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News and featured articles

Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre is presenting a unique, immersive theater experience with “ Safe at Home ,” which is being presented at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Feb...
With a few flicks of his wrists, Tony Obr manipulated his modular synthesizer to produce an array of musical tones that ranged from a car door chime to a lawnmower roar. An assistant teaching...
As Black History Month approaches, faculty at Arizona State University’s School of Music, Dance and Theatre are hoping to engage the community in in a discussion about Black history – and theater –...
It may seem unusual to pair science and dance, but that’s exactly what Arizona State University faculty member Keith Thompson is doing. Thompson, associate director of the dance program and associate...
Peter Schmelz, professor of musicology in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, was recently awarded the 2022 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers...
Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre will host the 10th Bösendorfer and Yamaha US ASU International Piano Competition on Jan. 3–8. Recognized as among the leading...

Focus on Faculty

Arizona State University Professor Micha Espinosa has been named the 2022 recipient of the Professor Alberto Ríos Outstanding Literary/Arts Award by the Victoria Foundation . A longstanding member of...
Heather “Digger” Feeney will be joining the faculty of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University as clinical associate professor of technical direction. Feeney has been...
Jamal Duncan, associate director of bands and assistant professor of instrumental conducting at ASU, has been awarded first place in conducting (band/wind ensembles) , 2022 by The American Prize ,...
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University welcomes new faculty member Amanda Pintore as assistant professor of theater for youth and community and acting. Pintore, who earned...
Jason Caslor , associate professor and director of bands in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, has been awarded the 2022 International Band Award by the Canadian Band...
The Arizona State University School of Music, Dance and Theatre has announced Katie Peavey as clinical assistant professor of stage and production management. Peavey is a freelance Equity stage...

Students news

In the wake of recent mass shootings, many may feel helpless about creating change. But Arizona State University graduate student Marissa Barnathan believes that doesn’t have to be the case....
Chris Ignacio, a first-year MFA student in theater with a concentration in interdisciplinary digital media performance at Arizona State University, spent the spring 2022 semester in New York working...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . Anna Galura is an experienced and accomplished performer and an educator who is not only concerned...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . Laura Brackney, Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition, views composing as a form of sonic...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . Chandler, Arizona, native Cory Drozdowski is a Barrett, the Honors College student at Arizona State...
Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2022 graduates . Jonice Bernard fell in love with music theater when they were asked to be part of the chorus in their...

Alumni news

Two Arizona State University dance alumni were recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Dance Education in Practice. This special edition of the journal by the National Dance Education...
Chelsea Pace is using her expertise in staging sex to create safer spaces for actors. Pace , who received her MFA in theatre performance from Arizona State University, is an intimacy consultant and...
Arizona State University alumnus and Tempe , Arizona, native Patrick Fanning will return home to ASU Gammage as music director and conductor for a national tour of the world-renowned musical and...
Arizona State University music alumnus David Earll , who graduated with a Doctor of Muscial Arts in tuba performance in 2014 and is an assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at Ithaca College, was...
When it comes to artistic endeavors, whether they be music, painting, dancing, writing or something else, many people give up before they get the chance to really try. This is not the case for...
During a year with little to no opportunities in the conducting field, Argentinean-born Arizona State University music alumna Michelle Di Russo has been awarded two esteemed conducting fellowships....