School of Music, Dance and Theatre

ASU student's musical journey to Miss America 2022

Music has been a part of Emma Broyles’ life as far back as she can remember. 

Broyles, a music minor in ASU's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, was crowned Miss America 2022 at the 100th anniversary competition on Dec. 16, 2021. Representing her home state of Alaska, she was awarded a record $100,000 in scholarship assistance.

More: ASU honors student Emma Broyles crowned Miss America 2022

ASU team overcomes pandemic to create original musical theater show

More than a year ago, two Arizona State University students discovered that they not only shared a passion for musical theater, they also clicked as a creative team.

Over 14 months and one pandemic, they wrote, directed and produced their show, “Leading Ladies: a new musical.” The student-led workshop production can be seen on Zoom through March 14.

ASU theater alum helps create better work environments for actors

Chelsea Pace is using her expertise in staging sex to create safer spaces for actors.

Pace, who received her MFA in theatre performance from Arizona State University, is an intimacy consultant and choreographer on theater and film projects across the country. Pace’s career path started at ASU with a question: If stage combat scenes are handled so carefully, then why aren’t intimate scenes handled the same way? Faculty and colleagues started referring to her questions as research. 

ASU theater program welcomes new lecturer in technical direction

Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre welcomes Heather Feeney as lecturer in technical direction to the theater program.

“I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with several recent graduates of the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre, and they continuously demonstrate outstanding work ethic, strong skills in their craft and a well-rounded training in theater,” Feeney said. “I am grateful to participate in their academic journey and be an ambassador for them while in school and beyond.” 

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.”

ASU theater students join nationwide effort to bring awareness to gun violence

In the wake of recent mass shootings, many may feel helpless about creating change. But Arizona State University graduate student Marissa Barnathan believes that doesn’t have to be the case.

Barnathan, who is pursuing an MFA in theatre directing in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, said everyone can use their skills to raise awareness.