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School of Arts Majors and Minors Fair

Participants at Majors and Minors Fair

Participants at Majors and Minors Fair
Participants at Majors and Minors Fair
Participants at Majors and Minors Fair

Dance Studies Presents: OFF-CENTRE: the (15th) annual SPRING DANCE CONCERT

Spring Dance Concert two dancers

May 5 and 6, at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $5 CSUSM students/faculty/staff/active duty, $8 general public.

New Choreographic Works by Students in Choreography Workshop

Featuring original collaborative choreography by 32 students from DNCE 390 with mentoring by Anya Cloud. Drawing from diverse artistic backgrounds and identities, students will present thought-provoking and exciting new choreographic works. The choreographers and performers are particularly responding to real aspects of the current world and considering the question 'Why make this dance now?'. 

The First Ever CSUSM Dance Studies Alumni work

CSUSM alumni, directed by Kristianne Salcines, are working on a piece that is as diverse as the people in it. In this dance, we take control. We are aware of our differences. We challenge our personal images of ourselves by diving deep into our demographic categories and deconstructing them. We are going back to our roots, trying to understand where we came from and ask how might this affect our moving bodies? As individuals we have our own experiences in our body, our skin, our cultural background; how can we integrate ourselves and how can we create a new kind of people within our community of diversity. We ask ourselves, who are you wearing?

Guest Artist: Brian Gerke

12 dance minors will be performing exciting new choreography by award winning guest artist Brian Gerke. Brian's choreographic work has been featured across Europe. He served as the Director of Contemporary Dance at the National Ballet Academy of Iceland 2009-2012 and he danced for several seasons with the Iceland Dance Company; in 2014 Brian was named Best Dancer of Iceland. In addition to his own work, Brian has worked with diverse artists including Sharon Eyal, Johann Inger, John Jasperse, Donna Uchizono, Lar Lubovitch, Hilary Easton, and Jane Comfort among others. His work is known for rich imagery, intensely virtuosic physicality, and specificity. 

New Ensemble Work: UN/COVER

Created and performed by 24 students, directed by Karen Schaffman, the work delves into physical states that invite our personal lives, selves, and body into the ensemble. 
How do we cover, uncover, and recover through physical research?  And in the process, what do we discover about ourselves and one another?

Policy/La Visita by Antonio Munoz De Mesa, Directed by Marcos Martinez

Based upon a real case, Policy by Antonio Muñoz de Mesa recounts a spirited negotiation in which a clash of values, morality and monetary preoccupation form the substance of a conversation surrounding the Archdiocese insurance policy. At issue in this insurance policy is the insistence on including each incidence of the sexual abuse of a minor as a workplace accident. Policy/ La Visita (in Spanish) will run a little over an hour with no intermission and play in both English (at CSUSM) and Spanish (CCAE). 

Performance dates and times in English
CSUSM Arts Building, Room 101 - Black Box Theatre

April 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th at 7:00 pm
April 24th at 2:00 pm

La Visita
Performance dates and times in Spanish
California Center for the Arts, Escondido - Studio Theatre 1

April 29th & 30th at 7:00 pm
May 1st at 2:00 pm

General Admission: $12
Student Admission: $10

As It Is In Heaven / Presented by CSUSM THEATRE

As It Is In Heaven is the story of a religious community in crisis and is set in 1838 in the Shaker village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.  When a newcomer to the community begins experiencing visions, the older members begin to question their own devotion to the Way, as they haven’t had any such visions.  Alternately dramatic and comic, the play reflects the simplicity of the lifestyle it depicts, and is punctuated by Shaker songs.  Based on actual events from the Era of when reports came to light of young Shaker girls experiencing unusual trancelike activities, communication with angels, and descriptive journeys to heavenly places.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7pm

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7pm

Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7pm

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 2pm & 7pm

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2pm

General Admission - $12 / Student Admission - $10

Celebration of the Arts & dedication of the new music lab: Tuesday, November 3 at 7pm in Arts 111 

Join us for a “Celebration of the Arts” and dedication of the new music lab, recently opened thanks to the support of regional art patrons. Enjoy a concert with renowned music professors Ching-Ming Cheng and Dana Burnett.

