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Exhibitions, Performances & Conversations

Currently, all of Corcoran's artist events, exhibitions and main stage productions across music, theatre and dance will be held virtually.
Please RSVP below to participate virtually in our upcoming season. We hope to see you soon!




Border South

Hostile Terrain 94

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – Monday, February 1, 2021

Sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibit will be built through community participation, and is accompanied by virtual programming, teaching resources, and more.

Throughout the fall semester we will be completing the toe tags representing lives lost and installing them on the map of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona installed in the atrium of the Corcoran Flagg Building.

Spring 2021 Dance Auditions

GW Spring 2021 VIRTUAL DANCE AUDITIONS for Dance Film Shorts

Thursday, January 14, 2021
7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

Maida Withers, Artistic Director
Zoe Warren, Stage Manager

Students: Alison Janega; Hannah Jacobson; Aleny Serna; Jillian Canning;
Gracie Fletcher; Marney O’Connor; Aaron Mancus; others TBD

After submission of audition form, a WEBEX link will be sent to you.

WEBEX will open at 6:30 pm AUDITION will begin at 7 p.m.

Make sure your computer camera or phone camera is working. Dress casual dance clothes, no shoes needed unless necessary for your floor surface. Dance activities will be taught by students and faculty. You will be asked to perform in small groups.

Request the one-page audition form (schedule of classes/work): [email protected]

After submission of audition form, a WEBEX link will be sent to you

Fridays at 5


February 5, 19;
March 5
, 26;
April 9
, 23

5:00 p.m.

The Corcoran Program of Music's Fridays @ 5 is back for Spring with everything from Jazz to Chamber, Electronic to Spoken Word,  representing all that we learn together and building community online! It's fun, laidback and popular with faculty, students, alumni, and anyone who drops in!

All the cool kids will be there – just bring your own pizza!


Museums Today


January 27 – The Civic Mission of Museums - Anthony Pennay 

February 17 – Curating Under Pressure – Janet Marstine 

March 24 – The Resilience Playbook – Gail Anderson and Dina Bailey 

April 21 – TBD

Museums Today discusses critical issues in the museum field and allows students and emerging professionals to network with thought-leaders, authors, and museum veterans. This series is in partnership with AAMG (Association of Academic Museums and Galleries) and takes place on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.

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ACA Acting Workshop Series


No experience necessary; all GW undergraduates are welcome at any session!

Email [email protected] to RSVP or for further information.

Saturday, Jan 30, 2-3:30 p.m. Eeastern Warm Up Your Cold Reads

Saturday, Feb 6, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern Take a Breath! You are Okay: A Relaxation Workshop

Wednesday, Feb 10, 8-9:30 p.m. Eastern Combat for Stage & Screen

Saturday, Feb 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern Acting the Song

Saturday, Feb 27, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern Bringing Yourself to Any Text

Sunday, Mar 7, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern A 5, 6, 7, 8:  A Dance Audition Workshop!

Sunday, Mar 28, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern Me, Inc.: Managing Yourself in the Arts

Wednesday, Mar 31, 8-9:30 p.m. Eastern Musical Theatre Mix/Belt 101

Saturday, Apr 10, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern Theatre of the Oppressed

Saturday, Apr 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern What the Heck is “Meisner Technique”?

Monday, Apr 19, 8-9:30 p.m. Eastern Practicing with Partners: Contemporary Scenes

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"Decolonizing the Classics" Spring Series

Produced by the Academy for Classical Acting, a partnership of The Shakespeare Theatre Company and GW TRDA

Space is limited.  Email [email protected] to RSVP and to receive information about the films.

Friday, Feb 5, 2-3 p.m. Eastern Producing Shakespeare with Incarcerated Populations

Friday, Feb 12, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Eastern Black Feminism & Shakespeare

Friday, Mar 5, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Eastern Queering the Classics

Friday, Mar 12, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Eastern Adapting Shakespeare's Antisemitism

Friday, April 2, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Eastern Disability Theatre




Monday, February 1, 2021
5 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern


Guest Artist / Lecture

Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde (ayo) — a Nigerian-American artist, designer, educator, and time-traveler living and working in New York.

