Center for World Performance studies

  • 1730 East Quadrangle
  • 701 East University Ave.
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1245

The Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) was established in 2000 to serve the needs of faculty and a student body with an interest in the discipline of Performance Studies, expressly through a global lens. CWPS promotes the scholarly study of music, dance, and theater and, by extension, all forms of expressive arts across the globe including Asia, Africa, The Middle East, Latin America and the Pacific and Atlantic Islands as well as marginalized groups in Europe and America. Through interdisciplinary and engaged dialogues between scholars, students, and performance specialists from around the world, the Center fosters intellectual work that foregrounds the intimate connections between artistic practices and their complex and dynamically changing cultural environments. As part of the University of Michigan’s Residential College, CWPS is situated at an exciting intersection of scholarly, creative, community and critical practices.