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Full Frame on the Performing Arts

Most Smith students, as majors, part-time participants in ensembles or productions, course enrollees or audience members, are involved at some point in one or all of the college's performing arts departments. Some courses in theatre and music rank consistently among the most popular at Smith. Here's a snapshot of each performing arts department. (The three departments are represented collectively online at, with links to a performance calendar and ticket information.)


Sample courses: Analysis of Music from a Dancer's Perspective, Julius Robinson; The Mindful Body: Resources for Performing and Visual Artists, Susan Waltner; Video and Performance, Rodger Blum

Kathleen Marshall '85, Tony Award–winning Broadway choreographer and director


Sample courses: Metal and Punk: Rock History Out Loud, Steve Waksman; Aural Analysis, Raphael Atlas; Introduction to World Music, Margaret Sarkissian

Deborah Sherr '73, director, Greenwood Music Camp


Sample courses: Masters and Movement in Performance, Paul Zimet; Voice for Actors, Normi Noel; Shamans, Shapeshifters, and the Magic If, Andrea Hairston; The Art of Theatre Design, Edward Check

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