The Pioneer Performance Series the centerpiece of the Performing Arts Office's spring semester programming, bringing faculty, students and staff together through theater to set the stage for meaningful community dialogue. This can mean tackling difficult and relevant topics, exploring new, innovative or groundbreaking works, working with established and emerging local playwrights, directors and designers, and developing ancillary programming to deepen the experience of the creating and/or viewing the production.

Past productions have included The Laramie Project, Songs for a New World, the Vagina Monologues, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Painted Alice, Urinetown: The Musical, The Exonerated, Reefer Madness: The Musical, Epic Proportions, and Bare: A Pop Opera, Avenue Q and Radium Girls.

This year's production was Spring Awakening, the musical. Based on a controversial 19th century German play, this award winning rock opera tells the story of a group of young people making their way through the tumult, frustrations, yearning and fears of adolescence. The show took place on February 19, 20 and 21. On Thursday February 12, Jay Rosellini, Professor and Director of the German Program, led a presentation about the historical background of the show and Wedekind’s place in German and European drama history entitled "Spring Awakening - Wedekind's Awakening."