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The Performing Arts Department houses the Music, New Media Studies and Theatre programs, as well as related minors and courses in film and dance. Performing arts students gain experience in theatrical and musical performances onstage, backstage, front-of-house and as members of the audience. Performances take place regularly in the Fine Arts Instructional Center’s Concert Hall, DelMonte Studio Theater and Proscenium Theater, as well as in other on-campus spaces. Eastern music and theatre students have also toured Connecticut, New York City, Puerto Rico and London.

Chair - Music
Anthony Cornicello
FAIC Rm. 235
(860) 465-0086
cornicelloa@easternct.edu
Chair - Theatre
Kristen Morgan
FAIC Rm. 229
(860) 465-5058
morgankr@easternct.edu
Performing Arts Office
Lauren Hockla
FAIC Rm. 244
(860) 465-5325
(860) 465-5764
hocklal@easternct.edu

Programs of Study

  • Housed in the state-of-the-art Fine Arts Instructional Center, Eastern’s Music program provides theoretical and hands-on opportunities that emphasize the history, theory, performance, and criticism of music and musicians from Western and non-Western traditions. Three concentrations are available — Performance; Musicology: History, Composition and Criticism; and Music Industry and Leadership. Students benefit from many ensembles, personal instruction on a variety of instruments and voice types, and a variety of facilities: a 400-seat concert hall, a proscenium theater, a studio theater, two performance labs, a piano lab, and several graphic design classrooms. A Music minor is also available.

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  • New Media Studies offers students an innovative program of study that is structured in three tiers. New Media Studies majors in Visual Art will be prepared for careers in such fields as digital motion graphics, game and apps design, social media applications for advertising and marketing, digital projections and special effects for live performance, audio/video production, 2-D and 3-D animation, and as creative mixed-media artists working primarily with digital technologies.

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  • Through classes, independent studies, internships, practica, and study tours, Theatre and Performance Media majors at Eastern examine the history of performance and gain practical experience in production. In conjunction with hands-on production, those who select a Performance Media concentration will create and produce fictional and non-fictional digital media content. In addition to one-acts, original plays, and staged readings, the program produces four main stage shows each year, giving students many opportunities to develop skills and talents in all areas of theatre and dance, whether onstage, backstage, or front-of-house. Students choose from one of five concentrations: Acting; Directing, Dramaturgy & Cultural Performance; Dance & World Performance; Design/Technology/Management; or Performance Media. Students selecting the Performance Media concentration take a unique core which emphasizes principles in digital media production.

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  • The interdisciplinary minor in Costume and Fashion Design helps students develop skills and abilities in costume and fashion design. Using hands-on and computer-aided design & illustration techniques, students accessories and learn the basics of textile design & production.

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  • The Film Studies minor complements majors in Communication, the Visual and Performing Arts, English, History and Modern Languages. Students are prepared for careers or further study in the areas of film and video techniques, history and criticism.

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