Performing Arts Series

The 10th annual Performing Arts Series at the Center for the Arts features a wide array of world-class musicians, cutting-edge choreography, and groundbreaking theater performances and discussions.

Above: performance artist, comedian, and writer Kristina Wong performs her work “Kristina Wong for Public Office” on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 7pm in a live broadcast from the artist’s home in Los Angeles. Image by Larry Sandez.

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Upcoming Events

Noontime Talk with Kristina Wong: Identity, Politics, Comedy, and Activism
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 12:00pm


Wesleyan students join performance artist and writer Kristina Wong for a free virtual discussion about making solo work and addressing social and racial justice issues through the use of comedy and parody. Moderated by Assistant Professor of Theater Maria-Christina Oliveras.
The Era Footwork Crew: “Footwork Saves Lives” Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00pm


The Era Footwork Crew co-founder, dancer, and activist Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver; writer, director, and editor Wills Glasspiegel; and dance group president Shkunna Stewart will discuss their work with the non-profit Open the Circle in a free panel discussion. Moderated by Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka
Engage2020 Speaker Series: Kristina Wong —Reality Television, Political Theater, and Social Change
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6:30pm


Performance artist, comedian, and writer Kristina Wong will discuss her racial, political, and community justice work as part of the Wesleyan Engage 2020 (E2020) initiative.
The Art of Listening: A Conversation with Laurie Anderson
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:00pm


Writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson discusses the art of listening, including the intimate conversations she had as part of “Party in the Bardo,” which she hosted on WESU Middletown 88.1FM, in this free conversation.
Eiko Otake: Virtual Studio Tour and Conversation
Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 7:00pm
Eiko Otake Virtual Studio


A free conversation and tour of the Virtual Studio of Center for the Arts Virtual Artist-in-Residence Eiko Otake. She will be joined by collaborators DonChristian Jones ’12 and Iris McCloughan ’10.