Compose and produce original music and dance works. Explore the work of established playwrights, composers, and choreographers. Perform in music, theater, and dance productions.
Studying the performing arts at Evergreen enables you to combine your passion for your discipline with the discovery and articulation of your desires. You'll learn about the larger social world the arts inhabit and reach out to explore and create the possible but not yet existing realities that the arts can reveal.
Our performing arts students have done wonderful work in experimental and traditional spheres. They’ve directed plays by Shakespeare, Brecht, and others. They've written and performed in avante-garde operas with self-built and designed musical instruments. And they've and created and danced in productions for the campus and larger community. At Evergreen, students learn about the technologies of theater and musical sound synthesis and they participate in music, theater, and dance performances under faculty direction. In our multidisciplinary classes, you’ll have the opportunity to work in groups that combine all the facets of performing arts to produce rewarding work.
Join us in an education that doesn’t just change your life — it gives you the tools to change the world.
At Evergreen, students learn about the technologies of theater and musical sound synthesis and they participate in music, theater, and dance performances under faculty direction.
Teaching Through Performance
Offered Fall 2018–Winter 2019
In this program, we'll focus on some of the historical events not often taught in high school classrooms. We're particularly interested in the decades between 1920 and 1960 and the events leading to the rebellions of the 1960s.
We will study this time period using texts such as Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, and others. Each quarter you will write a research paper on a subject of interest from the time period. From these papers you will work in student groups to write a script (involving both theater and music) that attempts to teach to an audience what the creators learned. These performances will be given to class and then at local high schools. Alongside our historical work, we will study plays and operas that provide different models of how to represent social problems.
You’ll learn about the larger social world the arts inhabit and reach out to explore and create the possible but not yet existing realities that the arts can reveal.
Our graduates have gone on to graduate studies in drama, music composition, ethnomusicology, and more. They’ve found work with dance companies and theater groups in New York and beyond. Many have gone on to professional work in their chosen fields. Our interdisciplinary outlook allows students to follow their passions while broadening their horizons.
Facilities & Resources
Labs for Film, Animation, Music Technology, & Design
Created for use by students of the performing and media arts, the Design Lab boasts 50 workstations and a variety of equipment including light tables, drafting tables, tables with cutting mats, and animation stations suitable for 2-D and 3-D creation. This space is also equipped with full audio and video playback equipment and art critique or presentation area.
The Recital Hall is a space acoustically designed for music recitals. It is also used for drama, dance, film and lecture presentations. It seats 200 and has 7.1 surround sound. The room has a large projection screen, playback system, and audio recording facility.
The newly remodeled Dance Studio has a world-class sprung wood floor and ample wall-mounted mirrors that can easily accommodate up to 75 dancers. It has a fixed lighting grid and features a full audio and video playback system. The space can be configured for performance, and can hold an audience of up to 50 people.
The newly added and exceptionally flexible Performance Studio was designed as a mini black box style space with fixed lighting grid and wall-mounted mirrors. It is ideal for small student-run productions and can seat up to 60 audience members.
The Performance and Production Studio is a multi-use space, seating up to 150 students. It features exceptional acoustics and has an adjacent audio control room, a moderate stage space, and three shallow-stepped risers accommodating lectures, rehearsals, audio recording and performance.
Located next to our cutting-edge Multitrack Studio, the Music Performance and Rehearsal space allows for advanced audio recording and post-production. Variable sound dampening makes this room ideal for a variety of musical styles in addition to other types of presentations to a live audience of up to 50. This room features full audio and video playback.
How to Choose Your Path
You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.
Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).
If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.
Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.