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Performing Arts

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 2015-2016 Season Brochure.

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