Saturday, April 30

Community Talk and Art Build for Indigenous Futures

Great Lawn (outside Shapiro Campus Center)

This event aims to uplift Indigenous struggle through community learning and contextualization within the space of the Brandeis community. It will create a space to connect similar struggles and work together to find support and solutions. It will also be a space of imagining and enacting how Brandeis can support Indigenous people.

11 am-1 pm: A panel of Indigenous speakers will discuss their art practices, activism/movement work, and climate justice

1-4 pm: Sewing circle in which we will write changes we hope to see at Brandeis to support Indigenous people

4 pm: Protest and banner drop

Participants include Evangelina Macias, Allen-Berenson Fellow in Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Aamskapipikuni Blackfeet, A'aninin Gros Ventre; Jean-Luc Pierite, president of the board of the North American Indian Center of Boston, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana; Kisha James, movement worker at United American Indians of New England, Aquinnah and Oglala Lakota.

Schedule update, 4/29: Kisha James will not be participating. A possible third and fourth speaker will be confirmed as soon as possible. 

Sponsored by Brandeis Climate Justice. For more information, please contact Marissa Smalls '22 at

Folk Fest

Noon-4 p.m.
Fellows Garden (rain location: Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center)

The annual Brandeis Folk Fest, featuring a new generation of gifted singer-songwriters and musicians from across New England. Produced by the student-led Too Cheap for Instruments. Lineup includes Bed Sweater, Karima and Joel, Amber Wilds, Olivia Lowe, and Too Cheap for Instruments. Check back soon for schedule!

Raku Firing and Bronze Pour Workshops

Noon-5 p.m.
Outside Spingold Theater Center

Observe a bronze pour and the traditional Japanese ceramic process of raku, which produces a crackled effect in the glaze and clay. Made possible by the Brandeis Arts Council. Rain date: May 1. Sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts.

Joanna Marcus Violin Recital

Slosberg Music Center

2 p.m.

Joanna Marcus '22 performs Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F major, op. 24 (Spring); Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Piano and Violin in D minor, op. 108; John McDonald: Second Sonata for Solo Violin; and Dmitri Shostakovich: Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano. Sponsored by the Department of Music. 

Please Register In Advance

Senior Festival 2022

Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Presented by the Department of Theater Arts

The 11th annual Senior Festival is a showcase for graduating theater arts students to present their thesis project work. With the help of faculty advisors, they present theatrical works they have created, directed, acted in, choreographed or designed. 

6 p.m.
The Opposite of People, an adaptation of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," by Tom Stoppard
Rosie Sentman’s thesis explores the onstage depiction of disabled people, and how physical disability can be used as an asset in storytelling even when the story is not "about" disability. No registration required.

7:30 p.m.
Welcome Home: Threads of Therapeutic Theatre
Amber Bartlett’s thesis explores theater for healing through immersive storytelling, the result of a collaborative rehearsal process that explores theory and practice from various schools of therapeutic thought, including psychodrama, drama therapy, Boal, Playback Theatre, and play therapy. Registration required. Please visit the Senior Festival website to register. 

9 p.m.
The Pocket Girls
Elizabeth Hilliard presents a staged reading of a new folk musical about childhood, sisterhood, femininity, and moving on. Expect an original (yet classic) coming-of-age story--with a twist. No registration required.

Culture X: United by the Tides

Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

6 p.m.

Student performers celebrate diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism through dance, music, poetry and other forms of artistic expression, in one of the most powerful and popular shows on campus. Tickets are free and available at Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center, in the Usdan Game Room, and at the door. Produced by the Intercultural Center.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shapiro Campus Center Theater
10 p.m.

Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy, presented by the student-led Hold Thy Peace. It's magic and mayhem when four young lovers flee into a forest to escape an impossible choice and end up caught in a magical scheme set into motion by the Fairy King and his chaotic servant. Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors are determined to perform no matter what.

Directed by Sabrina Goldsmith '25; assistant director, Laurel Davidoff '25. Featuring Grace Ahlin '22 as Titania/Hippolyta, Eli Issokson '24 as Oberon/Theseus, Kaija Grisham '24 as Puck, Kat Roberts '25 as Nick Bottom.

Admission free for Brandeis community; $5 general public at Brandeis Tickets.

Also performed on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. 

Roots Music Ensemble

8 p.m.
Slosberg Music Center

Students under the direction of Taylor Ackley perform a repertoire from music traditions including blues, country, swing, bluegrass and Appalachian folk.