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Performances & Exhibitions

Performances and Exhibitions

Each year, the Department of Performing and Visual Arts presents outstanding visual arts exhibitions and theatrical, musical, and dance productions. These performances—open to the public—serve as co-curricular opportunities for students to gain practical experience, and provide the NSU community with a local resource for educational and entertaining presentations. To see photos and videos from past performances, click here.

Shows marked with * require a ticket purchase. For more information, please call (954) 262-7632.

MayflyThe Mayfly: A 24hr Theatre Project presented by Stage2 Productions
Inspired by Theatre Lab, The Professional Resident Company of FAU, our Stage 2 students will create original work, cast, design, and stage it ALL within a 24 hour span, the performance of this original work will take place in the evening of the next day! The process will begin on Friday 10/5 at 7:30pm and end at 7:30pm on 10/6. Show on 10/6 at 7:30pm)

Black Box Theatre | Don Taft University Center
October 6 | 7:30 p.m.
FREE event

Dance Awareness DayDance Awareness Day
Dance Awareness Day is a community outreach project which NSU Dance faculty and students offer classes in a variety of different styles, including hip hop, musical theatre, modern, contemporary, and many more. All levels are welcome, from beginners with no experience to dancers with years of experience.

Performance Theatre, Black Box Theatre, Studio 233 | Don Taft University Center
October 24 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
FREE event

Art & Dance 10 YearArt + Dance 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
The Performing and Visual Arts Department would like to invite you to our 10 year celebration of the Art + Dance programs at NSU. In conjunction with Dance Works, the DECADE exhibition will showcase works from past alumni, adjuncts, and faculty as well as photographs of Dance Works throughout the past 10 years. Join us for art & appetizers in Gallery217 at 5pm as we kick off the commemoration which will be followed by the incredible PVA dancers for Dance Works in the Performance Theater at 7:30pm.

Gallery 217 | Don Taft University Center
November 2 | 5 - 7:30 p.m. (reception)
FREE reception

Dance WorksDance Works*
Dance Works is a dynamic collection of original works featuring choreography from NSU staff, students, and guest choreographers. This dance concert features different styles of dance including contemporary, modern, and lyrical dance. You won’t want to miss the talent on display in this incredible performance.

Performance Theatre | Don Taft University Center
November 2, 3 | 7:30 p.m.
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Little Shop of HorrorsLittle Shop of Horrors*
Music by Alan Menken, Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Full-length Musical, Comedy, Ages 13+
“A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Little Shop of Horrors follows the meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!” – Musical Theatre International (MTI)

Black Box Theatre | Don Taft University Center
November 16, 17 | 7:30 p.m.
November 18 | 2 p.m.
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Portraits in MusicPortraits in Music*
The Department of Performing and Visual Arts’ annual Portraits in Music is a musical concert that will feature performances from music faculty, students, as well as original student works and arrangements. Performances by our very own Pistris Ensemble and Mako Band.

Performance Theatre | Don Taft University Center
November 30 | 7:30 p.m.
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Improv JamImprov Jam NINE presented by Stage2 Productions*
At Improv Jam NINE, watch NSU students perform in this hilarious variety show filled with original monologues, musical numbers, and improvisation skits. These students come up with all of their material on the fly, without any preparation. Students get ideas from audience suggestions, different games, and much more. You won’t want to miss this night of comedy and laughter!

Black Box Theatre | Don Taft University Center
January 25 | 7:30 p.m.
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She Kills MonstersShe Kills Monsters*
Written by Qui Nguyen
Full-length Play, Comedy, Mature Content Ages 17+, Strobe Warning, No Late Seating
“A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.” – Samuel French

Black Box Theatre | Don Taft University Center
April 5, 6, 12, 13 | 7:30 p.m.
April 7, 14 | 2:00 p.m.
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Student Choreography ShowcaseStudent Choreography Showcase
Come and witness powerful original work performed by NSU students and choreographed by the dance majors and minors of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts.

Performance Theatre | Don Taft University Center
April 26, 27 | 7:30 p.m.
FREE event

Senior Showcase ExhibitionSenior Showcase Art Exhibition
The Senior Showcase Art Exhibition is a FREE event sponsored by the Department of Performing and Visual Arts. Come see artwork by the senior art majors on display! This exhibition is a compelling culmination of their studies in graphic design and studio art. You won’t want to miss this great exhibition!

Gallery 217 | Don Taft University Center
February 20 - March 6
Opening Reception: February 20 | 5-7:00 p.m.

Annual Juried ExhibitionAnnual Juried Art Exhibition
The Annual Juried Art Exhibition is a FREE event sponsored by the Department of Performing and Visual Arts. Open to all majors and minors, students submit original works of art to be judged for prizes, all studio art and graphic design media is accepted.

Gallery 217 | Don Taft University Center
March 22 - April 20
Opening Reception: March 22 | 5 - 7:00 p.m.

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences supports the academic and experiential learning of undergraduate students studying the performing and visual arts. Productions and visual art exhibitions hosted by the college's Department of Performing and Visual Arts showcase the unique and diverse work of our students, faculty members, and guest artists. The university and local community are encouraged to attend, engage in, and support these events, which are held in the Performing and Visual Arts Wing of the Don Taft University Center on NSU's main campus.


Students studying and/or participating in art, theatre, dance, musical theatre, music, and graphic design at the college gain access to:

  • Scene and costume shops
  • Dance studio
  • Orchestra, choral, and music practice rooms
  • Music keyboard and technology labs
  • Studios dedicated to painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and graphic design

The college's theatrical and musical performances are held in the 230-seat Performance Theatre and the 100-seat Black Box Theatre. Visual art exhibitions by student, faculty, and emerging artists in solo, group, and juried exhibitions are held in Gallery 217.


Auditions are generally held twice a year, at the start of the fall and winter semesters. Auditions are open to all students, faculty, and staff of NSU.

Box Office

Tickets can be pre-purchased online, or at the box office the day of the show. To pre-purchase tickets, visit the “Performing Arts Schedule” tab, and select the show you wish to see. You will be redirected to OvationTix to complete your purchase.

All performances are open to the public. For ticket information, call (954) 262-8179.

Tickets are not required for entrance to visual art exhibitions held in Gallery 217. Gallery hours vary.

Parking and Directions

  • Directions to Campus
  • Once you enter NSU's north entrance on Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., proceed to the parking garage on your right.
  • Exit the garage and walk south.
  • Continue past the Alvin Sherman Library on the left (east).
  • The Don Taft University Center will be straight ahead (south/southeast of garage).
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