Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Chair of the Performing Arts Department Bob Colby, who died April 5, 2021

Late performing arts chair leaves behind legacy of empathy

By Camilo Fonseca, Content Managing Editor
April 8, 2021

After 44 years at Emerson, students and colleagues fondly recalled Robert Colby as a committed theatre practitioner, a trusted mentor, and by many, a valued friend. The longtime faculty member served...

Pedestrians pass by Emersons Paramount Theater.

Anonymous group calls for changes to address institutional racism in performing arts department

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
July 31, 2020

Amid a national reckoning on systemic racism, multiple groups composed of students and alumni have sent letters to Emerson’s Performing Arts Department calling for wide-ranging changes to policies they...


Former chair of Performing Arts Department Leo Nickole dies at 93

By Elena Naze
April 3, 2020

Emerson alumnus and professor emeritus Leo Nickole died Wednesday at 93, an email from President M. Lee Pelton announced Friday evening.  A Korean War veteran, Nickole graduated Emerson in 1949 with...

New student organization discusses disability issues on campus.

New student union helps fill disability activism void on campus

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
February 12, 2020

Sitting around bags of Hershey's chocolate in one of the fourth-floor rooms of 172 Tremont, members of the new student organization Access Student Disability Union—a space for Emerson students with disabilities...

Theater and Performance Major Maya McClain said it took her a year to declare her dance minor before the programs changes / Courtesy of Maya McClain

Students express concern over dance department director’s removal

By Sydney Havens
November 6, 2019

The college restructured the dance program in fall 2019, leaving it without a director, which several students and an SGA senator claim negatively impacts the experience of students in the program.  While...

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