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Public Events

Since 1985, CSU Summer Arts has assembled dozens of the world’s top creatives to teach our students and hold public performances. Each summer, we produce live events spanning the spectrum of dance, media, music, theater, visual art and design, and writing.

CSU Summer Arts will be hosted by Fresno State in Fresno, California through the 2023 season.

2022 EventS Calendar


Tuesday, July 6
7:00 - X:00 PM

An Evening of Chicago-Style Comedy

Kick-off the CSU Summer Arts season with geniuses of improv comedy. Prepare for spontaneous laughter and bursts of joy!
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Wednesday, July 7
1:00 - X:00 PM

Justin Torres Reading

Justin Torres" work has been published widely. Justin"s novel We The Animals was translated into 15 languages and adapted into a film that that premiered at Sundance.
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Sunday, July 18
1:00 - X:00 PM

Student Showcases - Session One

Join us for an afternoon presentation of student work featuring participants from the first session courses at CSU Summer Arts: 

  • Cutting-Edge Collaboration with Pilobolus and Jacob Jonas The Company
  • The Complete 21st Century Flutist
  • The Voice Actor"s Ultimate Tool Kit
  • Chicago-Style Comedy
  • The Flash Form: Cross-Genre Writing and Publishing
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Tuesday, July 20
7:00 - X:00 PM

Octavio Solis

Experience the captivating and inspiring words of multiple award-winning playwright and director Octavio Solis.
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Sunday, August 1
1:00 - X:00 PM

Student Showcases - Session Two

Join us for an afternoon presentation of student work featuring participants from the second session courses at CSU Summer Arts:

  • Advanced Painting Masterclass
  • Know Your Streets: Knowledge, Moves, and Hip-Hop Legacy with Rennie Harris Puremovement
  • Storytelling with Virtual Reality
  • The Art of Scoring for Video Games
  • Collaboration and Devised Theatre
  • Performance of Identity: Past and Present Voices Meet
  • Social Action Writing: Creating Internet Content
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Tickets & Information


Tickets are available for purchase online beginning Monday, June 13, 2022, and in person beginning Monday, June 20, 2022:

  • CSU Summer Arts Box Office Contact:
    • ​email: (beginning 6/13/22)
    • telephone: 559-278-2216 (beginning 6/20/22)
    • hours: Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to event times at the event locations. The box office is closed on Sundays (except Sunday, July 3) and Monday, July 4, 2022.
    • location: The ​ Box Office is located in the Speech Arts Building near the John Wright and Woods Theatres on the Fresno State campus.
  • Tickets may be purchased online or in person. Tickets ordered online should be printed by the purchaser and brought to the venue for admittance. Tickets purchased online may also be loaded to a mobile device for scanning at the event venue. Tickets will not be mailed. 
  • Not all events are appropriate for children. Please contact the box office staff to ask about age-appropriate events before purchasing tickets. 
  • All attendees must have a ticket, except for events that are free for everyone. 
  • Free events are not ticketed, and admission is on a first-come, first-seated basis.​


Seating for all events is General Admission. Tickets prices ​are:

    $20 for adults
    $15 for students, seniors (60+), Fresno State faculty and staff
    $10 for adults
    Free for students, seniors (60+), Fresno State faculty and staff
  • Student showcases are not ticketed and admission is on a first-come, first-seated basis. 
  • Return to the Events Calendar​ to see a list of all events. Purchase tickets by clicking on an event and then the Buy Tickets button.

Tickets are nonrefundable or exchangable. 


Contact the box office for information about age-appropriateness of events and if you have special access needs. Performances begin at the time indicated in the Events Calendar. Late-arriving patrons are not guaranteed a seat, and will be seated at the discretion of the management.

If you have special access needs, including seating for those in wheelchairs or the need for a sign language interpreter, let the box office know at least two weeks before the event you wish to attend.


CSU Summer Arts follows the same COVID-19 protocol for events as outlined on the Fresno State website. Follow these links for more information:

Patrons needing to report a post-event illness are to contact Joanne Sharp, Assistant Director of CSU Summer Arts at:​  or 562-951-4065

Event Venues

Concert Hall, Music Building
Wahlberg Recital Hall, Music Building
John Wright Theatre, Speech Arts Building
Woods Theatre, Speech Arts Building
Phebe Conley Art Gallery, Conley Art Building
Conley Lecture Hall, Conley Art Building

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Paid parking is required at Fresno State. Learn more about parking on the Fresno State website.