GOOD KIDS / By Naomi Iizuka / Directed by Judy Bauerlein

  • October 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th at 7pm
  • October 16th at 11am
  • October 17th at 2pm
  • October 18th at 2pm

General Admission - $12
Students - $10

Good Kids is based on actual events that took place in Steubenville, Ohio in 2012, which involved an intoxicated female who was raped by members of the local high school football team while images and video were posted through social media. The play provides an opportunity for a timely conversation that push-pulls forward the national debate about sexual assault on college campuses. The play also reflects our national obsession with football culture and the way it can create an environment of entitlement among young men.  Good Kids is written by Naomi Iizuka and directed by Judy Bauerlein

Adult language and content.  These plays contain information about sexual assult and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.

STOP KISS /  by Diana Son / Directed by Jason Heil 

November 18, 19, 20, 21 at 7:00 pm

November 20 at 11:00 am 

November 22 at 2:00 pm 

General Admission - $12
Students - $10

"Do you know who I am?"  1990's New York City.  Callie is a traffic reporter trying to figure out how to adult.  Sara has fled her Midwestern family and boyfriend to teach in Harlem.  Just as their new-found friendship is evolving into something more, they are victims of a brutal attack that will change things forever.

Adult Language and Content.  Contains content relating to sexual assault which could be triggering to survivors.


"Aesthetica", a collaborative art exhibition: Thursday, May 14th, 5-8 pm in the Arts Building.

hand reaches down  Led by Professors Judit Hersko and Tatiana Sizonenko, the students in the Process of Art class have been cultivating their creativity and broadening their talents. This show will be a culmination of their work completed during the spring semester and will cover media ranging from painting and music to digital art. Reception to follow.

Join us for Video in the Community Student Films 2015: Tuesday, May 12th at 5:30 pm in ARTS 111.

Students and community partners will join together for a celebration of community engaged student films. We hope to see you there!

10th Annual Student Media Festival:

Friday, May 8th @ 6 pm in ARTS 111.

video festival flier

The annual Student Media Festival brings together hundreds of students, families, faculty, community members and professional media makers in a powerful celebration that presents, celebrates, publicizes and archives the innovative media projects being produced by students at CSUSM.

SofA proudly presents Off-Centre, the 13th Annual Spring Dance Concert!

Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st at 7 pm in ARTS 111.

Vocal Ensemble Concert: Monday, May 4th @ 7 pm in ARTS 111.

Student performers specialize in many different musical styles. Performances will include works from jazz, traditional, popular and classical repertories.

Tukwut Jazz Ensemble Concert: Tuesday, May 5th @ 7 pm in ARTS 111.

The Tukwut Jazz Ensemble's concert will showcase a range of jazz repertoire - from New Orleans to contemporary - that includes both vocal features and instrumental improvisation. Currently, the ensemble consists of a four-piece horn section, a rhythm section of drum set, percussion, guitar, piano, bass and six vocalists.

Gamelan Ensemble Concert: Wednesday, May 6th @ 7 pm in the Palm Courtyard.

Gamelan music is beautiful pitched percussion music from Indonesia. CSUSM's own gamelan ensemble performs a concert of this fascinating music in the lovely setting of the Palm Courtyard (between Academic and University Halls).

Virtual-Paradox Films proudly presents an exclusive screening of the unreleased new short film: "Homestead"

Join us for an evening of stimulating discussion and preview this exciting new project produced by local filmmakers.

Tuesday, April 28th at 7 pm in Arts Building 111.

This is a public screening presented at no charge.

Steinway Series Piano Recital by SofA Professor Ching-Ming Cheng

The CSUSM School of Arts Theatre Program proudly presents Twilight

by Anna Deavere Smith

In 1991, several Los Angeles police officers brutally beat an unarmed African American man (Rodney King) they had pulled over for a traffic violation.  A video of the assault made international headlines and the racially charged trial and subsequent acquittal of three of the four officers caused widespread rioting, looting and assaults across the city.  

Told through a series of monologues based on interviews with the author, the play examines the 1992 LA riots through the personal stories of individuals who lived through the mayhem.

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, April 10th at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 11th at 2:00 pm (This performance will be followed by an audience talk back, with a panel discussion on Arts & Social Justice.)
  • Saturday, April 11th at 7:00 pm (This performance will be followed by an audience talk back, with a panel discussion on Education & Social Justice.)
  • Friday, April 17th at 7:00 pm (This performance will be followed by an audience talk back, with a panel discussion on Law & Social Justice.)
  • Saturday, April 18th at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 18th at 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 pm (This performance will be followed by an audience talk back, with a panel discussion on Faith & Social Justice.)

