Coming soon: The Sloan Performing Arts Center

The performing arts are alive on the River Campus at the University of Rochester. Music, dance, and theater are catalysts for creative expression, leadership, and teamwork. In 2021, the University will open the doors to a much-needed space for our students and campus community: the Sloan Performing Arts Center.

​Setting the stage

In addition to a 25,000-square-foot, 200-seat studio theater, the Sloan Performing Arts Center will house a café, scene shop, dressing rooms, costume shop, and a green room. Construction will begin in the fall of 2020.

​Creative collaboration

From engineering and environmental science, to music and mathematics, to psychology and studio arts, students here—regardless of major—embrace the core components of the performing arts: music, theater, and dance and movement. They participate onstage, backstage, and as audience members.

Dance and movement

Public health joins dance to put arts into action.

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Theater production visits work of avant-garde Cuban-American playwright.

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Symphony Orchestra, dancers to explore theme of immigration.

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Performing arts spotlights

Motion captured at first-ever ToddX

Noshir Dalal ’03, an actor and motion-capture artist, presented a workshop on motion-capture techniques in film and video games as part of the workshops, panels, and talks that comprised the first ToddX events focusing on theater, dance, arts, and new media. Read story.

An act of giving

“We have always been theater goers and our family, including our daughter, Dana ’05, has benefited in so many ways from our involvement with theater. Ensuring that future students of all academic backgrounds have the same opportunity to experience
and enjoy live theater, whether as audience members or as part of the team, is something we value.

To do something special for my 50th Reunion, in addition to our outright gifts, we funded a charitable gift annuity that will provide
lasting support for the University of Rochester International Theatre Program and guaranteed lifetime income for us. It’s a simple way to make a gift that creates great value for the University, the students, and for us.”

Drew Mittelman ’68, P’05
Maureen Adduci P’05

The Mittelmans are Founding Members of the Wilson Society. As members of the George Eastman Circle, they also support the School of Arts & Sciences and Athletics. Drew serves as a volunteer leader on University regional and national councils.

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The world’s a stage

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The show goes on

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A conversation with Nigel Maister

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Fast facts


105 music courses available on the River Campus


16+ co-curricular dance organizations students can join


The University ranks 8th among American universities and 18th in the world for performing arts education*


40 performing arts-based clubs with 1,000+ students participating in them


18 theater productions performed through the International Theatre Program and various student-run groups in 2017-18

*2017 QAS World University Rankings

Enhancing the performing arts

Learn more about the Sloan Performing Arts Center.

Join us

Your philanthropic support plays a vital role in nurturing creativity, enriching the overall experience of our students, and feeding a lifelong passion for the arts. Learn more about naming opportunities here. Additionally, your generosity can provide the academic and programmatic support along with the technology needed to make the best performing arts experiences possible for our students.

For more information:

Ashley Smith
Senior Director of Advancement for the School of Arts & Sciences University of Rochester
(585) 276-6561 |