Department head's message

This program is more than just a performance program. It is a place to nurture creativity and develop strong and effective decision-making and leadership skills.
Anthony Tassa

The Performing Arts Program provides students from any AUS major program the opportunity to explore personal creativity. With myriad opportunities to take leadership roles and develop the soft skills necessary for success in the real world, this program is more than just a performance program. It is a place to nurture creativity and develop strong and effective decision making and leadership skills.

The Performing Arts Program offers minors in music and theatre, each requiring 18 credits of study. Students may pursue studies in any number of areas: singing, piano, choir, Arabic music, acting, costume and scenic design, stage management, and playwriting. This study includes participation, either on stage or backstage, in three program events. The program offers a marvelous opportunity for our students to not only excel in a creative endeavor, but to be part of a program on campus that develops ensemble, comradery, and will certainly make the university experience more well-rounded.

In addition, the program features top-tier international guest artists every year through its AUS International Festivals. The theatre and music festivals alternate years and offer our students a plethora of experiences, matched only by the finest universities in the region. Guided by skillful professional faculty members, we invite AUS students from all across campus to join us, become part of something truly special, and get into the action!

Anthony Tassa,

Professor in Performing Arts and Coordinator, Performing Arts Program

News

AUS to hold Second International Theatre Festival

By Sama Al Taie The Performing Arts Program of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) will hold its Second International Theatre Festival from February 3-11,...
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AUS faculty member co-editor of Cambridge Elements in Second Language Acquisition

Dr. Alessandro Benati, Professor and Head of the Department of English at American University of Sharjah (AUS), is co-editor of the Cambridge Elements in...
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AUS faculty member is co-editor of new book on second language acquisition

An American University of Sharjah (AUS) faculty member recently co-edited The Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition . Dr. Alessandro...
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AUS professor to memorialize stories of Palestinian elders

Dr. Sohail Dahdal, a faculty member from the College of Arts and Science (CAS) at American University of Sharjah (AUS), is working on a project to preserve...
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AUS launches a new Bachelor of Science in Physics, meeting local and global demand for highly skilled scientists

American University of Sharjah (AUS) is launching a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics this coming fall semester, with the first intake of students...
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Events

19
Apr

Environmental Day 2019: The Energy of Science

Main Building
April 19, 2019
08:00 - 08:00
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17
Apr

MCM Media Day

Lecture Hall A & Rotunda, Main Buidling
April 17, 2019
09:00 - 16:00
Free
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21
Feb

AUS Model United Nations

Main Auditorium, Main Building & Main Plaza
February 21, 2019
00:00 - 00:00
Free
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21
Feb

AUS Model United Nations

Main Auditorium, Main Building & Main Plaza
February 21, 2019
00:00 - 00:00
Free
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21
Feb

AUS Model United Nations

Main Auditorium, Main Building & Main Plaza
February 21, 2019
00:00 - 00:00
Free
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05
Dec

DNA: One Act Plays

Arts Rotunda
December 5, 2018
19:00 - 19:00
Tickets: 25 AED AUS ID | 50 AED General Admission
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College of Arts and Sciences

Kholoud Sawaf

My time at the Performing Arts Program was my first introduction to combining artistic instincts with training. I was so inspired and moved by the environment, work and the education offered at the Performing Arts Program at AUS, that it became a home and stirred me to pursue theatre as a graduate degree -- as I later did. That’s how life changing events happen to us; a moment of true inspiration.

College of Arts and Sciences

Kevin Rose Dias

The Performing Arts Program is a sanctuary for those AUS artists who dare to dream big but at the same time need a warm, simple place to begin. I walked into the program never having been on a stage before and walked out having had solo performances in over seven concerts and productions with an audience of over a hundred people per show. The faculty encourages professional performance practices and grooms you to a potential you never knew you had.