Tickets are $5

"Prison Boxing": A New Play by Leah Joki

theatre faces behind prison bars

One woman theatrical explores the prison system and its inhabitants.

Wednesday, February 25th, 7 pm in Arts 111.
Free and open to the public.

Event: Fall Dance Recital Composing the Instant CSUSM Music Program Presents: Fall 2014 Concert Series

jazz group stands in line

All Concerts are FREE and Open to the Public

CSUSM Vocal Ensemble

Directed by Ron Jessee
Monday, December 1st @ 7pm
Performance Hall ARTS 111

CSUSM Gamelan Ensemble

Directed by Randy Griswold
Wednesday, December 3rd @ 7pm
Academic Hall ACD 102

Tukwut Jazz Ensemble

Directed by Dr. Mtafiti Imara
Thursday, December 4th @ 7pm
Performance Hall ARTS 111

Fall Theatre Production: Risking Our Forbidden Narratives

Woman on couch, man stands behind, woman stands in front

Photo by Anne Hall

Witness the dynamic lives of contemporary youth through the writing of six CSUSM students in "Risking our Forbidden Narratives." With narratives on topics ranging from Tinder: the newest form of internet dating, to ever-shifting sexual norms, racial controversies, atheism, and the difficult terrain of cross-cultural communication, you'll laugh, question, and ponder the current generation's point of view on these diverse issues.
After the performance on Thursday, November 20th there will be a discussion with the cast, Theatre Professor Marcos Martinez and Sociology Professor Cesar Rodriguez. 

  • Thursday, November 13th
  • Friday, November 14th
  • Saturday, November 15th
  • Thursday, November 20th
  • Friday, November 21st
  • Saturday, November 22nd

TIME: 7pm
Tickets $5 for CSUSM students, faculty and staff; $10 general public

Senior Capstone Project: The Breakfast Club

DATES: Friday, October 3rd @ 7pm
           Saturday, Octpber 4th @ 7pm
           Sunday, October 5th @ 7pm
WHERE: CSUSM School of Arts, ARTS 111
            333 S Twin Oaks Valley RD, San Marcos CA 

Adapted for the stage from the cult classic film, The Breakfast Club by senior Alex Contreras.

One Saturday afternoon, five students of Sherman High School are serving detention in the school's library. Each student coming from a different social group of the school. A jock, a princess, a criminal, a brain and a basket case. As they spend more and more time together, they find out how similar they really are.

This is Alex's Senior Capstone project and his last stop towards receiving his BA in Theatre at CSUSM.  Please come out and support one young man's hard work and dedication.  Tickets are free!

MediaFest on Fri., May 9th @ 7pm


Check out student filmmakers' work at the CSUSM Student MediaFest on Friday, May 2nd at 7pm in ARTS 111.  This event brings together hundreds of students, families, faculty, the community, and professional media makers in a powerful celebration that presents, celebrates, publicizes, shares and archives the innovative media projects being produced by students at CSUSM.  Students have landed work as a result of their exposure at the festival and gone onto careers in media and media-related fields.

Awards and prizes compete in categories which may include

    • Best Narrative 
    • Best Documentary
    • Best Social Justice Project 
    • CHABBS Dean’s Award
    • Best Personal Memoir  
    • Best Experimental/ Performance Work
    • Best Performance Award
    • Audience Award

Video in the Community Screening Tues., May 13th @ 5:30pm


Finish off finals week with the Video in the Community screening event on Tuesday, May 13th at 5:30pm in Arts 111.  Students from Video in the Community partner with community organizations to create videos which help bring awaremness to a variety of social issues.  This year's screening will showcase four projects:

  • North County Lifeline's Life Achievement Center which helps transitioning adults establish financial stability.
  • Mind, Body, Soul Concepts is an integrated program that improves middle and high school students' academic performance
  • PASS AmeriCorps Program strives to address the issues of attendance and truancy
  • Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery is a unique approach to reactivate the nervous system as an alternate to other neuro-recovery methods.

