West Chester University
Theatre and Dance Department
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700 South High Street
West Chester,PA 19383
The Department of Theatre and Dance, an accredited institution of the National Association of Schools of Theatre, is dedicated to the educational development of its students, preparing them to meet the challenges of our contemporary world. To achieve this goal, the department supports the cultural climate of the university campus and the community by staging a variety of productions that represents a broad spectrum of theatre genres.
Notable Alumni Include:
Faculty Info: Shannon Cooper, Jerzy Golek, Lisa Lovelace, Jesse Padgett, Tom Reing.
Rob McClure Headlines The Arden Theatre Company's Virtual College + Career Fair
January 18, 2021
Rob McClure will join a roster of outstanding industry professionals for the Arden's Teen Arden College + Career Fair. This fully online program, designed to give high schoolers and their parents insight into pursuing a career in theater, will be held via Zoom on Saturday, January 23 from 11:30AM to 4PM.
Viola Davis Urges Women to 'Have Each Other's Backs' at the Virtual Pennsylvania Conference for Women
November 13, 2020
A week after a divisive election in the throes of a national reckoning on racial injustice, venerated actress Viola Davis called upon women participating in the virtual Pennsylvania Conference for Women to “have each other’s backs because if we don't move forward together, we don't move forward.'
Children's Programming Announced for Philadelphia Fringe Festival
August 05, 2019
A young bully goat and a wise old goat with magic dust take to the stage in the children's show Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat: The Musical as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, September 7-22 at Nest (1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia).
The Philly POPS And The Kimmel Center Present School District Of Philadelphia's 2019 All-City Jazz Festival
April 03, 2019
The Philly POPS and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will present the School District of Philadelphia's All-City Jazz Festival. The day of free jazz performances by student and professional musicians will be held in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater and Commonwealth Plaza on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from noon 9 p.m. This will be the POPS's fifth year presenting this event and the third year in partnership with the Kimmel Center.
The Presser Foundation Sponsors Concert For Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
January 25, 2019
The Presser Foundation is pleased to sponsor the February 17, 2019 Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) Concert being held in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Beginning at 3 p.m., the concert celebrates the legacy of Michael Stairs, the renowned organist who has performed worldwide and made such a major impact in the Philadelphia area. Michael Stairs offered his musical contributions to PYO and last performed the Strauss and Saint-Saens selections in 2014 at the PYO 75th Anniversary concert being repeated at this PYO concert. The February 2019 concert features the extraordinary talent of two special guests - David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Peter Richard Conte, renowned organist. It will showcase the 130 members of the ensemble, between the ages of 14 to 21 who are conducted by the esteemed Maestro Louis Scaglione.
New York Youth Symphony Orchestra Music Director Michael Repper And Jiji To Premiere Guitar Concerto At Carnegie Hall
November 05, 2018
Music Director Michael Repper and the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra will open their 56th season on Sunday, December 2, 2018, 2:00 pm at Carnegie Hall. The program features guitarist Jiji performing the world premiere of light, beloved, a landmark electric and classical guitar concerto composed by First Music award winner Natalie Dietterich. The piece is the first guitar concerto by a woman composer to be performed in Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, marking the 35th Anniversary of the NYYS First Music commissioning program. The performance further exemplifies the NYYS mission to diversify the music community by creating unique opportunities for young musicians.
Your Move: Modern Dance Festival Returns for 9th Year
October 04, 2018
Art House Productions in partnership with Friends of Loew's proudly present the 9th annual Your Move: Modern Dance Festival featuring Bessie Jury Award recipient Kyle Marshall at The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater, 54 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, NJ, 07306, adjacent to the Journal Square PATH Station, on Friday November 2 at 7:30 pm and Sunday November 4 at 2:00 pm and 5:00pm. Tickets are $18 in advance ($25 at the door).
Christie Fleischer Joins Netflix as Global Head of Consumer Products
September 04, 2018
Christie Fleischer joins Netflix, Inc, the world's leading internet entertainment service, as Global Head of Consumer Products, overseeing retail and licensee partnerships, publishing, interactive games, merchandising and experiential events. In her role, Fleischer will lead a team focusing on developing the consumer products portfolio across all categories for Netflix original series and films. She joins the Los Angeles based team on September 4th.
Ocean Grove Hosts Summer Organ Recital Series
June 26, 2018
Once again, the whispers, thunder and wonders of the Great Auditorium Pipe Organ will ring out during The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA)'s Free Organ Recital Series, a signature part of its summer-long program of family entertainment. OGCMA's Pipe Organ is among the largest in the world and is the heart-beat of this Christian Victorian resort on the Jersey Shore. The historic 11,000-pipe instrument was built and installed in 1908 with original design innovations that became standard elements still extant in modern organ construction. It is made of over 40,000 feet of California No. 1 Sugar Pine and weighs 20-25 tons. In its illustrious 109-year history, this remarkable instrument has been played by numerous distinguished organists, including Will C. MacFarlane, Clarence Kohlman, Josephine Eddowes, Harold Fix, Clarence Reynolds, Beverly Davis, Jon Quinn, and Robert Carwithin. Order tickets by phone at 800-590-4064 or online at www.oceangrove.org.
The Dirty Blondes Celebrate 6 Years Of Making Feminist Theater With DRAG
May 24, 2018
The Dirty Blondes, the feminist theater company behind the critically acclaimed production of The American Play at Soho Playhouse, will celebrate their six years of creating theater with a special event called DRAG. Featuring some of the most exciting and emerging drag performers in New York City, DRAG will celebrate inclusivity by deconstructing stereotypes, defying expectations and honoring individuality - everything The Dirty Blondes stands for as a theater company. DRAG will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge (located at 158 Bleecker Street, between Sullivan and Thompson Streets) with doors opening at 7:00pm and performances beginning at 7:30pm.
The Crossing Presents Ninth 'Month Of Moderns' Festival In Philadelphia, Featuring Three World Premieres
May 24, 2018
The Crossing, winner of the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance, presents its ninth annual festival of new music, The Month of Moderns, June 9, 17, and 30, 2018, in Philadelphia at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Donald Nally conducts the 24-voice ensemble in new music that addresses our lives and speaks to our current political environment.
Cleveland Orchestra Announces Lisa Wong As Director Of Choruses
May 16, 2018
Today, The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Most have announced that Lisa Wong has been named Director of Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra, effective immediately. The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus is one of the few professionally trained, all-volunteer choruses sponsored by a major American orchestra. Its members hail from nearly fifty Cleveland-area communities and together contribute more than 15,000 volunteer hours to the Orchestra's music-making each year. Wong will hold the Frances P. and Chester C. Bolton Director of Choruses Endowed Chair.
New York Youth Symphony Season 2018/19 Announcement
May 10, 2018
New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), is proud to continue its mission of providing an outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students between the ages of 12-22 by launching a new Musical Theater Composition program aimed at diversifying the world of musical theater. The new director and performance information is expected to be announced in summer 2018. Also new in 2018/19 the NYYS Orchestra and Chamber Music Programs will tour together for the first time ever to Spain in 2019, where they will explore cities including Madrid, Granada, and Seville.
Juilliard Organists Give A Free Recital At The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine
April 06, 2018
Juilliard organists, under the direction of Organ Department Chair Paul Jacobs, give a free recital at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC) on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 7:30pm.