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Welcome to the Department of Performing Arts

The Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts fosters artistic excellence, interdisciplinary learning, socially engaged performance, and the spirit of collaboration.

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Home to the College of Arts & Sciences undergraduate degree programs in American Musical Culture and Theater & Performance Studies as well as dozens of performing groups in music, theater, and dance, the Department features a renowned faculty and close partnerships with leading arts organizations from the D.C. region and beyond.

What’s on

View the Department of Performing Arts 23-24 Season Digital Brochure below!

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Register for our 2024 Spring Courses

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Faculty Research

Department of Performing Arts faculty engage in meaningful research, scholarship, and creative work that addresses essential questions in today’s world.

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Interdisciplinary Collaborations

With a deep emphasis on interdisciplinary learning, the Department of Performing Arts collaborates frequently across campus on courses, research, initiatives, festivals, and events.

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Davis Performing Arts Center

Opened in November 2005 as Georgetown University’s first building designed for the arts, the Davis Performing Arts Center is the research and teaching laboratory for the Theater & Performance Studies Program and houses the administrative office of the Department of Performing Arts. 

More About the Davis Center Learn About the Davis Center’s Impact and Diverse Community

Upcoming Events

All Upcoming Events

When Two Hands MeetMar. 20

  • 8:00 pm
  • Gonda Theater, Davis Performing Arts Center

Hurricane DianeApr. 12

  • 8:00 pm
  • Davis Performing Arts Center, Devine Studio Theatre

Hurricane DianeApr. 13

  • 8:00 pm
  • Davis Performing Arts Center, Devine Studio Theatre

“Raina’s creative research focuses on liberating and cultivating the dance-making space through harnessing the power of process-to-product collaboration. Recent creative-collaborative choreography projects include The Truth Spun Backwards (2023), ATLAS (2022), Parade (2021) and The Container (2020).”

Raina Lucas (M.F.A.), Artistic Director, GU Dance Company
Georgetown University Music Program Professor Ben Harbert sits in his office, with a wall covered in different acoustic and electric guitars.

“Ben is author of American Music Documentary: Five Case Studies of Ciné-Ethnomusicology (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) and director of Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2013). He is the Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Audiovisual Ethnomusicology. ”

Benjamin J. Harbert (Ph.D.), Program Director & Associate Professor & Chair
Natsu Onoda Power

“As a playwright/ adapter, Natsu’s recent credits include Thumbelina (Imagination Stage), The Lathe of Heaven (Spooky Action Theater/ Georgetown University), The T Party (writer/ director, Forum Theatre, Company One Theatre), A Trip to the Moon (writer/ director/ illustrator, Synetic Theatre), Astro Boy and the God of Comics (writer/ director, The Studio Theatre; Company One Theatre). ”

Natsu Onoda Power (Ph.D.), Artistic Director, Davis Performing Arts Center; Professor


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