CSUSM Art Gallery Event


Image: “On the Line” by Kendra Rivera, El Centro Border Patrol north side

On display April 25th- May 31st, 2014

Artist reception Sunday May 4th, 12-2pm

Even though we live in close proximity to the Mexico/US border, many people do not know what it looks like, or understand the human and environmental impacts that it has on both sides. This exhibition was inspired by images taken by CSUSM assistant professor Dr. Kendra Rivera and her son CJ Rivera while she was conducting ethnographic research with U.S. Border Patrol Agents. Contributing photographer Maria Teresa Fernandez’s work has documented the history of the border in San Diego/Tijuana for over a decade. Contributing artist Pamela Calore is a documentary photographer who serves as Outreach Coordinator for Border Angels/Angeles de la Frontera, a non-profit organization supporting humanitarian work along the Mexico/US border.

Seussical The Musical


The CSUSM Theatre Program presents Seussical The Musical.

The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of beloved Dr. Seuss characters as they bring more than 20 of the author's classic tales to life in this hit Broadway musical. As each story unfolds, backed by a myriad of musical styles, it becomes clear how relevant and profound Seuss's subtle themes are, making this a musical that appeals to all ages.

Show running time is one hour and 45 minutes plus intermission. *Warning: A strobe light is used during the show.
Ages 4 and up. No babies or small toddlers, please. 

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, April 11th 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 12th 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 12th 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 13th 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 17th 7:00 pm
  • Friday, April 18th 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 19th 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 19th 7:00 pm Tickets are $5 

Piano Recital with Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng
Cheng Poster

Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng, music professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, will present a solo piano recital on campus on March 27th, Thursday at 7pm in Arts 111. Featuring pieces inspired by paintings, Dr. Cheng's concert will be a musical and visual delight. The program will feature works by 20th century composers including Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Messiaen, and Debussy.

Tickets are $5 for CSUSM affiliates and all students, seniors, active duty military and veterans, $10 for the general public.  

CSUSM Art Gallery: Opening Reception for Redefine II

 RedefineII poster

Visit the CSUSM Art Gallery at San Marcos' Restaurant Row on Friday, March 14th from 5-7pm for the opening reception for "Redefine II."  The CSUSM Jazz Ensemble will perform and light refreshments will be served.
The CSUSM Art Gallery is located in Old California Restaurant Row, 1020 San Marcos Blvd, STE 185, San Marcos CA 92078. For more information, contact

Evening of Celtic Music

  Jamie and Dan

Evening of Celtic Music 

Join us for a wonderful performance of Celtic Music with
Jamie Laval, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion
and Irish-style guitarist Dan Compton

  • Friday, June 7, 7:30-9:00 pm
  • Cal State San Marcos Arts 111 Performance Hall
  • 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos
  • $20 general/$10 ALL students, CSUSM Faculty and Staff.
  • Purchase tickets in advance at:

(Website also has more information and directions Tickets also available at the door.)

Jamie Laval creates rapt audiences with his passionate performances of traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Quebec, blending an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music. Hailed as “The next Alasdair Fraser” (Scotland Press and Post) and “One of the hottest fiddlers out there” (Asheville Citizen-Times), Laval appeared on the NBC Today Show, collaborated on Dave Mathews’ album “Some Devil,” and performed for Her Majesty the Queen. The most recent of his three solo albums won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music


Hey everybody. So, uh...we're the CSUSM Improv group and stuff. And we do shows that I think are kind of funny. No, I'm kidding. They're pretty funny. So, if you want to come have fun and laugh or whatever, you should come to the shows.

February 24th,  March 9th, March 16th, March 31st, April 3rd, April 20th, April 27th, May 11th

Shows @ 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm

Arts 101

Spring Awakening
First performed under heavy censorship in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind's play closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid public outrage and charges of obscenity. The play's content was radical indeed: teenage sex, suicide, abortion, masturbation, sadomasochism. But even more radical was the unsentimental and brutally authentic comedy with which Wedekind treated it. The story traces the dawning sexual awareness of four teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, Wendla, and Hansy, who, in their painfully funny contradictions-they are at once too innocent and not remotely innocent at all-remain fresh and unsettling even in our own sex-saturated culture.

