Bi-College Theater, Dance, and Music

The 2014-2015 Arts at Bryn Mawr brochure is available for download here.

Theater at Bryn Mawr

Mark Lord, Catharine Slusar,
and Maiko Matsushima

Wear comfortable shoes, expect the unexpected, and reserve your place online here, by emailing, or by calling 610-526-5210.

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Upcoming Events



Thursday, January 22

6:00pm to 10:00pm

Goodhart Common Room


Saturday, January 24

11:00am to 2:00pm

Stokes 102

Interested in auditioning for the spring semester Theater Program show? This will be a “devised” piece—that means that the director and actors will work together to create the show, and the show will focus quite a bit on the experience of being at Bryn Mawr as a student. The working title of the show is currently “Crossing Bryn Mawr.”The director, Adrienne Mackey, will be a guest faculty member in the Theater Program this semester, and she is also the artistic director of Swim Pony Performing Arts, a Philadelphia theater company.

EVERYONE (really—EVERYONE) is welcome and invited to audition: Bryn Mawr students, Haverford students, people with tons of acting experience, people who have never even considered acting before! Come join us—we want to meet you.

For the audition: 

Please sign up for an hour-long audition slot—you’ll find a sign-up sheet outside the Teaching Theater in Goodhart. During this time you will participate in a brief warm up, play a few games, work with a text (see below) and learn a short song.

No previous experience is needed in acting or music. Below is a short bit of text from the play Phaedra (translated by Hughes). This will be something we play with during the hour workshop. You don’t have to memorize (though feel free to) but having read it through out loud a few times might help.  

Yes, their love exists.
It exists and it will last.
I cannot bear to imagine it.

Short Description:

What if the journey of college were abstracted into a myth?

In “Crossing Bryn Mawr” the audience is invited to imagine the experience of a single student from orientation to graduation transformed into a fairy tale fable. Using the inspiration of the hero’s journey in which a protagonist sets out on a fantastic adventure to overcome a series of obstacles in order to bring back a treasure to their homeland, this story follows the course of a young woman as she sets out in search of knowledge she believes will unlock the future and eventually returns four years as a richer, wiser, and changed person.

More details on the narrative to be created:

The world is a bright, colorful and fantastic one. There is a sense of this story like a myth – a timeless place that is both incredibly old but not in any literal moment from the past. There is a sense of myth and symbolism, of magic realism. The story will be told in four acts – each representing a year of Bryn Mawr – in which the main character travels to a different land (each with a unique color, sound and texture) and interacts with the unique challenges and inhabitants of its landscape. Freshman year might become a giant ocean in which our wanderer is first immersed and almost drowns until she finds a life raft that brings her to a hospitable island. Sophomore year could become a dense forest in which the same character has to navigate a series of paths (a stand in for deciding a major) each leading to a potentially different outcomes. Junior year could be a trial in a land of fire, in which all childish interests are burned away. The final year could be the sky itself in which the character must take only those things which are intangible into their heart and fly back with the knowledge gained.

The process will ask students to identify key buildings, experiences, people and traditions and then find exciting and theatrical ways to heighten these ideas into fable elements. A book may become a trusted friend, finals transformed into a gorgon that re-appears at the trial in each of the four locations, fear and a sense of overwhelming workload may become a sand pit that the young woman has find her way out of. Unique elements to the Bryn Mawr experience will be gleaned from rehearsals and abstracted. Lanterns from the lantern ceremony might become a swarm of fireflies, flowing around the space as our heroine enters this new place. Songs and chants will definitely be a huge theme – something that is repeated and complexified around her. As she continues, she (and the audience) will hear these mysterious tunes again and again. The style of delivery may be sung, incantation, heightened language in a poetic style.

One last element that I’d like to include is a sense of a line of such protagonists having made this journey/trial and that this woman we see begins as a freshman and ends the story by becoming one of the chorus, herself continuing the chain of passing on of knowledge to the next one student beginning fresh as a newly inducted explorer.

Spring 2015 Theater Production

Working Title: Crossing Bryn Mawr
Directed by Adrienne Mackey
Friday-Sunday, Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, 16-18, 7:30 PM
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

Archive of Past Productions

Dance at Bryn Mawr

Linda Caruso-Haviland and Madeline Cantor

From ballet to experimental, hip hop to Flamenco, explore the power and poetry of movement. Information: (610) 526-5208. For more information on the Dance Program and details on performances and classes, visit the dance department web page.