Parsons Design and Technology, The New School for Design
Hostos Community College, the City University of New York
Interactive Telecommunication Program, New York University.


Donna M. Lucey

Sargent's Women: Art as Biography

Thursday, February 4, 2021
6:30 – 8 p.m. Eastern

Open to GW students, staff, alumni, and faculty

The New York Times bestselling author Donna M. Lucey will discuss her latest book, Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas. Drawing upon original letters and diaries, Lucey illuminates the extraordinary lives of four women painted by the iconic Gilded Age artist John Singer Sargent. The women all inhabited a rarefied world of wealth and strict conventions, yet each one managed to do something unexpected, something shocking, to upend society’s rules.

Register for the event here (via Webex).

Image courtesy of Donna Lucey

Now What?! Feminist Exhibition Experiments and Histories

Now What?! Feminist Exhibition Experiments and Histories

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

Point Line Projects (Sarah Rafson)

The feminist movement has impacted every facet of society, including the way we view art and architecture. Unfortunately, feminism’s impact on architecture has been largely overlooked. This lecture will explore one of these under-recognized efforts—an exhibition by the Chicago-based feminist curatorial collective CARYATIDS—as well as recent exhibitions by ArchiteXX and Point Line Projects that aim to put feminist exhibition principles into practice.


Image: Catalogue and exhibition postcard, More Than the Sum of Our Body Parts, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago (1993) “More Than the Sum of Our Body Parts: An Exhibit by CARY, 1992-1993,” Ms1994-023, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Session One

Corcoran Professional Development Series: Session One

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Open to all Corcoran students

Session One of this series will focus on Resumes, Cover Letters, and Social Media. At this session you will hear from GW staff, faculty, and alumni about their experience and expertise in developing resumes, cover letters, and utilizing social media for their careers.




Thursday, February 25, 2021
8 - 10 p.m. Eastern

A Historically Inaccurate and Riotously Tragic Comedy Play reading with audience talkback to follow.

Lauren Bone Noble's suff*rage is a contemporary commedia revenge fantasy about events surrounding the Seneca Falls Convention.

GW's entry to the worldwide Commedia dell'Arte Day - a Zoom Reading of a new bloody, Brechtian, feminist Commedia!


Spring 2021 Dance


Thursday, February 25, 2021
5 - 6 p.m. Eastern

Open to the public

Maida Withers

interactive artist (DC) Robin Bell
filmmaker/visual artist (DC)
Marta Renzi filmmaker/dance choreographer (NY) Giselle Ruzany
dancer, PhD candidate, Lesley University (VA)

Multifaceted conversation about dance, new media, visual arts in the VIRTUAL WORLD.


Meet the Cohort

Meet the Cohort – MFA Social Practice Art Open House

Friday, February 26, 2021
6 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern

We are excited to invite you to a virtual open studio to meet the five artists in the inaugural cohort of the MFA in Social Practice.

Working at the intersection of art and social change, these 5 artists are bringing their skills in entrepreneurship, weaving, photography, dialogue, painting, theater and printmaking to bear on today’s most pressing cultural issues– helping to grow a more just society through art based civic engagement, community building and collective action.


Carolina Layaway Grail

Carolina Layaway Grail

Thursday, March 4, 2021
7:30 p.m. Eastern

By Ally Currin
Directed by Thomas W. Jones II

Diana's grandfather Duck is convinced that all the voices of his dead ancestors reside in his favorite shiny globe. So when he loses it in the City, Diana has no choice but to go on a journey to retrieve it. She embarks upon a post-modern Quest to find it in an unfamiliar and nightmarish landscape, people with fairy-tale figures, sidekicks, bureaucrats, and a scholar who is furious that she doesn't even understand her own "mono-myth!


Session 2

Corcoran Professional Development Series: Session Two

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
7 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Open to all Corcoran students

Session Two of the series will focus on Interviews & Networking. At this session, professionals from the performing arts and design industries will talk about tips and techniques to help you navigate interviewing and networking in the professional world.



Dunhuang, Made and Dedicated with an Undivided Heart

Thursday, March 11, 2021
7 p.m. Eastern

Lecturer: Dr. Neil Schmid
Moderators: Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi and Dr. Divya Kumar-Dumas

This talk addresses several fundamental questions about Dunhuang portraiture and its role in the religious economy of medieval China. This talk concludes with a discussion of how Dunhuang portraits demonstrate continuities in Chinese representations of the self while foreshadowing changes to come in later dynasties.