April 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th

7:00 pm
Arts 111

VERONICA ROTTA - CAPSTONE PERFORMANCE A night of singing and piano, performed byVeronica Rotta, and Visual & Performing Arts senior.
April 18th

Arts 111

7:30 pm

OFF-CENTRE Off-Centre is the CSUSM annual Spring Dance Concert presented by theVisual & Performing Arts Dance Program.

May 3rd & 4th

7:00 pm 

Arts 111

CSUSM students perform jazz music.

May 9th

7:00 pm

Arts 111

A Multidisciplinary Art event by Visual & Performing Art majors.

May 11th

Arts 111 - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Visual Arts Displays in the Arts Gallery & Arts 342

Reception in Arts Patio 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A juried student media festival showcasing the video and film work of CSUSM students.

May 11th, 7:00 pm

7th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival

A juried student media festival showcasing the video and film work of CSUSM students.  

THE PHOTOGRAPH Love Is Never Simple

Join us for a night of comedy, love, drama and tears. Relive a story as old as time itself, repeating in the lives of two young people, Amie Peters and James McCoy. Join them as they fight everyone's expectations to believe and uphold a love so true, it transcends death itself.

March 2nd & 3rd, 7:00 pm

Arts 111

Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan (Tchaikovsky International Competition First Place Winner) Narek Hakhnazaryan In this Performance Demo, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan will perform some of the repertoire from his upcoming concert with the La Jolla Music Society and will speak about his recent first place win at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He will be joined by pianist Noreen Polera. Don‘t miss the opportunity to hear this celebrated young musician!

Thursday, March 15, Noon, ARTS 111, Free and open to the public

For more information:

Ade Superman
Indonesian master musician Ade Suparman presents a performance on the kacapi, an Indonesian string instrument similar to the zither, and on the suling, an Indonesian flute. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this beautiful, ethereal music in concert. This performance is sponsored by the Funes Fund at Cal State San Marcos. 

Tuesday, March 6, Noon, ARTS 111, FREE

Student Piano Recital piano  

This recital is a final presentation of Beginning Piano Class. The program ranges from easy melodies like Ode to Joy to virtuosic repertoire like Rachmaninov Prelude. Come support and cheer our piano students at the very first student piano recital on campus!!!!

Wednesday, December 14th
1:30pm, Arts 111 

CSUSM Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert Tuesday, November 29th @ 7:00 pm Arts 111

CSUSM Process of Art Class Show Friday, December 9th @ 5:00 pm Arts Building Process of Art Show

CSUSM Vocal Ensemble Concert Monday, December 12th @ 7:00 pm Arts 111

CSUSM New Play Festival presents New Play Festival
  Telling Stories: Giving Voice to Foster Youth CSUSM Theatre, ACE Scholars and Playwrights Project of San Diego join together to bring you an evening of short plays based on the lives of CSUSM students who grew up in the San Diego foster care system. Join us as we share the powerful stories of four of the university’s most courageous and resilient students. December 1st-7th 2011 Arts 101 More info!  

Sublime Journey Concert Friday September 16th! Sublime Journey

After extremely successful concerts in India, two very well-known musicians of the current generation of Indian musicians, Gaurav Majumdar (hindustani sitar) and Nirmala Rajasekar (carnatic veena) are touring the US during Fall 2011 on a jugalbandhi concert tour, "Sublime Journey". They are being accompanied by one of the top Mridangam players of South India Thanjavur K.Murugaboopathi and the young master on the tabla from New Delhi, Vishal Nagar. The four artists, virtuosi in carnatic and hindustani classical music (the two great strands of north and south Indian classical music), will play music in the hindustani tradition followed by carnatic music, then they will play what is called a jugalbandhi, with both styles together. Don’t miss this wonderful event! 

This concert is co-sponsored by the Indian Fine Arts Academy San Diego and the Funes Fund in the Music Program at California State University, San Marcos and is their first collaboration. The two organizations are planning more events in the future, including concerts and workshops.   

Friday, September 16, 2011, 7pm, Arts Building Performance Hall (ARTS 111) on the Cal State San Marcos campus. Admission is free for members of the Indian Fine Arts Academy and for students, faculty and staff of Cal State, San Marcos. General admission is $25. 

Jazz Ensemble Concert

CSUSM students perform jazz music.

