Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
February 12 - 14, 19 - 21 | 8:00 PM
February 15 | 2:00 PM
URBN Annex Black Box Theater
An “unauthorized” imagining of what might have happened to Charlie Brown
and the rest of the
beloved Peanuts gang. The kids are now teenagers struggling to make sense
out of their not so
cartoon- like reality. Contains mature subject matter, not suitable for
25th Annual Madrigal Dinner
February 27 & 28 | 7:30 PM
Great Court, Main Building
The Drexel Chamber Singers and guest performers take you back in time to
1585 for an evening of madrigals, chansons, lute songs and lieds. In the
Great Court of the Main Building. Come see how the nobles spent their
Saturday nights in the royal courts!
Concert Band Winter Concert
March 1 at 7:00pm
The Concert Band honors the Italian musical tradition with such great works
as Persichetti's Symphony for Band and Zaninelli's Three Dances of
Enchantment. In the Main Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the
Gospel Choir 37th Anniversary Celebration
March 6th & 7th at 7:30pm
Rev. Gregory Ross will be celebrating 30 years as the director of the
Gospel Choir with a live CD and DVD recording. The celebration is so big
that it will be held over a two-day period! Join the choir (and alumni) as
they turn the theater into a "house of worship" and record selections
written by the director, alumni, local artists, and current students. The
recording will include traditional and contemporary music. This concert is
free and open to the public, and a free will offering will be collected. In
the Mandell Theater. Come early to secure your seat!
Rock Ensemble & Fusion Band Winter Concert
March 10th at 7:00pm
Come rock out and get your fusion on with these two upbeat ensembles. They
pair to bring you a raucous, smooth evening of music. In the Mandell
Theater. Free and open to the public!
Mediterranean Ensemble Winter Concert
March 11th at 7:30pm
Be transported to the mellow shores of the Mediterranean and relax with
some chilled out melodies. Bring your own olives and dates and make an
evening of it. In the Mandell Theater. Free and open to the public!
Drexel University Orchestra presents Variety is the Spice of Life
March 13th at 7:30pm
Franz Joseph Haydn is viewed as the "father of the symphonic form," Heitor
Villa-Lobos made an impact in the mid-20th century with his Bachiana
Brazilieras series incorporating Brazilian music with the compositional
style of Bach, and Benjamin Britten's Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra
continues to introduce all of the instruments in an orchestra to audiences
of all ages. In the Main Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the
University Chorus Winter Concert
March 15th at 3:00pm
The University Chorus presents a major choral masterpiece with a full
orchestral accompaniment. It is always a beautiful concert, and is only $3
for students and seniors, and $8 General Admission! In the Main Auditorium.
All College Choir & Chamber Music Winter Concert
March 15th at 7:00pm
Join us for an evening of beautiful singing and Renaissance music. In the
Main Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public!
About Performing Arts
Every term, hundreds of Drexel students participate in performing groups through our programs in dance, theatre and music. These student-performers come from every college on the Drexel campus.
Students interested in acting, or the technical and administrative aspects of theatre, have many opportunities to explore. We present three Mainstage shows at our professionally equipped Mandell Theater each year. One is a co-production with a top Philadelphia theatre company that gives our students the chance to work alongside professional artists. We also do numerous smaller productions in order to afford students the opportunity to handle all aspects of the production and we support a successful Late Night Series -- a weekly open mic night run by students.
Dancers can participate in one of the Dance program's two large dance companies, each of which does two major productions in the Mandell Theater every year, as well as a small, selective touring dance ensemble which performs and does workshops in the public schools.
Musicians have a wide array of options to showcase their musical talents in one of our five choral groups, two large bands, a jazz orchestra and a string orchestra, as well as a wide range of smaller instrumental groups working in every musical style. Students from any program on the Drexel campus can earn minors in Theatre, Dance or Music, and there are more specialized minors available in Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, and Jazz and African-American Music.
The Drexel University Department of Performing Arts is a dedicated community of artists, faculty and staff committed to providing a quality education in dance, music, and theater. We focus on expanding students’ knowledge and skills through academic course work, rigorous technical training, experiences with professional artists, innovative community outreach, and outstanding performance opportunities.
We believe that all students learn about the world, themselves and humanity through the performing arts. In an inclusive environment that welcomes a variety of experiences, we impact our students and the greater University, professional performing artists and the Philadelphia community through the power of dance, music and theater.
The Dance program at Drexel is founded on the belief that the act of dancing offers an opportunity to grow not only physically, but intellectually, emotionally, and socially. The curriculum is designed to guide each student in developing their own unique artistic voice. Students are exposed to a wide range of dance techniques and approaches through performances, choreography, intensive classes, and community participation.
The Theatre program at Drexel consists of two distinct, yet closely integrated components: Academics and Performance. The intertwining of foundation studies and practical application empowers students to discover and develop their own voice and style in their art. With practical courses in Acting, Voice and Articulation, Movement for the Actor, Directing, Design and Technical Theatre, students explore areas of interest, develop their skills, and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the practical side of theatre arts. The Performance program allows students to apply their skills in a production setting, with public performances in either main stage productions or intimate studio productions in non-traditional theatre spaces.
The Music program at Drexel offers numerous courses to develop a student's musicianship and nurture an appreciation and understanding of music's fundamentals. Students can take classes, study an instrument in private lessons and perform in over a dozen ensembles, including University Chorus, Concert Band, Jazz Orchestra, University Orchestra, and many more.
The Department of Performing Arts awards two kinds of scholarships each year; performance scholarships and technical scholarships. Performance scholarships are based on audition as well as ensemble needs and a commitment to the awarding ensemble.
Performing Arts Brochure
Interested in learning more about the Performing Arts programs at Drexel? Click here to see the Department of Performing Arts 2014-2015 Season Brochure.