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Love of the dance floor: 10 years of inspireDANCE

Thu, 13 Feb 2020

The inspireDANCE Festival—a signature event from the University’s Program of Dance and Movement—features nine days of more than 30 master classes, workshops, and performances on the River Campus.


Spotlight on the performing arts: Visiting theater director opens 30th anniversary season

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

Kate Eminger—a director and filmmaker based in New York—is visiting guest director of the International Theatre Program's production of The Grown-Up, a play that, as she says, “captures this idea that there’s magic in everyday life.”


Spotlight on the performing arts: Alumni on the Fringe

Mon, 16 Sep 2019

Siena Facciolo ’19 and Chris Palace ’18 worked together on musical projects while students at the University of Rochester, and as alumni that work continues at the Rochester Fringe Festival.


University on the Fringe

Fri, 06 Sep 2019

We ask a few University participants in this year’s KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival what draws them to the Fringe, and what—besides their own shows—they recommend attending.


Spring weekend of shows explores dance, collaboration

Wed, 10 Apr 2019

Spring Explorations and Experimental Dances, or “S.E.E.D.,” features original work from student choreographers and composers, alongside renowned choreographer David Dorfman and performances from Rochester faculty.


Be inspired to dance

Tue, 12 Feb 2019

The ninth annual inspireDance Festival features more than 30 events, performances, and master classes covering many dance styles, for newcomers and experienced dancers alike.


‘Working on small things’

Tue, 12 Feb 2019

Nigel Maister has a foothold in music, theater, writing, and visual arts. In the first of a series of interviews with performing arts leaders, the theater program director describes how curiosity keeps his work fresh.


‘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.