April 6
7:00 PM
Arts 111 

TA Production: The Misanthrope


Perhaps discouraged by the 1666 banning of Tartuffe, a play many found offensive because of its assault on church hypocrisy, Molière embarked on a more serious study of human relationships with The Misanthrope. He does poke fun at French aristocracy, but this satire is overshadowed by Molière's attention to those human flaws to which all are subject. Although Molière typically worked within certain stylistic and traditional constraints, he was unique in his quest to experiment and to create new types of theater. The Misanthrope demonstrates Molière's twisting of the traditional farce or satire, which typically used flat stereotypes to make a broad comment on social or political issues. 

Alceste denounces humanity, declaring that "all are corrupt" and scorning even Philinte, his friend, for his studied duplicity. He offends Oronte, a highly placed courtier, because he refuses to praise his sonnet, but he cannot resist the lovely and witty Célimène, who embodies everything he claims to detest. 

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, baptised January 15, 1622  February 17, 1673, was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature.

April 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22
7:00 PM
Arts 111 



Spring 2011 marks the inauguration of the Great Thinkers Series; events that will focus on individuals whose work and thought have transcended borders between countries, cultures, and academic disciplines.  The goal of the series is to encourage learning and discussion about ideas that promote cooperation based on mutual respect and understanding between communities/ nations. The works of the person chosen for a given semester will be woven into relevant courses across disciplines so that students can see the wide-ranging nature of these ideas in varied contexts.

This spring we will celebrate the life and work of one of India’s - and the worlds - most cherished renaissance figures, Rabindranath Tagore.  In addition to acknowledging the 150th anniversary of his birth, it is particularly timely to consider his messages of tolerance. In 1913 he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature for the exquisite collection of poems – Gitanjali. A poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, essayist, painter and composer of over 2000 songs; Tagore played a key role in shaping modern Indian literature and in shaping the modern Indian mind.  Gandhi called him the "Great Sentinel".  He is acclaimed worldwide as a social, political, religious and aesthetic thinker, an innovator in education, and a champion of the 'One World' idea.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27 

WHEN: 7pm – 9 pm

WHERE: Arts 111

WHAT: Students and faculty from courses in the arts, dance, theater and music will perform interpretations of selected works by Tagore.  There will be a reception and Q &A immediately following the performance.  Faculty, students, staff, and members of the community are invited to attend. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Justice and Equity Project, Office of Planning and Accreditation and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dance Concert: OFFCentre

Dance Show

This year marks the 10th Annual Spring Dance Concert. Come witness fresh and new works by CSUSM students and faculty.

May 5 and 6
7:00 PM
Arts 111

Vocal Ensemble Concert

Vocal Ensemble

CSUSM students perform music from different genres.

May 9
7:00 PM
Arts 111 

Capstone Show


CSUSM students present their artwork ranging from photography and paintings to video and theater productions.

May 10
7:00 PM
Arts 111 

6th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival

Friday, May 13, 7pm, Arts 111
If you would like to submit your work, please select the link below: 
Student Media Festival Official Entry Form



Playing traditional music with a modern attitude, Väsen is an acoustic band that features the uniquely Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) along with viola, and guitar.  Traditional Swedish Music with a Twist! This amazing trio is on a two week West coast tour (12 concerts in 14 days!); join us for this very special concert!

See Väsen on YouTube!     

"These musicians play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires." 
 - National Public Radio's "All Things Considered"

"Stringed instruments making original music that is delicate, haunting, heroic, brilliant and magical."  
- Rob Gibson, Artistic Director, Savannah Music Festival

"The sound may be traditional, but the attitude is completely modern...a cuisinart of acoustic bliss. Visualize whirled music."  
- Wired

Tuesday, March 15, 7pm
ARTS 111 Recital Hall
California State University, San Marcos

Sponsored by the Funes Fund

$5 students, $15 General, Pay at door 

 Vocal Ensembles Solo Performances


CSUSM students and faculty perform music from jazz, popular, classical, and traditional repertoire.

Monday, May 10th, 7pm

Arts 111

Free and open to the public

Vocal and Jazz Ensembles Joint Concert


CSUSM students and faculty perform music from jazz, popular, classical, and traditional repertoire.

