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Arts & Performance

William & Mary students have never met a stage they didn't like. In fact, the first theatre in America was built in Williamsburg in 1716, and twenty years later a group of William & Mary students put on the first student play in the colonies. Whether it's a night of comedy improv, installing a new exhibit at the Muscarelle or Andrews Gallery, or watching a friend's fusion dance team compete, W&M students and faculty immerse themselves in the experience.

Tap into the same creative energy that nurtured the talent of Glenn Close '74, Jon Stewart '84 and Sara Schaefer '00:

Two dancers perform a dance together

Two students perform in the Asian Folklore Performance, the culmination of a five-week session that engulfed the students in the history, culture and artistic tradition of storytelling through dance.

Art has the power to transcend boundaries, evoke emotion, and challenge us to see the world in new and beautiful ways. At William & Mary, art is for everyone.

A group performs on stage

W&M’s {{,theatre and performance department}} put on PIPPIN, a high-flying, death-defying hit musical full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of WICKED.

Students working in a print studio

Students create etchings on copper plates in the printmaking studio overlooking Lake Matoaka. At the end of the semester, classmates often create numbered editions of a favorite print to share with one another as a class folio. Students also showcase their work in {{,Andrews Gallery}} in various media and studio areas including ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, architecture, sculpture and photography.

Kristin Hopkins '15

At W&M, students and professors come together to create amazing collaborations every day. Kristin Hopkins '15 was selected as a student choreographer for the production of ‘Crowns,’ directed by Omiyẹmi (Artisia) Green, professor of {{,theatre}} and {{,Africana studies}}.

Students playing in the wind symphony

The Wind Ensemble performed in their winter concert with Paul Bhasin conducting. W&M's music department is home to a variety of traditional, non-traditional and world-music {{,ensembles}}, with auditions open to both majors and non-majors alike.

Students of Hip-Hop Legacy, Talk to Plants and The Masaharu Effect opened for headliner Frankie Cosmos at WCWM Fest. {{, WCWM 90.9 FM}} and {{, AMP}} sponsor this student-run music festival each year.

Students performing Improv

One of the many improv groups on campus takes the stage in the Sadler Center's Lodge 1 to perform.

A group of students performing a dance

A group performs at the Chinese Student Organization's Harvest Moon Festival during Family Weekend.

John Spike

John T. Spike, Ph.D, assistant director and chief curator at the {{,Muscarelle Museum of Art}}, curated the show Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty, which compared the art of Michelangelo and Leonardo.

A cappella performance on the Last Day of Classes

The {{,last day of classes}} of the spring semester brings Wren bell ringing, celebrating with friends and impromptu a cappella performances.

A student plays Mandolin

The Cary Street Ramblers, {{,Ewell Concert Series}} performers, present an Old-time Music Workshop for William & Mary students.