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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

Reign of Terror
Reign of Terror: An Evening of Gothic Stories*

Black Box Theatre | Don Taft University Center
October 13, 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Click HERE for tickets

Dance Awareness Day
Dance Awareness Day
Come join the NSU Dance faculty and students in 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. You won’t want to miss this fun, free event!

Miniaci Performing Arts Center, Performance Theatre, Black Box Theatre, Studio 233
October 25 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Performance Theatre | Don Taft University Center
November 3, 4 | 7:30 p.m.
Click HERE for tickets

A Dog's House
A Dog's House*
Full Length, Dark Comedy by Micah Schraft
“On the surface, Michael and Eden are a solid pair with a bright future. When their beloved Rottweiler, Jock, grows unexpectedly violent—killing the neighbors’ toy poodle, and then taking a bite out of the neighbor—Michael and Eden must confront darker truths in their relationship that have been ignored for too long.” – Dramatists

Black Box Theatre | Don Taft University Center
                                     November 17, 18 | 7:30 p.m.
                                     November 19 | 2 p.m.
                                     Click HERE for tickets

Improv Jam
Improv Jam: A Night of Comedy presented by Stage2 Productions*
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
December 1 | 7:30 p.m.
                                     Click HERE for tickets

Music Concert
Music Concert*
Portraits in Music will have performances from music faculty, students, and other special guests with diverse backgrounds, not only in culture but in career paths, yet music is what binds us together. Performances by our very own Mako Band, Music Faculty, and Guest Artist such as Sudha Ragunathan (one of the brightest stars of Carnatic music in India).

Performance Theatre | Don Taft University Center
January 23 | 7:30 p.m.
                                     Click HERE for tickets

House of Blue Leaves
House of Blue Leaves*
Dark Comedy, Full Play by John Guare
“Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zookeeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York, where he lives with his wife, Bananas, much to the chagrin of Artie’s downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus, who’ll sleep with him anytime but refuses to cook until they are married. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie’s son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix, stowing a homemade bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Also arriving are Artie’s old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn, with starlet girlfriend in tow, who holds the key to Artie’s dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.” – Samuel French

                                      Black Box Theatre | Don Taft University Center
                                      February 23, 24 | 7:30 p.m.
                                      February 25 | 2:00 p.m.
                                      Click HERE for tickets

Facing Forward
Facing Forward

Commissioned by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Facing Forward is a fast-paced play full of humor, information, and poignant moments spotlighting our young community and breast health awareness. Facing Forward was written by Elena Maria Garcia, an award-winning performer and playwright (Fuacata! or A Latina's Guide to Surviving the Universe, Do You Speak Mexican?) and directed by Gail Garrisan.

Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
                                      March 1 | 5:00 p.m.
                                      Free Admission

Broadway Bash
Broadway Bash*
2018 Broadway Bash: MisCast is a unique Broadway Revue offering our students the opportunity to examine gender roles within the classic and contemporary Broadway musical genres by performing songs normally sung by the opposite-sex. Get ready for a gender-bending experience like no other!

Performance Theatre | Don Taft University Center
April 6 | 7:30 p.m.
                                     Click HERE for tickets

The 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 ALL within a 24 hour span, performance of this original work will take place in the evening of the next day!

Black Box Theatre | Don Taft University Center
April 21 | 7:30 p.m.
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Student Choreo
Student Choreography Showcase
Come and witness original work choreographed by students of DANC 4300, Dance choreography.

Performance Theatre | Don Taft University Center
April 27, 28 | 7:30 p.m.

Lecture with Artist Linda Behar

Gallery 217 | Don Taft University Center
October 18 | 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Art Exhibition: Linda Behar & Augusto Soledade

Gallery 217 & Performance Theatre Lobby | Don Taft University Center
October 18 - November 28
Opening Reception: October 18 | 5-7:00 p.m.

Workshop with artist Linda Behar
Printmaking Studio | Don Taft University Center
October 19 | noon-1:00 p.m.

Senior Showcase: Juxtaposition
PVA Lobby | Don Taft University Center
February 22-April 20
Opening Reception: February 20 | 5-7:00 p.m.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition
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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