The Performing Arts program offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Minor in Performing Arts. The B.A. covers a wide range of skills, including acting, voice training, body movement, writing, technical skills, and crafting with lights. Students pursue careers as performers, artists, actors, producers, art managers, teachers, and directors. The program also prepares students for graduate studies. The Minor in Performing Arts offers students from any major basic skills and competencies in dance, music, and theatre.
The department organizes an annual five-day festival that features international and local theater productions and provides a platform for Performing Arts students to share ideas, build skills, and network with artists. In addition, LAU hosts annually the International Dance Day Festival in Lebanon (IDDFL), which is part of UNESCO’s International Dance Day Organization. Running since 2011, IDDFL features a week of workshops and sessions, culminating in a major dance performance that includes more than 25 national and international artists and teachers. The department offers, on a regular basis, various workshops and training sessions in the different aspects of theater, music, and dance, and provides students the opportunity to interact and work with professional local and international artists. Each semester, students majoring in Performing Arts prepare plays as part of their course work, and perform them for the public at our three professionally equipped theaters in Beirut and Byblos.