Monday, May 3rd, 7pm

Arts 111

Free and open to the public

5th Annual CSUSM Student Media Festival

Friday, May 7, 7:30pm, Arts 240

Deadline: Thursday, April 29, 6pm

3rd Annual Funes Digital Art Competition

2010 Funes Poster


We are currently accepting entries from Visual and Performing Arts students for the Third Annual Funes Digital Art Competition.  You are encouraged to submit your digital artworks for an opportunity to be awarded one of three $100.00 prizes and have your artwork framed and exhibited as part of the Visual and Performing Arts Department's Permanent Student Art Collection. The Third Annual Funes Digital Art Competition is sponsored by Carolyn Funes in honor of her late husband, Dr. Donald Funes, the founder of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at CSUSM. 

Student Dance Performance
Off Centre Dance 

So Away They Went
So Away They Went 

So Away They Went

By Ryan Pavelchik

Directed by Josh Chambers

What do you do when the cost of college tuition goes through the roof, the girl you love hates the world, the guy you love is losing his mind, and an evil troll is trying to take over the universe? On a college campus where all hell is breaking loose, a group of students fight to survive the madness. An agitprop musical featuring french fries, pop songs, loaded guns, lost faculty and lots of dirty dancing, SO AWAY THEY WENT is a provocative and irreverent snapshot of life as a college student in 2010. Written by Ryan Pavelchik, directed by Josh Chambers, starring CSUSM students, SO AWAY THEY WENT opens April 9th at 7 PM at Cal State Marcos.

Showtimes are: 

Thursday April 8, PREVIEW, invited audience, 7pm ARTS 111

  • Friday April 9th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111
  • Saturday April 10th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111
  • Sunday April 11th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111
  • Tuesday April 13th, 7pm curtain ARTS 111


  • CSUSM Students, Faculty and Staff with ID: Free
  • All others: $10 suggested donation


  • Caitlin Allen
  • Jessica Ruiz-Bustos
  • Eric Ha
  • Chris James
  • Chase Molina-Milbourne
  • Jesus Moreno
  • Abigail Padilla
  • Antonina Pitruzzello
  • Maria Rocha
  • Mary Tarantino-Relator
  • Cole Tran

This event is made possible in part by the CSUSM IRA grant.

CSUSM Vocal and Jazz Ensembles Joint Concert


Description:  CSUSM students and faculty perform music from jazz, popular, classical, and
traditional repertoire.

Location:  Arts 111

Date/Time:  Monday, December 7th, 7PM

Free and open to the public

VSAR 130 Exhibition


Description:  Visual art displays by VSAR 130 students.

Location:  Arts Gallery (180)

Date:  December 1 - 8

New Play Festival

New Play Festival Poster

Description: A festival of compelling, riotous, and side-splitting works written and performed by students, including:
· A bill of One-Acts featuring book fueled bonfires, a hand embroidered cobija with traditional indigenous patterns that becomes the cover of a heinous act, and a man who refuses to sell his car even though it only drives one direction.
· Provocative Monologues like "The Times You Can't See" and "Follow Me to Know Where."
· A medley of hilarious 10-Minute plays!

Dates: December 4th-6th and 10th-12th


 Arts 101

Women in Performance
Choreographies of Resistance


Dance Show

Date: December 8th

Time: 7pm

Location: Arts 101

Gamelan Ensemble Performance


Description:  Gamelan music performance by CSUSM students.

Location:  Arts 111

Time:  December 9th, 7pm

Dance 324 Show

DNCE 324

Process of Art Class Exhibition


Description:  Visual art displays by VPA students.

Location:  Arts Gallery (180)

Date:  December 11 - January 1

VSAR 180 Group Show


Description:  Dia De Los Muertos inspired visual art displays.

Location:  Arts Gallery (180)

Dates:  October 29 thru November 5

Peter Sprague Concert ("Blurring the Edges")


Description: Performance by "Blurring the Edges" with Peter Sprague, Fred Benedetti (guitars) and Tripp Sprague (winds). Students FREE, $10 general public.  Event is sponsored by the Funes Fund Concert Series.

Location: Arts 111

Date & Time: Friday, November 6, 2009 at 7 pm

Intellectual Property Lecture

Tom Flores

Description: Presentation on intellectual property by local attorney Tom Flores who has handled some big cases dealing with copyright infringement. Will provide useful information for creative artists whose work will exist in the public eye. Especially, for anyone expecting a measure of success through their creative work.

Location: Arts 111

Date & Time: Thursday, October 29th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm