Performing Arts

  • Harvard Dance Program student in performance. Credit: Liza Voll.

    Performing Arts

    Dance, music and theater at Harvard

Harvard Dance Center 

The Harvard Dance Center’s mission is artistic, academic, and civic leadership. It is a site that leads through equality and dignity for all, aims to foster agency through dance for students, and promotes the arts as agents of social change in the world. 

The Dance Center is the primary venue for dance on campus. Dance offerings include curricular courses led by Dance faculty in Theater, Dance & Media, as well as non-credit Harvard community dance classes which span a wide range of genres for all levels of experience, and which are made accessible to all through a robust tuition assistance program. The Dance Center regularly hosts guest artists and choreographers who teach master classes and hold residencies throughout the academic year, fostering exceptional opportunities for students to work with luminaries and innovators in the field and in disciplines linked to dance. more...

Music

The OFA oversees and supports the activities of a range of professionally-led choral and instrumental ensembles; sponsors an annual Jazz Master in Residence program; offers a co-curricular course in fundamental skills for choral singing; and provides music lesson subsidies and a music teacher referral file. Through the Learning From Performers program, the OFA also sponsors master classes, workshops and lectures featuring classical and popular artists; past participants have included soprano Renée Fleming, conductor and pianist André Previn, singer/songwriters Bonnie Raitt, Suzanne Vega and Rosanne Cash, and violinist/composer Mark O'Connor. more...

Theater

Theater production abounds at Harvard, most of it generated by students acting, directing and designing shows in a variety of venues across campus, including the Loeb Drama Center (managed by the American Repertory Theater); the New College and Agassiz theaters (managed by the OFA); and the Adams Pool Theatre (located in and managed by Adams House). The Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club is the main resource for undergraduate theater production, and the OFA supports the work of the HRDC with production subsidies, project grants, technical assistance, box office and marketing services, and more. more...

Performance Venues

In addition to the New College and Agassiz theaters mentioned above, the OFA manages Sanders Theatre, located in Memorial Hall. Not primarily a venue for theater productions, Sanders—Harvard's largest auditorium at 1100 seats—is used as a lecture hall for classes and is home to several undergraduate choir and orchestral groups and also serves as a venue for many professional performance ensembles. more...