The curriculum at the Department of Performing Arts cultivates the intellectual skills of perception, analysis, interpretation, and expression, which sustain a life of curiosity, creativity, and responsiveness to the needs of both individuals and communities.

Examples of Past Courses

Music in U.S. Prisons

In the spring of 2018, Professor Ben Harbert taught “Music in U.S. Prisons,” an “inside-out” course taught at the D.C. Jail and comprised of inmates and Georgetown undergraduates.

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Theatre as Social Change

As part of Theatre as Social Change, a collaborative course taught by Natsu Onoda Power (Performing Arts) and Carol Day (Human Science), which received the award for
Outstanding Community-Based Learning Course at the 2011 Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching, and Service celebration, Georgetown students worked with an after-school group of Ballou High School students to develop, write, and perform a play. Using performance as a platform to explore solutions to social issues that concern the high school student community and recognizing theater as a potential catalyst for protest, social change, and awareness, the course has been offered for multiple years, and culminating plays have explored such issues as depression, suicidality, substance abuse, homophobia, and more.

GU Dance Company and Black Movements Dance Theatre

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Georgetown University Dance program organized a collaboration between our two academic dance companies offered as courses, Black Movements Dance Theatre and Georgetown University Dance Company, bringing nationally and internationally notable choreographers to work with students from across the dance program.