ACADEMICS

  • Visual and Performing Arts
    Exhibits and Performances

    Worcester State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department offers over 15 arts events per year with 3 to 4 gallery exhibits, 10 to 12 music performances, and 3 full theatre productions. All of these events involve students—whether in the background organizing and setting up the show or in the foreground exhibiting or performing their work. All exhibits and performances are open to the public and affordable; some are free. We welcome your interest in our programs and invite you to attend an upcoming event.

    Spring Semester ’20 Performances

    As the spring semester reaches its peak each year, VPA students perform in their various disciplines. On our Gallery pages, we have posted videos of this year's performances - intended to be in-person performances, but curated remotely due to our distance-learning modaility.

  • Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery

    The Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, located in the Ghosh Science and Technology Center, offers 3 to 4 exhibits per year of current renowned artists and of our faculty and students—all of which allow students and the public to explore the established, edgy, and innovative in the artistic world. The gallery’s mission is to contribute to the cultural offerings of the region by exhibiting work of vitality and interest in the contemporary art world. The Gallery is open Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

    Wits’ End

    February 6 – March 6
    Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.
    Opening Reception: February 6, 5 – 7 p.m. (snow date February 13)
    FREE

    Writing and image, words and abstraction – these inform Michael Hachey’s solo exhibition at the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery. In this art, words and letters resolve and dissolve; they weave, drift, and spill across the paper, depicting a graphic movement of near wordless thought and feeling.

    2020 Student Thesis Art Exhibition

    April 23 – May 7
    Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday 1 – 5 p.m.
    Opening Reception: April 23, 5 – 7 p.m.
    FREE

    VPA’s graduating art students present their capstone work, exhibiting their best work while in attendance at Worcester State. Exhibiting students include: Madeline Bastug, Christine Corrow, Alyaa Dawood, Sara DiBello, Hannah Muggeo, Meaghan Riedle, Judith Roy, Katelyn Seguin, Danielle Williams.

    Social Media Links

    Facebook @VPAatWorcesterState
    Twitter @WSUVPA
    Instagram @WSUVPA
    Blog WSUVPA.wordpress.com

    Contact Information

    508-929-8651
    gallery@worcester.edu

    Worcester State Music

    Worcester State Music stretches the boundaries of performance with choral and instrumental programs that aim to delight, enchant, and educate. Audiences of all ages enjoy the performances around Worcester and on campus of the Chorus, Chorale, Alumni Singers, and a growing list of instrumental ensembles.

    Chorale at El Basha

    March 5, 7-9 p.m.
    El Basha, Park Avenue, Worcester
    $10, through any Chorale member or cnigro@worcester.edu
    Dinner and beverages available separately at the restaurant.

    The Worcester State Chorale takes on the Music of the 1990's with The Bobby Gadoury Trio. Hear some of the hits of the 90's performed by the soloists of the Chorale.

    Spring Choral Concert

    May 2, 7:30 p.m.
    All Saints Episcopal Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester
    $10 students, $12 general public/seniors
    cnigro@worcester.edu

    The Worcester State University Chorus and Chorale and the Alumni Singers perform the Robert Ray Gospel Mass with jazz trio.

    Jazz Ensemble

    April 30, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Student Center Blue Lounge
    FREE

    FREE Live Jazz. Students and community members in the WSU Jazz Ensemble perform live jazz, funk and Latin music under the direction of Jeremy Cohen. Join in on this opportunity to hear piano, bass, drums, trumpet, saxophone, trombone and more – live and in person

    African Drumming

    April 23, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Wasleyan Patio
    FREE

    Come hear African Drumming students play fun, funky, upbeat music from the culturally vibrant nation of Ghana. Audience members also try the beats!

    Spring Mosaic of Music

    May 5 at 7 p.m.
    Fuller Theater
    FREE

    Students in VPA’s music program rev up their talents and deliver on the Fuller Theater stage. Students perform individually, showcasing vocal and instrumental talents, and in ensembles of guitar, wind, jazz and more. Time to enjoy a variety of musical genres.

    VPA Capstone Performances

    As students complete their studies in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, they deliver a capstone project. To learn the dates of these performances and capstone events, check our website and follow our social media.

    VPA Friday Coffee Houses

    VPA music ensembles and students perform in the LRC Starbucks Café and in the Sheehan POD. Check our website and follow our social media channels for upcoming coffee house dates featuring VPA music students and faculty.

    Social Media Links

    Facebook @VPAatWorcesterState
    Twitter @WSUVPA
    Instagram @WSUVPA
    Blog WSUVPA.wordpress.com

    Contact Information

    Christie Nigro, Choral Performances, cnigro@worcester.edu
    Kyle Martin, Applied Music Performances, kmartin@worcester.edu

    Worcester State Theatre

    Worcester State Theatre raises the standard for student production and for audience understanding of the theatre as it brings to the stage, for public and campus audiences, the playwrights that intrigue, deliver a message, and make us think so that we leave knowing why theatre is still relevant on today’s stage.

    The Insanity of Mary Girard by Lanie Robertson

    February 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m., March 1 at 2 p.m.
    Fuller Theater
    $5

    Set in 1790 and based on a true story, Mary Girard becomes the victim of her husband, who commits her to an insane asylum when she becomes pregnant by another man. At that time, husbands in America had the power to commit their wives for any or no reason at all. Mary is powerless in a world that has all the more reason not to listen to her.

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    She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen

    April 30, May 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m., May 3 at 2 p.m.
    Fuller Theater
    Students $7, Seniors $10, General Public $14

    Finding her sister's Dungeons and Dragons notebook, Agnes begins a journey to learn more about her recently deceased teenage sister. The comedic and action-packed journey introduces her to fairies, ogres and 90's pop culture as she uncovers truths about her sister and the world of role-playing games.

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    Social Media Links

    Facebook @VPAatWorcesterState
    Twitter @WSUVPA
    Instagram @WSUVPA
    Blog WSUVPA.wordpress.com

    Box Office

    508-929-8843
    VPABoxOffice@worcester.edu
    Tickets also are available at the Student Center Information Desk.

    Visual and Performing Arts Events

    Extreme ART-ery

    Keep your eyes on our website and social media channels for special Extreme ART-ery events from April 23 – May 5, 2020. Events take place all over campus.