Students at EMPAC
From student work to research and performance opportunities, extracurricular clubs to special events, EMPAC offers a range of ways for Rensselaer students to be involved.
Student Event Admission
Tickets for all EMPAC-curated events are available to Rensselaer students for only $6 (discounted from the public price of $18). Non-Rensselaer student tickets are $13. Lectures and many other events are free.
Class Attendance to Events
Professors may receive free admission for their classes to any event they incorporate into class curricula.
We invite all Rensselaer students to delve deeper into the experimental media and performing arts. By signing up for the EMPAC⊕ program at the box office, you'll receive free admission to all EMPAC-curated events during your time in school.
Working at EMPAC
EMPAC is one of the largest employers of students on the Rensselaer campus and uses an “apprenticeship model” to train student workers. During the Fall 2016 semester, we currently have 52 students working in a variety of positions across the box office, front-of-house, production (audio, video, stage, IT), curatorial, design, web, marketing, research, and administrative teams.
Interested in working with us? Let us know.
Department of the Arts
Every year, the Rensselaer Department of the Arts programs seven events utilizing the infrastructure and support of the production teams at EMPAC. These productions often include final graduate thesis projects that are developed in the venues themselves.
The Rensselaer Orchestra uses the EMPAC Concert Hall as a rehearsal space and presents a concert here toward the end of each semester.
EMPAC curators often participate in critiquing graduate student work. Additional meetings and workshops connecting artists-in-residence with classes in the arts department are taking place every semester.
In coming semesters, the professional audio production staff and environment will be integrated into specific projects within audio technology classes in the department.
As a part of the Rensselaer initiative to integrate art across the institute’s curriculum, EMPAC hosts interdisciplinary Art_X classes taught by faculty who use the EMPAC-curated program as an artistic and experiential part of the class’s specific topic of inquiry.
EMPAC will also soon be the venue for new HASS Inquiry Classes in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
PIP / Performance, Installation, Production
For many years, the Production, Installation, and Performance (PIP) class, has been a collaborative course linking architecture and art students with a visiting artist to realize extensive projects. This studio-based class will be extended to integrate students from other schools and departments. Additionally, new student intern positions will be created, bringing the established “apprenticeship model” at EMPAC to bear as part of the academic curriculum.
Students are often involved with research projects conducted by Rensselaer faculty using EMPAC infrastructure.
Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab
Additionally, the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory (CISL), a major Rensselaer research initiative with IBM, will soon begin undertaking projects in EMPAC venues, integrating graduate students, faculty, and researchers.
Outside of events, productions, and classes, EMPAC is a meeting place for student groups.
The People Using Live Software and Electronics (PULSE) group is a forum for students interested in experimenting with live audio and video technology. The group performs every fall at the freshmen mixer MashUp!, as well as for their spring dance party PULSE Live! To get involved, please contact Eric Ameres.
The Physical Computing for Art and Design (PCAD) group also meets with Eric Ameres on a weekly basis.
The EMPAC Unpacked club is a forum for students to meet and discuss EMPAC arts programming. The group meets with artists, curators, and the EMPAC tech teams to explore the ideas behind EMPAC productions. Contact Josh Potter to get involved.