Our Mission: As a vibrant community of artists/scholars, the Performing Arts program exists to provide rigorous pre-professional training within the context of a comprehensive liberal arts education. Focused on engaged and active training in discipline specific techniques, academic scholarship, and high personal and professional standards, the program empowers students with the skills and dispositions needed to succeed in advanced training, enter the professional arena, and navigate the life of an artist in service to their world community.
The Performing Arts program at the University of Lafayette offers a BFA in Performing Arts with concentrations in Dance and Theatre.
The performing arts offer a conduit to expressing the human experience. Students in the University of Louisiana's Performing Arts program train intensively in concentrations of Theatre or Dance to provide them with the tools to create vital statements on the world around them through those mediums. Our professional training program housed in the context of a liberal arts education provides students with the core disciplines to be successful artists, as well as the breadth of knowledge to examine and interpret the world around them. Our goal is to produce disciplined and versatile artists through work in the studio, engagement in performance opportunities, and immersion in the history and theory of theatre and dance.
Close working relationships with the Performing Arts faculty ensures that students get academic and career advice that is suited to their specific abilities, interests and ambitions. The faculty is comprised of a team of artists and scholars who have extensive professional performing experience and academic credentials. Working as an ensemble with aligned sensibilities and a collaborative approach, the faculty offers students an atmosphere where they are nurtured and stimulated in their quest for artistic achievement, technical mastery and scholarly excellence. Students are also given an opportunity for broader experiences through interaction with guest artists, professional artist residencies, and participation in both the American College Dance Festival and the Kennedy Center American Colllege Theate Festival.
During four years as an undergraduate in the UL Performing Arts program, students have the opportunity to develop and refine their skills as actors, dancers, choreographers, directors or designers and continue wherever their inspiration and abilities lead them. The graduating student will be socially aware, entrepreneurial in spirit and able to successfully navigate an artist’s life.