The Performing Arts Living-Learning Community is a community for students studying theatre, the teaching of theatre, music, and dance majors. Residents in this community are encouraged to explore student and professional organizations, interact with faculty members and upper-level students, and seek out professionals and alumni in their fields.



Residence Hall

Schmidt/Wilson Residence Hall

Located in the new north residential neighborhood and renovated in 2017, Schmidt/Wilson Hall is the home of the Art and Performing Arts Living-Learning Communities.

Schmidt/Wilson provides students with close access to North Dining Hall, the Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center, three close-by residence halls, and several academic buildings.

This state-of-the-art residence hall has centralized air conditioning, free WIFI, a fitness room, spacious lounges and study spaces, a game room, a music room, a design studio, a dance studio, and a black box theatre.

The hall itself is coed and has semi-private bathrooms (a bathroom shared by a small number of students). Furniture within the hall is loftable, allowing students to truly tailor their living space.

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Each Living-Learning Community has notable programming for students. For the Performing Arts LLC this includes:

  • Attending Shows: Attending theatre shows is a core activity of the Performing Arts LLC programming model. In the past, the LLC has conducted off-campus trips to Indianapolis to see different productions.
  • Talkbacks: The Performing Arts LLC plans a series of “talkbacks” – a type of event that includes attending a production and conversation with the cast and crew following curtain close. These are conducted throughout the academic semesters and typically align with Ball State productions. Talkbacks are perfect for LLC students seeking to engage critically with productions.
  • Masterclass Series: The Masterclass Series model has brought people to the LLC to facilitate classes on various topics pertaining to the Performing Arts LLC. In the past, upperclassmen have taught dance sets from shows, and during audition season a focus has been on callbacks or monologues. The goal of the Masterclass Series is to deliver a co-circular experience.

Resource Room

The Performing Arts Living-Learning Community has access to a Dance Studio and Black Box Theatre on the first floor of Schmidt/Wilson Residence Hall.

These physical spaces are perfect for students in the theatre and dance program to prepare for auditions, practice for upcoming productions, and record audition reels. They offer LLC students the flexibility to create and use the space to support their academic development and explore their artistic talents.

Academic Partner:


  • Dance
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Media Production
  • Music Performance
  • Theatre
  • Theatre, Teaching

Learn About All of Our Living-Learning Communities

Our Living-Learning Communities are part of a university-wide set of programs that provide a supportive environment for students living on campus.

Living-Learning Communities