Upcoming Events:

Faculty Dance Concert
Saturday, February 7, 7:30 P.M.
Pembroke Dance Studio, Pembroke Hall

Tabitha Student Dance Concert
Saturday-Sunday, February 28-March 1, 7:30 PM
Pembroke Dance Studio, Pembroke Hall

Spring Dance Concert
Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, 7:30 PM
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall
Students in works by faculty, guest artists and advanced student choreographers.

Past Events

Fall Student Dance Concert 
Saturday-Sunday, November 22-23
7:30 P.M.
Student-directed dance works
Marshall Auditorium, Haverford College

Poster for Spring Dance Concert 2014

Spring Dance Concert
Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, 7:30 P.M.
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

Bryn Mawr and Haverford students dance in works ranging from ballet to African, from modern to Hip-hop, created by noted Philadelphia choreographers Myra Bazell, Melanie Cotton, Nia Eubanks Dixon, Meg Foley, and Nora Gibson and student choreographer Sofia Ranalli. This year’s concert will also feature our students performing the landmark 1935 Martha Graham work, Steps in the Street, directed by  former Graham dancer and licensed reconstructor, Jennifer Conley.

Faculty Dance Concert, February 8, 2014

Faculty Dance Concert
Saturday, February 8, 2014 8:00 P.M.
Pembroke Dance Studio, Pembroke Hall

Come to the Faculty Dance Concert to see new work by some of the artists who teach in Bryn Mawr's Dance Program in the intimate atmosphere of the Pembroke Dance Studio. On the program is Nora Gibson Performance Project's ongoing work in new formalism; Corinne Karon of Tap Team Two with a duet in the hoofing style of tap;  Kyle Clark and Dinita Askew of Rennie Harris Puremovement in a hip hop duet; and Meg Foley, 2012 Pew Fellow in the Arts, continuing her improvisational practice with Lay of this Land. Admission is free. For further information contact Mady Cantor at or 610-526-5602.     

Music at Bryn Mawr & Haverford

Heidi Jacob and Thomas Lloyd

A wide variety of concerts are presented in Thomas Great Hall (TGH) and in the Music Room (MR) at Bryn Mawr College, and in Founders Hall (FH) and Marshall Auditorium (MA) at Haverford College.

2014-2015 Bi-Co Music Events Calendar
Upcoming Events

Spring Orchestra Concert
Friday, April 10, 8pm
Haverford College - Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D MInor, Op. 47
Winner of Bi-Co Concerto Competition

Spring Chorale Concert
Sunday, April 26, 3pm
Haverford College - Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium

Chamber Singers' Rotunda Concert
Thursday, April 30, 4:45pm
Haverford College - Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center

Bryn Mawr & Haverford Chamber Music
Spring Chamber Music Concerts
Take a break from studies and enjoy student chamber music concerts.
All are free and open to the public.
Spring Chamber Music Concert #1
Thursday, April 30, 7:30pm
Bryn Mawr College – Goodhart Music Room
Spring Chamber Music Concert #2
Monday, May 4, 7:30pm
Haverford College - Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium

Spring Chamber Music Concert #3
Tuesday, May 5, 7:30pm
Bryn Mawr College – Goodhart Music Room
Chamber Singers’ Annual Commencement Concert
Friday, May 15, 8:30pm
Bryn Mawr College - Thomas Great Hall

Past Events

Bryn Mawr / Haverford Annual Student Ensembles Concert
Saturday, October 25, 8:30pm
Haverford College - Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium

Bryn Mawr & Haverford Orchestra
Fall Orchestra Concert
Friday, November 21, 8pm
Haverford College - Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium
Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Mozart - Idomeneo Overture;
J.C.Bach - Sinfonia Op. 18, No. 2 in B flat Major (Lucio Silla Overture)
Music for Percussion Soloist and Chamber Orchestra by Charles Cacioppo with Scott Robinson Percussion

Bryn Mawr & Haverford Chorale
Fall Chorale Concert

Sunday, December 7, 3:00pm
Haverford College - Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium
Berlioz  -  Chant sacré (from Irlande, Op 2: No. 6)
             -  Meditation religieuse (from Tristia, Op 18: No. 1)
Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
Duruflé – Requiem (full orchestra version)

Bryn Mawr & Haverford Chamber Singers
Annual Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 11, 8pm
Haverford College - Founders Hall

Bryn Mawr & Haverford Chamber Music
Fall Chamber Music Concerts
Take a break from studies and enjoy student chamber music concerts.
All are free and open to the public.

Spring Chamber Music Concert #1
Wednesday, December 10, 7:30pm
Bryn Mawr College – Goodhart Music Room

Spring Chamber Music Concert #2
Monday, December 15, 7:30pm
Haverford College - Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium

Spring Chamber Music Concert #3
Tuesday, December 16, 7:30pm
Bryn Mawr College – Goodhart Music Room