Student Activities

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Company LogoImmersed in Italy’s cultural and artistic heritage, John Cabot University is positively influenced by the country’s long tradition of excellence in the performing arts. The goals of the program include:

  • To engage students through art and create opportunities to make friends outside of the classroom 
  • To provide high quality educational opportunities in amateur acting, singing, dancing
  • To foster teamwork and collaboration through the student body, culminating in a final production every semester 
  • To strengthen creativity in students through craft and technique in various media 

If you would like to express your interest in the program, you can fill out this form and we will get back to you. For more information, email: [email protected] 


Performing Arts Company
The Performing Arts Company’s goal is to create a group of theatre lovers who would like to commit to performing in a musical. Study abroad and degree-seeking student actors, singers, and dancers are welcome! We are also looking for people who would like to help with music, scenery, stage management, technical assistance or make-up. This amazing teamwork and development of self-expression and personal skills culminate in beautiful productions put on for the JCU community and the public every semester. 

In Fall 2024, the Performing Arts Company will do a production of “Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot,” presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.. If you are a current or prospective JCU student interested in taking part in the play, you can fill out this form

Past Shows of the Performing Arts Company include Into the Woods (2011), Chicago (2012), Grease (2013), The Addams Family (2015), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2016), and most recently Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical (2024), The Wizard of Oz (2023), Puffs: Or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School Of Magic And Magic (2023) and a compilation of ten dialogues from Shakespeare in 'An Evening With Shakespeare' (2022). Past members of this extracurricular activity have gone on to pursuing careers in professional theatre and cinema. The group is currently led by professional actor and director James David Blundell. 

  • The Wizard of Oz
  • John Cabot University Choir
  • Performing Arts Company


Italy has always been the land of great musicians and composers and John Cabot University is proud to offer students a chance to experience and be part of the world of music through joining the John Cabot Chamber Orchestra or participating in the Open Mics to support humanitarian and social causes on campus.

Open Mic Nights
Various open mic events are organized throughout the semester for the entire student body in order to promote their talent in the music field and get involved in the JCU community. These events also bring up social issues to the attention of the JCU community.

John Cabot University Choir
The John Cabot University Choir, more commonly known as the John Cabot University Singers welcomes all levels singers, from experienced to beginners. Their repertoire includes works by Palestrina, Amy Winehouse, folk songs, and themes from musicals. The Choir performs at many JCU events. 

Modern Dance
During the semester, JCU offers twice a week classes in modern dance led by a professional dance instructor. Students of any level and experience are welcome! 

John Cabot Chamber Orchestra
The John Cabot Chamber Orchestra is open to both amateurs and professional musicians who have a background in music studies. The main goal of this group is to be a point of reference for unpublished authors and to perform in many locations in and around Rome. If interested in learning more about the JCCO, email them directly at [email protected]