The School of Creative and Performing Arts

Together, we will contribute to the redefinition of artistry

The School of Creative and Performing Arts combines the disciplines of music, dance and drama to create a dynamic environment that fosters artistic innovation and excellence.

Established in 2013, we power exploration and discovery in the context of interdisciplinary exchange.

We strive to enrich student experiences that will unleash potential. We develop research outcomes to benefit society. And we build community connections that strengthen our ties within this dynamic environment.

We look to further innovate through scholarship, research and performance, connecting meaningfully with our communities, locally and around the world. 

Student experiences to unleash potential

Invest in a different kind of energy

$400 million

Where creativity sparks performance

We are pushing boundaries and reinventing what it means to be an artist.

Our students have a unique opportunity to tailor their degree to their interests – something that is not possible in other performing arts programs across the country.

We bring students, faculty and audiences together in new and innovative ways. We are graduating artistic directors, choreographers, set designers and educators.

Our dance, drama and music programs are making UCalgary a cultural hub.

Arts meets science in the womb

PhD student Aura Pon’s Womba is a patent-pending musical instrument controlled by an unborn baby’s movements in the womb. It taps into their developing, yet substantial capacities to sense, move, learn and remember long before being born.

Combining her love of music with a passion for technology, Pon’s research involves the use of special sensory technology to create pieces of music.

The Womba has exciting potential to nurture a child’s development, promote parental bonding and offer new possibilities in fetal research and artistic exploration.

Research powers artistic expression

Our faculty members investigate or give artistic expression to the central themes of the human condition, while using contemporary methodologies.

Research in the school is distinguished by diversity – in the modes of investigation, the means of dissemination and the pursuit of the highest standards of scholarship, artistic creation and performance.

The university’s writers, musicians, playwrights and choreographers provide creative expressions of important social issues and contribute significantly to Calgary’s reputation as a cultural hub.

At the crossover of dance and sports

Alum, student and sessional instructor Sarah Kenny is at the forefront of evidence-based practice and the crossover of science and the arts.

Her work focuses on assessing dancers for injury risk and encouraging early interventions to prevent injury and promote healing.

A PhD candidate in kinesiology with a focus on dance science, and a sessional lecturer in the School of Creative and Performing Arts, Kenny completed her BA (Dance) with a specialization in kinesiology at the university.

Energizing a hub for the arts

We are a hub of scholarship, research and performance.

The school connects to the broader community, our city and beyond. Our performance ties to community are fostered through our dynamic, state-of-the-art venues.

From the University Theatre to the outstanding Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, the school is creating a growing cultural hub for the arts in Calgary outside of the downtown district.

With more than 200 performances year-round, we offer a diverse range of contemporary and international productions in dance, drama and music.

Introducing children to performance arts

Since 1971, the drama division’s Wagonstage Children's Theatre has been bringing educational, interactive and entertaining theatre to community audiences.

Now produced in partnership with the Calgary Zoo, Wagonstage plays are written and directed by theatre professionals, and designed and acted by graduate and undergraduate students at the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Civic partnerships contribute to healthy, vibrant communities and provide employment and development opportunities for our students.

Join us in contributing to the redefinition of artistry

Contact information

Tasneem Rahim
Director of Development
403.220.2949
tasrahim@ucalgary.ca