Founded in 1833, Oberlin is one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Its Conservatory of Music and its art museum have secured Oberlin’s reputation for artistic excellence. For those who live within driving distance of Oberlin, it is a haven for the performing and visual arts and a citadel for the life of the mind.

Each year we present a range of intellectual voices and artistic and performance visionaries through the Artist Recital Series, Convocation Series, and our opera theater, theater, and dance productions. Additionally, the Allen Memorial Art Museum enriches the community’s educational and cultural life.

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Theater 2022–23 Season

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 to Wednesday, May 31, 2023

We pride ourselves on cultivating a dynamic and supportive theater culture that encourages experimentation, collaboration, and the creation of new connections across fields. New forms of community demand stories, old stories retold, and new ones never before heard. Oberlin Theater is about telling...

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Exterior of the Nord Annex

Additional Series

Artist Recital Series

Thursday, September 1, 2022 to Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Since its inception in 1878, Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series has presented more than a thousand of the world’s most acclaimed and accomplished artists. It is one of the oldest continuing concert series in the United States.
Finney Chapel

Black History Month

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 to Tuesday, February 28, 2023
In 1926, Carter G. Woodson laid the groundwork for Black History Month by establishing the first Negro History Week, an event dedicated to celebrating the history, politics, and culture of Black people.
Remembering Our Roots: Oberlin College Black History Month 2023.

Commencement Celebrations Calendar

Friday, May 19, 2023 to Monday, May 22, 2023
Oberlin is planning a weekend of celebrations for the Class of 2023 and their families, culminating with Commencement on Monday, May 22. Please note that some meals and performances require tickets...
A mom adjusts her son's graduation cap.

Dance 2022–23 Season

Thursday, September 1, 2022 to Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Dance happens all over Oberlin’s campus, as a part of everyday life, in site-specific work, and in faculty-choreographed productions and student-run performances. Dance at Oberlin integrates...
Warner Center

Oberlin Improv Fest 2023

Thursday, March 2, 2023 to Saturday, March 4, 2023
The Oberlin Improv Fest 2023 is a three-day celebration of improvised music. Festival events encompass a panel discussion, workshops, presentations, and performances by returning alumni and guest artists as well as Oberlin faculty and students.
Oberlin Improv Fest #OIF23 (colorful splashes of paint mix with multicolored beams of light).

Opera 2022–23 Season

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 to Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Oberlin Opera has long been synonymous with excellence. Staging two major productions with orchestra each year, Oberlin Opera often challenges the operatic norm, and its performances have received critical acclaim.
Hall Auditorium (exterior)