A dynamic performing artist with face paint dances against an orange backdrop on a Mills Performing Arts stage.


Our programs reflect the variety of artistic and social investigation that is being pursued by the Mills community and that we foster in the performing arts community as a whole. Mills Performing Arts partners with Mills College academic departments and with our generous program funders to create an exciting selection of presentations and performances, drawing on the talents of local, national, and international artists and scholars.

Mills students perform at Signal Flow new music festival

Mills Music Now

Presented by the Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music, the annual Mills Music Now Concert Series is a celebration of the College’s rich tradition of experimental music and a glimpse into the genre’s exciting future. Mills students, faculty, and visiting artists come together to define the cutting edge of music, from electronic to classical performance to improvisation.

Trans Studies Series speakers

Trans Studies Speaker Series

The Mills College Trans Studies Speakers Series, hosted by Emmy Award-winner Susan Stryker, our Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women's Leadership, offers a new online public forum for exploring transgender issues with some of today's leading thinkers, artists, and activists.

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We Are the Voices

We Are the Voices is a five-year, multi-pronged project that brings visiting artists and scholars to campus, broadening the conversation for Mills students and building connections with our local community. In fall 2019, the project launches with a series of public artist conversations, readings, and lectures. The Mills College Literatures & Languages Department presents We Are the Voices through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Meredith Monk Commission

Monk’s third evening-length work dedicated to the examination of humans’ relationship to nature, Indra’s Net, will be an exploration of the interplay of music, movement, architecture, and space. The work focuses on the viewer’s perception and how that influences an individual’s relationships in the world. Mills Performing Arts presents Indra's Net through the generosity of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

A musician performs an electronic composition as part of the Songlines concert series hosted by Mills Performing Arts


Presented by the Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music, the Songlines Series is an exciting forum for exploring the latest ideas in experimental music, improvisation, and sound art. These symposia on sound, nature, technology, and performance include informal evening concerts and discussions led by composers-in-residence, guest composers, performing artists, and leading musicologists.

In collaboration with Mills College’s Dance & Theater Studies Department, we are also proud to present the Mills Performing Artist-in-Residence Program. Local artists whose work represents the many types of diversity found and celebrated in the Bay Area are invited to apply for this program, which benefits our community both on and off campus.

Contact Us

Mills Performing Arts
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
P: 510.430.2191
E: performing-arts@mills.edu