College of Performing Arts

Training Artists, Transforming Lives.

At the College of Performing Arts (CoPA), we cultivate a vibrant atmosphere that combines abundant possibilities for scholarship, creativity, free expression and intellectual curiosity with real world experience.

  • Woman dancing, leaping through the air.
  • Students conducting music outside.
  • Students learning to direct stage plays behind the scenes.
  • Two dancers on stage, one holding the other above.
  • Actors singing in a stage play.
  • Students performing in a stage play.
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Collaboration, Growth and Opportunity

In the College of Performing Arts, we are training artists and transforming lives, every single day. Our students have exceptional opportunities to learn from master artists and to experience performance in venues ranging from small studios to a state-of-the-art facility like the Musco Center for the Arts. The end-result is a strong record of alumni who have enjoyed rich and diverse careers in the performing arts around the world.

Poster for Desdemona-Othello in repertory
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Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief

February 15-March 3
Presented in rep with OTHELLO
Directed by Nanci Carol Ruby

In Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief, Paula Vogel takes us on a journey behind the scenes of Shakespeare’s Othello. We meet the female characters of this story in sharp contrast to their original depiction. The tragedy is that each woman struggles alone, using the others as means to an end. There are no innocent victims in the female-dominated room Vogel creates, but outside the door, a palpable and senseless violence awaits. Much like Shakespeare’s Othello, Vogel’s Desdemona is a cautionary tale. Can Desdemona, Emilia, and Bianca forge a trust before it is too late?

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