Collage of music, drama, and dance students

School of Creative and Performing Arts

Why Creative and Performing Arts?

Our aim is to reimagine artistry for the 21st century through a careful balance of tradition and innovation. We explore both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on dance, drama and music. We engage with history and the contemporary world in order to become rigorously trained and intellectually agile.

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Dance at night 2019


Combine intensive studio training and rigour with experimentation. Inspire intellectual inquiry. Nurture your passion and share your love of dance with others.

Baby birds performance


Design your own program of study. Combine rigorous artistic creation with advanced academic inquiry.

UCalgary music students


Unleash your creativity and explore how ideas and emotions are communicated through sound. Experience focus, discipline, collaboration and independence.

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

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News and Announcements

From Calgary Prodigy to International Piano Sensation

Pianist Kevin Chen returns to Calgary to perform at Rozsa Centre

Gertrude Stein Shenanigans — A night of classic fusion and contemporary ingenuity

Faculty and Friends Concert Series presents stirring blend of the historical and contemporary

SCPA alumnus wins the 2023 Musical Instrument Bank competition

Daniel Dastoor (BMus’18) will perform on the esteemed 1700 Taft Stradivarius

Happy Birthday SCPA!

Joint the celebration as we turn towards the next decade of creation, performance and inquiry with new emphasis on inclusion, accessibility and responsibility for the planet. Friday, September 8th 2 - 4 pm University Theatre Lobby. Please RSVP via the link below.

Once upon a time, a child wanted to build a forest

Photo highlights of Wagonstage Theatre’s summer 2023 production, The Little Forest

DNCE 581.16 Afro-Urban and Afro-Contemporary Dance

In the media

In the News Marie France Forcier, SCPA, in CBC Radio-Canada

Quand les traumatismes psychologiques s'invitent dans la danse

In the News The Conversation Canada

The theatre we want in 2040? We used ‘strategic foresight’ to plan on the Prairies

In the News Rod T. Squance, SCPA (Music), in The Daily Courier

The skill and communication of musicians gives audience a thrill

In the News Christine Brubaker, SCPA, in Yahoo! News Canada

The theatre we want in 2040? We used 'strategic foresight' to plan on the Prairies

In the News Judith Marilyn Engle, SCPA (Music), in Saltwire

Calgary piano 'phenomenon' Kevin Chen wins top prize at Arthur Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv

In the News Keith Johnstone, former Drama professor, SCPA, in The Guardian

Keith Johnstone obituary


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