faculty, and guest artists to perform original choreography at the University of Rochester.Learn More
Faculty, students, and local Indigenous community come together for performances and conversation
Over four days in April, the University hosted “UR Remnants,” an interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty and members of the local indigenous and arts communities.Continue Reading
The College offers over 200 courses in the performing arts. About 30% of River Campus undergraduates participate in the performing arts each year. The performing arts tradition at UR reaches back over 100 years!
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Rochester is uniquely positioned to advocate, promote, and cultivate the performing arts on campus, in the community, and in the region. If you would like more information about the performing arts at Rochester, including ways of playing a role in supporting our efforts, please Contact us.