Theater-by-the-Grove and Dance Theater are produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and present several productions each year. This includes at least three plays, two dance performances, and co-production with Music Theater of a major musical.
Ovations!, Indiana's premier touring performing arts series, also offers additional theater, dance, and music events.
Theater-by-the-Grove, Dance Theater, and Music Theater are funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.
View the Events Calendar for Lively Arts.
The Lively Arts is the umbrella for all performing and visual arts events presented by the College of Fine Arts.
Find an event to attend on our calendar:
August 28–30 and September 4–6 at 8:00 p.m., August 31 and September 7 at 2:00 p.m.; Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
One of Shakespeare’s most magical tales as you
have never seen it before—as a 1930s circus show. This production promises to be exhilarating,
fun, and full of wonder for the whole family.
November 1 at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
IUP Dance Theater and IUP Music faculty, under the direction of Jack Stamp and Holly Boda-Sutton, will present two well-known dance works by composers Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky, Appalachian Spring and The Soldier’s Tale (Histoire Du Soldat).
November 6–8 and 12–15 at 8:00 p.m., November 9 at 2:00 p.m.; Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
Media has claimed the culture. Books are outlawed. Owning one is a crime only flame can punish, and it is Montag’s job to light the match. But when a chance encounter sparks doubt, Montag embarks on a journey that may consume more than words, more than lives. Burn enough books, and some minds will catch fire.
February 19–21 and 25–28 at 8:00 p.m., February 22 at 2:00 p.m.; Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
Before heading off to war in Iraq, Casey Johnson neatly organizes her
life into a box of lists, envelopes, and registration forms for her
son’s activities. Months later, she returns to Western
Pennsylvania forever changed, with deep psychological scars that no
amount of arranging seems to be able to fix.
Tammy Ryan’s poignant Soldier’s Heart shines a light on the struggles facing woman warriors.
March 28 at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Joining forces for a rousing evening of music and movement are two of IUP’s most popular groups, the IUP Dance Theater and the IUP Percussion Ensemble. Under the direction of Holly Boda-Sutton and Michael Kingan, this unique presentation takes on a different beat as the two groups explore the music and dance of different cultures and genres.
April 16–18 at 8:00 p.m. and April 19 at 2:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
When the Baker and his wife learn they have been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a journey for special objects to break the spell. Along the way, they meet up with an assembly of well-known Brothers Grimm characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (of beanstalk fame). Into
the Woods contains some violence and scenes that may not be appropriate for younger children.
Birth of the Cool: A Tribute to Miles Davis
Saturday, September 2, Sound Choices
60’s 70’s 80’s: Artist Legacy of IUP
September 10–November 6, University Museum
September 27–October 5, Theater-by-the-Grove