• 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.

  • 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.

    Crossroads: Four Perspectives

    October 10 – November 14
    Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday 1 – 5 p.m. or by appointment
    Opening Reception October 10, 5 – 7 p.m.

    Placing the human role in reclaiming the earth’s environmental health front and center, Crossroads: Four Perspectives features four area artists who work in a medium called encaustic. The artists, Debra Claffey, Pat Gerkin, Donna Hamil Talman and Charyl Weissbach, dedicate their work to raising awareness of the need for sustained efforts in reclaiming the natural balance of the ecosystem on our planet.

    Social Media Links

    Facebook @VPAatWorcesterState
    Twitter @WSUVPA
    Instagram @WSUVPA

    Contact Information


    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.

    Fall Chorale Auditions

    September 17, 7 p.m.
    Sullivan Auditorium
    Open for all voice parts

    30th Reunion Concert of the WSU Chorale

    Join the Chorale and Chorale alumni from the past 30 years, combined in a choir of over 100 voices, as they sing a capella favorites from over the years.
    October 26, 4 p.m.
    All Saints Episcopal Church
    Contact Christie Nigro at, 508-929-8824, and at the door

    African Drumming

    Come hear African Drumming students play fun, funky, upbeat music from the cultural vibrant nation of Ghana. Audience members also try the beats!
    December 10, 3:30-4:00 p.m.
    Sheehan Lobby

    Jazz Ensemble

    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.
    December 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Student Center Blue Lounge

    Choral Concert

    The WSU Chorale joins the Christmas by Candlelight celebration at Old Sturbridge Village.
    December 7, 5 p.m.
    Old Sturbridge Village
    Included with admission

    Winter’s Spirit: A Celebration in Song

    The Chorus and Chorale raise the spirit of winter with uplifting musical performances of popular tunes and seasonal favorites.
    December 8, 3 p.m.
    Our Lady of Angels Church, 1222 Main Street, Worcester
    $7 students
    $10 general public and seniors
    Contact Christie Nigro at, 508-929-8824, and at the door

    Fall Mosaic of Music

    WSU students in the applied music program offer their vocal and instrumental performances in this fall’s mosaic of music.
    December 10, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Fuller Theater

    Holiday Pops Concert

    The Chorale joins the Holiday Pops concert at Mechanics Hall.
    December 14, 8 p.m.
    Mechanics Hall

    VPA Coffee House Series

    Check VPA social media and our website for information about upcoming coffee house programs featuring musical performances by students in VPA’s applied music program. Coffee Houses take place on alternating Fridays in either the LRC Startbucks Café or the Sheehan POD.

    Social Media Links

    Facebook @VPAatWorcesterState
    Twitter @WSUVPA
    Instagram @WSUVPA

    Contact Information

    Christie Nigro, Choral Performances,
    Kyle Martin, Applied Music Performances,

    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.

    Romeo and Juliet Auditions

    September 9, 6 p.m. – Transfers and Freshmen
    September 10, 6 p.m. – Open Call
    September 11, 6 p.m. – Movement and Call Backs
    Fuller Theater

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    "A pair of star-crossed lovers" find each other against a backdrop of strife that pits neighbor against neighbor in one of the world's greatest romantic stories, transformed to a modern setting.
    November 21, 22, 23, 7:30 p.m.
    November 24, 2 p.m.

    Fuller Theater
    Student $7
    Senior $10
    General $14
    Contact, (508) 929-8843, and at the door

    Social Media Links

    Facebook @VPAatWorcesterState
    Twitter @WSUVPA
    Instagram @WSUVPA

    Box Office

    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.