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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.

Giovanni Correa-Quinones ’24 demonstrates his ardor for Latin dance with a spirited salsa solo as part of Confluence—the debut event to be held in the University of Rochester’s new Sloan Performing Arts Center.

Performing Arts Spotlight

Dance concert showcases the interplay of lights, music, and action in a brand-new space

The Sloan Performing Arts Center serves as a new campus site for students, faculty, and guest artists to perform original choreography.

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Lucy Kleinschmidt ’25 (left) as June and Raina Plaisir ’25 (right) as the eponymous protagonist in the International Theatre Program’s production of “Marisol.” (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

Feature Story

Poetry, dreamscapes, and magical realism infuse José Rivera’s Marisol

The University’s International Theatre Program presents the Puerto Rican screenwriter’s Obie Award-winning drama for its spring 2022 production.

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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.

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