Fun and Free Events

The Fall Semester features “Fun and Free” programs that are exclusive to campus audiences, including the return of three events from last year: the popular RATS Hunt puzzle game, the Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition, and performer Dahlak Brathwaite who was a guest at the Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium last year. Fun and Free events will also include performances by Cardell Dance and Duet for Theremin and Steel Lap, events for Family Weekend, and Out of Hand Theatre’s Zombie Outbreak.


Out of Hand Theatre: The RATS Hunt 

September 13-14

George P. Burdell has been sighted on campus and you have one hour to find him before he disappears again! Assemble your team, follow the clues, and solve the puzzles to beat the clock. The game starts at the Ferst Center for the Arts. Uncovering Georgia Tech's hidden treasures has never been so fun! Great for new and returning students, with up to 5 people per team. (updated video with new dates on the way)

Dahlak Brathwaite: Spiritrials

September 24 

Addiction, religion, and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program. A timely exploration of the American criminal justice system, this multi-dimensional play blurs the line between hip-hop and dramatic performance. Dahlak Brathwaite weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional, music and monologue, to examine his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage as a young Black male.

The Garage performance space at Technology Square


September 24-28

The Georgia Tech Office of the Arts begins a two-year program with the internationally acclaimed vertical dance company BANDALOOP. BANDALOOP celebrates the human spirit through dance that uses climbing technology to expand and challenge what it possible. Founded by Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder and imagination in audiences around the world. The company will be in residence in late September to begin working on #ATLPublicCanvas, a major event that will encompass participation from all segments of the campus and community leading to performances in Spring 2020. The campus community will have several opportunities to interact with the company this September, including artist discussions, open rehearsals of their work performed on the outside wall of the historic Biltmore Hotel, and Family Weekend events.

Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel

October 4

Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel is Scott Burland (theremin) and Frank Schultz (lap steel guitar). The Columbia Free Times describes this music as “evolving eddies of sound, vapors of tones that develop and transform gracefully. Hypnotic pulses and dreamy drones weave together to form a kaleidoscope of sounds and moods, ambient clouds and swooning collages that are as much about texture as they are timbre, like a long-lost soundtrack to a deep-sea documentary." Presented in conjunction with Georgia Tech School of Music.

West Village Performance space

Out of Hand Theatre: Zombie Outbreak

October 30

Out of Hand Theatre presents a second participatory experience for campus, this time designed around a medical outbreak that produces zombies.

Cardell Dance: Supper, People on the Move

November 16-17 

This piece by choreographer Silvana Cardell is an examination of the human experience of all people on the move, looking for new horizons. The performance is inspired by themes of migration and explores the complex experience of dislocation. Physical bodies moving between physical places define migration, and the immigrant journey is at the heart of humanity’s ability to survive. From this rich and fertile history, Cardell creates evocative forms of movement – abstract, personal, universal – performed with unrelenting physicality and striking moments of beauty. The experience includes a pre-show photography installation, curated by artist Jennifer Baker, that chronicles the stories of immigrants who came to the United States from all around the world.