April 1, 2016

Drama Major Danny Washelesky Wins Latin Translation Prize

Receives Advanced Latin Book Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South

Performing Arts Department drama major Danny Washelesky won the Advanced Latin Book Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South! Washelesky played Clitandre in the department's November production of The Misanthrope and the Marshal in its February/March production of Elephant's Graveyard. He is also directing student theater group All Student Theatre's spring show, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and his play Hell-Burnt was selected for the 2016 A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival.


2017-2018 Colloquium Series

April 13, 2018 - 4:00pm
Spectacles of Interracial Eros of the Cuban Revolution: Black-and-White Duets of the National Ballet of Cuba (1970's)

Lester Tomé-Assistant Professor of Dance, Smith College
Location: TBD


March 23, 2016

The Slaughter Project: Caravan Explores Kinship & Alienation

The Performing Arts Department's Resident Dance Company

As resident dance company in the Performing Arts Department (PAD) in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, The Slaughter Project encompasses a wide range of backgrounds, movement styles, technical accomplishments and performance skills. This year's concert, Caravan, "explores the human experiences of kinship and alienation,” says Cecil Slaughter, professor of the practice in dance and founder of The Slaughter Project.

“The title piece was originally staged in 2010 and is inspired by nomadic culture,” Slaughter says. “As dancers move through the nine works of this year’s concert, they are united by the implied emotional states evoked by shared experiences.”

March 18, 2016

Department Chair Mark Rollins Interviewed about the "Science of Style"

Discusses visual strategies and "games" in pictorial art

In the latest episode of Washington University's College of Arts & Sciences' Hold That Thought podcast, Performing Arts Department Chair and Philosophy & Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Professor Mark Rollins discusses how artists and viewers of their paintings can be thought to engage in a visual "game" with one another. Using Claude Monet's Poppy Field, Dr. Rollins explains how Monet's Impressionist style is gamelike by forcing the brain's "what" (ventral) system to take on the role of the "where" (dorsal) system, creating a sense of movement in the painting. Such examples, he explains, suggest that there may be a "science of style," or mental and neural underpinnings to the way we perceive pictorial art.

March 14, 2016

2016 A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Competition Selections Announced

Congratulations to students Danny Washelesky, Brett Carr, and Andie Berry!

The Performing Arts Department is proud to announce the selections of its 2016 A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Competition! The following three plays were chosen to be workshopped this September with a professional guest dramaturg, culminating in public readings of each play during the A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival on September 30 and October 1, 2016.

The plays:
Hell-Burnt by Danny Washelesky
Cyst Happens by Brett Carr
Son of Soil by Andie Berry

Washington University Dance Theatre: Shadows & Light - "Into the Light," Choreographed by Christine Knoblauch-O'Neal (Dec. 2015)

The Slaughter Project: Caravan March 25 & 26

Artistic Direction by Cecil Slaughter

March 25 & 26 at 8pm
Edison Theatre

Click HERE to buy tickets or call 314-935-6543

As the Performing Arts Department’s Resident Dance Company, The Slaughter Project is a unique blending of talented and expressive movers from very diverse backgrounds who bring with them a wide range of movement styles, technical accomplishments, and performance skills. The company is composed of student dancers, pre-professional and professional artists and serves as a forum that encourages and promotes the vision, development, and individual expression of these emerging choreographers and dancers.



March 8, 2016

'Elephant's Graveyard' Earns Rave Reviews

"An example of the very best that educational theatre can offer"

Says reviewer Steve Callahan of KDHX Community Media: "This Wash U production is an example of the very best that Educational Theatre can offer—and it can offer very fine things indeed. The student cast are, without exception, excellent. The designers of set, lights, costumes and sound quite perfectly serve the needs of this play. And I’ve never heard more wonderfully managed live music [...] The merest whisper of a plucked string, the gentlest tap of a drum-stick say worlds! There is never any competition with the spoken lines. Bravo to music director Henry Palkes."

Elephant's Graveyard (Full Length Version), Written by George Brant & Directed by Jeffery Matthews (Feb. & March 2016)

Elephant's Graveyard (Full Length Version), Written by George Brant & Directed by Jeffery Matthews (Feb. & March 2016)