Session 3

Corcoran Professional Development Series: Session Three

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Open to all Corcoran students

Session Three of the series will focus on Applications. Whether you are applying to an internship or job or applying to start for a residency or graduate school, you won't want to miss this session. Join Corcoran faculty from our Performing Arts, Studio Arts, and Design areas for tips on portfolios, auditions, and applications.


Sarah Carey

Virtual Coffee with Alumni | Sarah Carey CCAS MFA '17

Thursday, March 25, 2021
10 – 11 a.m. Eastern

Virtual Coffee with Alumni | Sarah Carey CCAS MFA '17 | Proprietor, Sarah Carey Design

Sarah holds an M.FA. in Interior Architecture + Design from The George Washington University, attending on fellowship and receiving the prestigious Studio Award upon degree conferral. She's committed to supporting the development of future designers and underwrites the Design Research Grants for graduate and undergraduate students at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design within The George Washington University.


Theory of Relativity

The Theory of Relativity

Thursday, April 1, 2021
7:30 p.m. Eastern

A co-production with the Programs of Music and Theatre & Dance

Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram Book by Brian Hill
Directed by Jennifer Hopkins Musical Direction by Millicent Scarlett

Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.

Tickets Coming Soon

Hearts of Gold

Probable Cause

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

Lately, SPORTS has been preoccupied with the elasticity of the built environment.  How can the world of objects and spaces alternate between the functional and ordinary on one hand and the playful and poetic on the other?  In this talk SPORTS will discuss their work's ambition to flexibly flicker between these states and in doing so, embrace ideas of ambiguity, novelty, and discovery.


Image: Hearts of Gold: Buttonwillow Rest Area, 2018

Dr. Kaira M. CabaƱas

(VASC) Lecture: Meaning, Materiality, and Methods in Modern and Contemporary Art

Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:30 p.m. Eastern

This lecture is free and open to the public

Dr. Kaira M. Cabañas’s lecture draws from her recent book Immanent Vitalities: Meaning and Materiality in Modern and Contemporary Art, in which she describes how shifts in conceptions of art’s materiality came to occur, exploring key artistic practices in Venezuela, Brazil, and Western Europe from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. She charts how artists, ranging from Gego to Laura Lima, distance themselves from dualisms such as mind-matter, culture-nature, human-nonhuman, and even western-nonwestern in order to impact our understanding of what is animate.

This lecture is presented by the Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee and the Art History department.

Contact: Leah Brand


Image courtesy of Bruce Soyez-Bernard

Spring 2021 Dance

Dance Film Shorts Spring 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021
7:30 p.m. Eastern

Maida Withers, Artistic Director

Faculty Choreographer: Anthony Gongora

Featuring the Dance Students Capstone Projects by: Alison Janega; Hannah Jacobson; Aleny Serna; Jillian Canning;
Gracie Fletcher; Marney O’Connor; Aaron Mancus; others TBD

Tickets Coming Soon

Anthea Hartig

Lunchtime Talk: Director Anthea Hartig on her Vision for the National Museum of American History

Friday, April 23, 2021 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Open to the GW community and to the public

Dr. Hartig is the first woman to hold the Director position since the museum opened in 1964. Now two years into her tenure, Hartig is an award-winning public history and cultural heritage expert. She has announced her intention to make the nation's history accessible and relevant and will discuss these ideas with us at the Malaro event.

Email [email protected] to RSVP or for more information. A link with the full details will be sent to you before the event.

NEXT 2021

NEXT Online

Opening May 10, 2021

Over the last decade, NEXT has been held every spring as an innovative end-of-year thesis and capstone show that gives D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art. Visitors get to see student work in the fields of studio arts, art history, interior architecture, design, dance, theatre, music and museum studies and more. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Corcoran from hosting NEXT 2020, but many student artists still found creative ways to complete or rework their projects. In 2021, for the first time in its history, NEXT will be a virtual experience, with a website and online performances and shows, launching on May 10, 2021.

Check back for the website link over the next few weeks.