School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Limited-edition 'Imagine' grand piano donated to Popular Music Program

Inside Arizona State University’s new high-rise building in downtown Phoenix sits the crown jewel of the Popular Music Program — a 9-foot, limited-edition John Lennon “Imagine” grand piano.

The spectacular instrument, signed by Yoko Ono, has an incredible history. The latest chapter in its story is its donation to ASU by alumna Jeanne Blanchet, an author and musician.

ASU theater students honor Black History Month with one-woman show

Crestcencia Ortiz-Barnett knew she wanted to do something for Black History Month, but she wasn’t sure what.

Then, the Arizona State University Master of Fine Arts in theatre (directing) student read “NEAT,” a play written by Tony Award-nominee Charlayne Woodard, and knew she wanted to direct it. 

“I could not get it out of my head,” she said. “It’s very powerful.”

Celebrating Black History Month: 6 change-makers to know

Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali and Maya Angelou are among the notables frequently mentioned in conversations related to Black History Month — and rightfully so.

But what do we know about other Black change-makers; the many who have gone uncited in history books — the female orators and journalists, the astrophysicists and meteorologists, the music therapists and composers?

Graduate students present innovative dance projects with international flair

Graduate dance students in Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre will present eight pieces of original choreography showcasing a wide range of movement forms in the Dance Graduate Project Presentations concert, including Chinese folk dance, Bulgarian folk dance, Indian classical dance, hip-hop, contemporary modern dance and mixed genres. 

Brushing off Shakespeare: ASU presents bilingual adaptation 'La Comedia of Errors'

It’s Shakespeare as you probably haven’t heard him before: en español. 

The ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre is presenting “La Comedia of Errors” at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse from Feb. 18 through Feb. 27. The production is a bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” written by Lydia Garcia and Bill Rauch.