Join Us April 25-May 1, 2020

The annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts showcases nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists together with music, dance, theater, film and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students, faculty, staff and alumni. 


April 24-26: Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo On Anna Politkovskaya

Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center

This powerful play by Stefano Massini, one of Italy’s most celebrated writers, takes us behind the headlines generated by the Russian journalist and activist Anna Politkovskaya, who was assassinated in 2006. Directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky. Set design by Cameron Anderson. Presented by the Department of Theater Arts.

April 25: Lydian String Quartet: Seeking All That’s Still Unsung

Slosberg Music Center

In a special concert dedicated to nature and our place in it during a time of environmental and sociological crisis, Brandeis’ resident quartet performs the world premiere of Kurt Rohde’s “seeking all that’s still unsung.” Presented by the Department of Music.

April 26: Super Sunday!

An afternoon of free music and dance performances, exhibitions, and art activities that the whole family can enjoy. Produced by Ingrid Schorr, director of arts engagement.

April 26-27: In Motion

The annual conference of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies welcomes painter Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi, a Russian immigrant to Israel; Raida Adon, a Palestinian-Israeli video artist and actress; and Tamar Borer, a disabled dancer from Israel.

Plus public artwork created for the festival, and concerts by the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, Brandeis Jazz Ensemble, and the undergraduate Leonard Bernstein Fellows.

Founded in 1952 by Leonard Bernstein to celebrate the first graduating class of Brandeis, the Festival of the Arts is a campus-wide event overseen by the Arts Engagement staff of the Division of Creative Arts. It is made possible by the generous support of Elaine Reuben ’63; the Aaron Foundation Visiting Artist Fund for Theater, Music, and Fine Arts; and the Brandeis Arts Council.


The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts welcomes and encourages the participation of people of all communities, generations and life experiences. We value a diversity of lived experiences and perspectives and recognize that our experiences and perspectives are shaped by multiple and intersecting social identities.

We encourage an exchange of learning among faculty, practitioners, students, staff and audience members. We support continuous reflection and learning about the arts.