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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.

For information about 2020 Dance major auditions, click here.

All events with a * indicates that it is a ticketed event. For more information, please call (954) 262-7632.

FALL 2019

Guest Artist Exhibition

9/26 - Guest Artist Exhibition: P O L A R O R I G I N S
The Guest Artist Exhibition is a FREE event sponsored by the Department of Performing and Visual Arts. This year we welcome Freddy Jouwayed, a prominent South Florida artist and exhibition designer. In September, Gallery 217 will house his most recent site-specific exhibition, POLARORIGINS, an immersive mixed media experience.

Opening Reception 5:00 - 7:00 PM 
GALLERY 217, Don Taft University Center
Exhibition Run: 9/26 – 11/15
FREE Event


*10/4 - 10/6 - DNA
Written by Dennis Kelley
Short Play, Drama, Ages 13+
“Some teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right?” – Samuel French
This piece was commissioned by NT Education as part of its Connection project, the play was first performed in the Cottesloe Theatre of the National Theatre in 2008.

10/4 and 10/5 - 7:30 PM
10/6 - 2:00 PM
Black Box Theatre, Don Taft University Center
*Ticketed Event

Dance Awareness Day

10/16 - Dance Awareness Day
Dance Awareness Day is a community outreach project led by the NSU Dance program and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This FREE EVENT features a day of dance workshops led by Dance Faculty, Guest Artists and NSU Dance Majors. All levels are welcome and classes will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For details and questions about this event, please e-mail Associate Professor Elana Lanczi, MFA at

10/16 - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Performance Theatre + Black Box Theatre+ 233, Don Taft University Center
FREE Event


10/24 - ArtSage Alliance presents "The History of American Modern Dance"
Take a peek inside the past, present and future of American modern dance. Featuring 2019 VAS Icon of the Arts Honoree EDWARD VILLELLA, legendary American danseur, choreographer, and founding artistic director of Miami City Ballet.

10/24 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Performance Theatre
NSU students/faculty: complimentary
VAS/JKV members: $35
General Public: $50

Dance Works

*11/8 - 11/9 - Dance Works
Dance Works is a dynamic collection of original works featuring choreography from NSU faculty, students, and guest choreographers. This dance concert features a diverse range of styles and showcases the incredible talent of the NSU Dance Ensemble.

11/8 and 11/9 - 7:30 PM 
Performance Theatre, Don Taft University Center
*Ticketed Event


11/15 - Have Yourself a Very Merry Mayfly: A 24hr Theatre Project
Presented by Stage2 Productions (Student Company)
Our Stage 2 students will create original works, cast, design, and stage it ALL within a 24-hour span, the performance of these original works will take place in the evening of the following day! The process begins on Friday 11/15 at 7:30 PM and ends at 7:30 PM on 11/16. (Show on 11/16 at 7:30 PM)

11/15 - 7:30 PM (Show)
Black Box Theatre, Don Taft University Center
FREE Event

Portraits in Music

*11/22 – Portraits in Music: Back to the 80’s
The Department of Performing and Visual Arts’ annual Portraits in Music is a musical concert that will feature performances from music faculty and students, as well as original student works and arrangements. This year enjoy some of the most iconic music from the 1980’s, from Police to Madonna to Queen to Prince, something for everyone! Performances also by our very own Pistris Ensemble and Mako Band.

11/22 - 7:30 PM 
Performance Theatre, Don Taft University Center
*Ticketed Event


Improv Jam

1/24 – Improv Jam 10 presented by Stage2 Productions (Student Company)
At Improv Jam 10, watch NSU students perform in this hilarious variety show filled with original 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!

1/24 – 7:30 PM
Black Box Theatre, Don Taft University Center
FREE Event

Senior Showcase

2/19 - Senior Showcase Art Exhibition Opening Reception
The Senior Showcase 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!

Opening Reception 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Performance Theatre Lobby, Don Taft University Center
Exhibition Run: 2/19 - 3/12
FREE Event

Juried Art

3/18 - Annual Juried Student Exhibition Opening
The 12th Annual Juried Student 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.

Opening Reception 5:00 - 7:00 PM
GALLERY 217, Don Taft University Center
Exhibition Run: 3/18 - 4/17
FREE Event

Something's Afoot

4/17 - 4/19 - Something’s Afoot, A Murder Mystery Musical Comedy
Full-length Musical Comedy, Ages 13+
Music: James McDonald; David Vos; Robert Gerlach; Ed Linderman
Lyrics: James McDonald; David Vos; Robert Gerlach
“A zany, entertaining musical that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries and musical styles of the English music hall of the ’30s. Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country house during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they’re picked off by cleverly fiendish devices. As the bodies pile up in the library, the survivor’s frantically race to uncover the identity and motivation of the cunning culprit.” – Samuel French, Inc.

4/17 and 4/18 - 7:30 PM 
4/19 - 2:00 PM
Black Box Theatre, Don Taft University Center
*Ticketed Event

Student Choreography

4/24 - 4/25 - Student 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.

4/24 and 4/25 - 7:30 PM 
Performance Theatre, Don Taft University Center
FREE Event

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) 262-7632.

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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