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The performing arts programs at Cedar Crest College reach far beyond developing the talents of gifted actors and dancers. We provide multiple perspectives and experiences for understanding dance and theatre as disciplines of study. As a liberal arts college, we emphasize how the performing arts connect with other academic fields of study. We also will provide you with a framework in which to explore your creativity and express yourself—both artistically and intellectually.

Together, your experiences in the performing arts programs at Cedar Crest College will prepare you to be a strong, creative, confident leader. Graduates of our programs have gone on to professional careers in the performing arts, graduate studies, or rewarding roles in community performances, which they pursue alongside another career path.

The performing arts curriculum and performance opportunities at Cedar Crest College are designed to benefit all members of the college community.

If you are deeply committed to a career in the arts, the department will prepare you for graduate work and entry into the workforce as an emerging artist in a diverse arts industry.

If you are pursuing another academic major, the performing arts department provides opportunities to gain valuable, transportable leadership skills.

By participating in the performing arts program at Cedar Crest College, you will:

We invite you to meet with our faculty, tour our facilities, and talk to us about the role that you would like the performing arts to play in your college experience.

The Cedar Crest College Advantage

Faculty and Peer Mentorship programs
Mentoring by faculty and peers through a number of group sessions assists in developing both your performance and presentation skills.

Multiple performance opportunities
Perform in a variety of shows and concerts, beginning your first semester of enrollment and continuing throughout your four-year program.

A unique curriculum
Our coursework directly links classroom instruction with onstage and backstage experiences.

Career networking and internships
Our students have successfully completed internships with many local and national arts organizations and theatres. We also will help you audition/interview for nationwide summer stock theatre.

Women’s leadership
You will develop your leadership, communication and teamwork skills by working on productions with other students.

Multicultural experiences
Enhance your cultural awareness through involvement in multicultural performances.

The Benefits of Participating in the Performing Arts

The performing arts programs at Cedar Crest College reach far beyond developing the talents of gifted actors designers, and dancers. As a student in our program, you will:

Skills Developed Through the Arts

  • Creative thinking
  • Self-discipline
  • Organization
  • Communication
  • Self-confidence
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Teamwork
  • Global awareness

Mission Statement

The mission of the performing arts majors at Cedar Crest College is to encourage and develop individual artists, to prepare students for future study in the performing arts, and to make available multiple perspectives in dance, theatre, creative writing and music through experiential work, foundational information and skills for all students and offer individual mentoring of advanced students.

SPRING DANCES: We Rise and Fall Together

April 17, 2021
Cedar Crest College Dance Company presents new screen dance works by faculty and guest artists. Artistic direction by Sarah Carlson.


April 24, 2021
Told by and through the voices of current CCC students, alumnae, and community members, this original production will feature local and national news clips, historic documents, and original spoken word and personal reflections revealing our triumphs, our missteps, and the ongoing transformation of inclusion and equity at Cedar Crest College.

Dance | Interrupted

In lieu of Cedar Crest College's live performances of Spring Dances, "Dance | Interrupted" is a dance film about the creative process behind Spring Dances 2020.