The arts start here!
Art exhibitions, dance performances, theatre productions, music concerts, operas, lectures, and much more are available on campus.
Many events are free, and all are open to the public. University artists and nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists share their talents with the campus and community, help to create a vibrant arts scene, and boost the region's economic and cultural vitality.
E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall
E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall has hosted an impressive array of speakers over the years, from then-President Bill Clinton to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. It's also the site of many important campus events, including Commencement. See what's coming to the E.J. Thomas Hall.
All of the University's academic programs in the performing arts - music, dance, theatre, and arts administration - are under one big roof at the recently expanded Guzzetta Hall. Adjacent to Guzzetta Hall is E.J. Thomas Hall, creating an artistic, educational and cultural hub for the campus and community.
The world-class Center for Dance and Theatre at Guzzetta Hall is home to the School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration. The center features seven technology-enhanced dance studios, including the Francia Holliday Albrecht Dance Performance Studio, a design and lighting studio, scene and costume shops; trainer and physiotherapy facilities; locker rooms; and technology-enhanced classrooms.
The original portion of Guzzetta Hall, built in 1976, is home to the UA School of Music. Guzzetta Recital Hall is a 250-seat concert venue presenting more than 300 music performances a year, including the Kulas Concert Series, operas, musicals, recitals, and more.
A professional-quality recording studio and a Music Computer Center are also in Guzzetta Hall. Sandefur Theatre in Guzzetta Hall is a flexible black-box theatre seating up to 125 patrons. Varian Theatre is a black-box studio space for classes as well as the performance of experimental plays and intimate work.
NEW! National Center for Choreography at UA
The University of Akron and DANCECleveland will launch a new center for choreography — only the second in the nation — where the country’s finest dance professionals will create new work. More.
The Paul A. Daum Theatre is a 250-seat proscenium space in Kolbe Hall. You can see plays, musicals, dance performances, lectures, and more there.
Folk Hall and the Emily Davis Gallery
Folk Hall, home of the Myers School of Art, is among the largest and most impressive art facilities in the region. The renowned Emily Davis Gallery (right) in Folk Hall showcases work and lectures by emerging and established contemporary artists.