Minor in Performing Arts

Designed for the student who wishes to explore the fields of dance, music and theater rather than specialize in one area, the minor in performing arts provides motivated students the opportunity to learn about all three areas while performing for two years in one or more of the department's performing groups.

Required Courses
DANC 210Introduction to Dance3.0
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
Applied music (two terms selected from MUSC 241/242)4.0
THTR 115Theatrical Experience3.0
Theatre Elective3.0
Dance Elective3.0
Performing Arts Electives7.0
Performing Arts Practicum *0.0
Total Credits26.0


Performing arts practicum (6 terms from MUSC 101 - MUSC 115, THTR 130 , and/or DANC 131 - DANC 133).



Performing Arts Faculty

Luke Abruzzo, MM (Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts) Music Program Director. Assistant Teaching Professor. Music theory, electronic music, guitar.
Nicholas Anselmo, MFA (University of California) Theater Program Director; Director of the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP). Associate Teaching Professor. Directing, acting, musical theater and scene study.
Scott Bacon, MS (Drexel University) Ensemble Coordinator. Assistant Teaching Professor. Rock music, introduction to music, piano class and private percussion instruction.
Karen Banos, BFA (University of Pennsylvania). Adjunct Instructor. Violin and viola.
Farid Barron Adjunct Instructor. Jazz piano instruction
Mark Beecher Adjunct Instructor. Percussion ensemble and instruction.
Angela Bilger, MA (Julliard School of Music). Adjunct Instructor. French horn.
Bobbi Block, MA (Villanova University). Adjunct Instructor. Theatrical improvisation.
Damon Bonetti, MFA (Florida State University). Adjunct Instructor. Acting fundamentals, scene study and play direction.
Jenna Simone Boyes, DPT (Drexel University). Adjunct Professor. Kinesiology for dance.
Perry Brisbon, MM (Temple University). Adjunct Instructor. Voice.
Wesley Broadnax, DMA (Michigan State) Director of Concert Band and Pep Band. Assistant Professor. An active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator;conducted several All-State and honors bands both nationally and internationally.
Jim Bunting, BFA (University of the Arts, Philadelphia). Adjunct Instructor. Jazz dance.
Wanda Canfield, MA (Temple University). Adjunct Instructor. Piano.
Jose-Antonio (Dom) Chacon, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Instructor. Theater production; lighting design.
K. C. Chun-Manning, MFA (University of Illinois). Adjunct Instructor. Dance ensembles.
Antoinette Coward-Gilmore, MA (New York University). Adjunct Instructor. African dance, modern dance.
Peter DiMuro, MFA (Connecticut College). Associate Teaching Professor. Professional modern dancer, actor and choreographer focusing on group process driven, collaborative work. Specializes in community based projects with wide raging social concerns.
Mina Estrada, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dance ensemble and FreshDance producer, FreshDance assistant director, modern, jazz, improvisation, choreography.
Clyde Evans Adjunct Assistant Professor. Director of Chosen Dance Company; hip-hop.
Ellen Gerdes, EdM (Temple University). Adjunct Instructor. Pedagogy and politics of dance in China and Taiwan; dance and cultural studies.
Miriam Giguere, PhD (Temple University) Program Director, Dance. Associate Professor. Professional modern dancer, choreographer and dance educator whose research centers on cognition during the creative process. She has published nationally and internationally and is a frequent presenter on the integration of dance and academics at national and international conferences.
Tania Isaac, MFA (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Caribbean-American dancer/choreographer; fusion of choreography with personal documentary and social commentary to grapple with identity, post-colonial issues, feminism and juxtapositions of European and African influences.
Lucinda Lea, BA (Indiana University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Ballet.
Jennifer Morley, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Master Pilates instructor and director of the Drexel Pilates Teaching Training program; modern dance, choreography.
Dawn Morningstar, MA (Drexel University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Practicing dance/movement therapist.
Carl Paris, PhD (Temple University). Adjunct Associate Professor. Interdisciplinary approach to dance studies, cultural studies and issues around black dance and performance.
Steven Powell, DMus (Indiana University). Professor. Successful composer and the author of articles on sound synthesis and choral performance techniques. He owns his own music publishing company, does professional music engraving, is the author of music publication software, and is an expert in desktop publishing.
Olive Prince, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Choreography, creative process and improvisation; Director of Olive Prince Dance.
Meredith Rainey Adjunct Assistant Professor. Former soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet and director of Carbon Dance Theater. Ballet, choreography.
Heather Smalley, BS (Drexel University) Assistant Director, Dance Ensemble . Adjunct Assistant Professor. Arts administration.
George L. Starks, Jr., PhD (Wesleyan). Professor. Jazz and classical saxophonist who has received recognition from Downbeat magazine, and is a nationally respected scholar and ethnomusicologist who has published on many aspects of the African-American musical tradition.
Ximena Varela, MA (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Comparative cultural policy, linkages between changes in economic and social policy and shifts in models of organization in the arts.
Stephen Welsh, MFA (Temple University). Adjunct Assistant Professor. Choreography, modern dance.
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