Performing Arts

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The act of creating—of making something, such as a piece of music, a work of theater or a new dance—is a uniquely human endeavor in which all cultures engage.

The thrill of creating and performing is both intellectually and viscerally satisfying to the artist and the audience. Also, more than any other discipline, the performing arts can enhance self-confidence, creative thinking and public-presentation skills. Emmanuel allows for every student, not only majors and minors, to actively engage in this exciting discipline that combines creativity, technique, historical awareness and insight into the human condition.

With minors in music-theater, music and theater arts, students immerse themselves in the dramaturgical analysis of plays, the observation of body movement and the exploration of music and musical-theater from all over the world.


Within the performing arts department, students may construct an individualized major tailored to their artistic interests, or complement their major coursework with minors in music, music-theater or theater arts.

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  • Music

    Music has long been an important means of entertainment and social commentary both historically and in contemporary society.

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  • Music-Theater

    Music-theater has a long and rich history-from Sophocles and Moliére to Stephen Sondheim and present-day Broadway phenomena The Producers and Wicked.

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  • Theater Arts

    To bring a moment to life onstage, many hours of rehearsal, costume design, set construction and other behind-the-scenes work must take place.

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Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.

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Small classes, big advantages

Our dedicated and creative Performing Arts faculty are active professionals in their fields. Each one is a performer or creator who works regularly in the arts scene in Boston and beyond. They bring real-life, hands-on experiences back to the classroom and to the students.

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Recent News


“Laramie Project” Actors Awarded, Invited to Perform Excerpt at Kennedy Center Festival

The Emmanuel College Performing Arts Department's fall production of "The Larami...



The Performing Arts Department Presents "The Last 5 Years"

Alexa Albanese '16 directs a contemporary musical about the ups and downs of rel...

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"An Enemy of the People"

The Performing Arts Department offeres an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic p...

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Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!

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Whether you are a current Emmanuel student or a prospective student exploring Emmanuel for the first time, we can help you determine what’s next. Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor, connect with the Career Center or the Office of International Programs to explore internship or study abroad options, or contact the Office of Admissions to set up a campus tour.

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