Performing Arts

Compose and produce original music and dance works. Explore the work of established playwrights, composers, and choreographers. Perform in music, theater, and dance productions. Design sets, costumes, lighting, and sound for shows you present to audiences on campus and off.

Machinal

Theater Intensive production of Machinal by Sophie Tredwell.

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.

Bodies and Music in Motion

The students of Bodies and Music in Motion host an end-of-quarter performance in the COM dance studio. The performance included music, singing, dance and poetry.

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.

Bodies and Music in Motion

The performing arts curriculum is supported by a wide range of specialized facilities for students to explore a variety of expressive styles.

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.

Sample Program

The Empty Space

Offered at Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

How does imagination respond to the emotional self, the physiology of the body and the psychology of the mind? How can we become more expressive and responsive to our inner selves? This program will explore the interior spaces where performances begin and the exterior spaces where performances are realized. Through the understanding and embodiment of somatic concepts such as awareness, intention, centering, authenticity and the interplay of mind and body, students will have the opportunity to explore the creative imagination as it expresses itself from their own life processes, rather than from externally imposed images, standards and expectations.

Students will begin with movement and theatre exercises that center and focus the mind and body in order to open themselves to creative possibilities and performance. Students will also study movement and theatre as a means of physical and psychological focus and flexibility that enable them to more fully utilize their bodies and emotional selves in creating theatrical performance. Students will be invited to explore and enjoy the movement already going on inside their bodies to learn to perceive, interpret and trust the natural intelligence of intrinsic bodily sensations. The class will use experiential techniques derived from several traditions of somatic philosophy. In seminar, students will read a broad variety of texts about creativity, movement, theatre and dramatic literature.

The program will include weekly seminars, workshops in movement and theatre, and film screenings of various movement/theatre and theatre productions. We welcome students of all abilities who bring their excitement, commitment and creativity to the performing arts. 

View this program in the catalog.

Beggar’s Opera

Eric Jacobs at a fitting for The Beggar’s Opera in the Costume Shop. Jacobs play Macheath in a production staged by the program Musical Theater in Cultural Context.

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.

Offerings for 2014-15

As a student at Evergreen, you'll select from programs like the ones listed here to build your own education. While there are no specific course requirements, you can choose to develop an Area of Emphasis with help from advisors and faculty.

Upper Division

Programs for Juniors and Seniors

All Levels

Both upper and lower division students may take these programs

After Graduation

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.

The Vagina Monologues

Backstage at the 2013 performance of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler at the Evergreen State College. The show, now it's 11th year at the college, is presented by the Evergreen Womyn’s Resource Center.

Facilities and Resources

The performing arts curriculum is supported by a wide range of specialized facilities for students to explore a variety of expressive styles.

  • Audio production facility
  • Dance studio
  • Experimental theaters
  • Labs for film, animation, music technology, and design
  • Rehearsal spaces for music, theatre, and dance
  • Performance and production studios
  • Recital hall
  • Scene shop

To learn more about Performing Arts facilities and resources.