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. 

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 Communications Building 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

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. 

View this program in the catalog.

Students in the program Hybrid Music gather in the Audio Production Studio. 

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.

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.

Ivan Espinosa (center) performs at rehearsal for Skin of Scarlet: Sex, Politics, & the Body. Espinosa earned a full-ride scholarship to NYU based on his performance work at Evergreen. 

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.

Performance Spaces

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.

Production Spaces

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.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Combinatory Play: Creative Writing, Mathematics, and Improv FR-SO
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Core Ballet (A) FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Core Ballet (A) FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Core Ballet (B) FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Core Ballet (B) FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Electronics in Music : Collaborating With Machines SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Electronics in Music : Compositional Processes SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Electronics in Music : Projects SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Introduction to Electronics in Music I SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Introduction to Electronics in Music II SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Introduction to Electronics in Music III SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Jazz Ensemble - at SPSCC FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Making Theatre, Making Dance SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Mortality FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Multitrack Composition I SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Multitrack Composition II SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Multitrack Composition III SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Music History: Mozart in Context and Practice SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Musicianship FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Musicianship FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Musicianship FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Orchestra - at SPSCC FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Projects in World Music Theater FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Music FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Music SO-SR
  • Fall
12, 14, 16
Teaching through Performance FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Evergreen Singers FR-SR
  • Fall
2
The Evergreen Singers FR-SR
  • Winter
2
The Evergreen Singers FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Theme and Variations in Music and Biology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Computer Science Foundations FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Highway 101 Revisited: History, Literature, Music, and Ecology JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Music and Mythology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
0, 16
Student-Originated Studies: Music SO-SR
  • Spring
16