Arcadia University News


January 3, 2019

Glaccum Discusses Gender and Sexuality in ‘Warplay’

Kevin Glaccum , adjunct professor of Theater Arts at Arcadia and artistic director of the Azuka Theatre Company, was interviewed by Philadelphia Magazine on Nov. 8. “LGBTQ&A: Kevin Glaccum” focused on Glaccum’s directorial work for Azuka Theatre’s Warplay production, which re-imagined Greek...

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December 12, 2018

Dr. Shandell Featured on African American Studies Podcast for Book

Dr. Jonathan Shandell , associate professor and co-director of Theater Arts, was featured in an episode of the "New Books on African American Studies" podcast. Dr. Shandell discussed his new novel, T he American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era , which unpacks the legacy of the American...

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November 9, 2018

Visual and Performing Arts Alumni, Staff Nominated for Barrymore Awards

By Richard Lefler '19 On Nov. 5, Arcadia alumni, faculty, and staff from the Visual and Performing Arts Department were recognized at the annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. The awards honor local artists and theater companies in Philadelphia’s thriving theater community. Robin...

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Shandell Sheds Light on History of African-American Theatre

Dr. Jonathan Shandell , associate professor of Theatre Arts, published his second book, The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era , through University of Iowa Press. Dr. Shandell’s text is the first comprehensive analysis of American Negro Theatre (ANT), a historic group founded in...

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June 29, 2018

Actor and Playwright Hitchens ‘07 Shares Spooky Past

By Nicole Gieselman ’19 Director, playwright, and Acting alumnus Josh Hitchens ‘07 has been sending shivers down spines with his original, autobiographical play Ghost Stories . Directed by Ryan Walter, the one-man show is comprised of six paranormal tales that have (literally) haunted Hitchens...

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May 7, 2018

Theater Alumni to Participate in “Electric” New Production

Arcadia Theater alumni Kishia Nixon ’15 and Trevor William Fayle ’13 will perform as leads in Sing the Body Electric , a Theatre Exile production showing through May 13 in Philadelphia. Written by Michael Hollinger and directed by Deborah Block, the play follows Jess (played by Nixon), a failing...

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April 25, 2018

Global 1968 Panel Explores Iconic Year’s Influence on Pop Culture

By Caitlin Joyce '20 On March 29, a panel, “1968: Transformations in Art, Media, and Culture,” discussed how political and social climate changes during that year influenced pop culture. The panel, part of the Global 1968: Explosions and Legacies series, featured Dr. Bruce Campbell Jr. , associate...

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February 20, 2018

Broad Street Review Calls “Sensitive Guys” a Fresh Perspective

On Feb. 15, Broad Street Review published a glowing commendation of Arcadia’s production of “Sensitive Guys.” Critic Mark Cofta raved that Arcadia’s six-member cast, composed exclusively of female and non-binary students, acted with sensitivity and authenticity far superior to the professional...

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February 20, 2018

Dr. Shandell Publishes on Langston Hughes’ ‘Mulatto’

Dr. Jonathan Shandell , associate professor of Theater Arts, published an essay on Langston Hughes’ 1935 Broadway play Mulatto in Visions of Tragedy in Modern American Drama , a text focused on tragedy in theater and literary studies. Dr. Shandell explores Hughes' drama as an inversion of the "...

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February 6, 2018

Arcadia Theater Presents “Sensitive Guys” Feb. 8 to 18

Arcadia University Theater presents Sensitive Guys by MJ Kaufman, a timely show that discusses the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The play follows the Men's Peer Education and women’s Survivor Support groups at fictional Watson College. The two groups are working together to end...

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October 25, 2017

Theater Faculty, Alumni, Students Help Scare Visitors at Eastern State Penitentiary

Faculty, alumni, and students from the University Theater Arts Program are scaring visitors at Eastern State Penitentiary as members of the Terror Behind the Walls team. At Eastern State Penitentiary, which transforms into Terror Behind the Walls each night around Halloween, Theater Costume Shop...

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September 21, 2017

Visual and Performing Arts Alumni, Faculty, Staff Nominated for Barrymore Awards

On Monday, Oct. 30, faculty, staff, and alumni representing Arcadia’s Visual and Performing Arts Department will be recognized at the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, a ceremony that celebrates Philadelphia’s diverse performing arts community. For the second consecutive year, Damien...

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July 7, 2017

Arcadia Theater Receives Best of Glenside Award

Arcadia University Theater received the 2017 Best of Glenside Award in the Performing Arts Theater category. Each year, the Glenside Award Program identifies local organizations that benefit the community and achieve exceptional marketing success. The program works exclusively with local business...

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May 2, 2017

Computer Science Students Present at St. Joseph’s Research Symposium

On April 21, Computer Science students presented research on data mining and related topics at Saint Joseph's University’s Sigma Xi Research Symposium. Led by Dr. Kathy Macropol , assistant professor of Computer Science, 22 students presented the following posters: Christine Acurantes ’17 , Kin Lu...

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April 13, 2017

Dr. Boyd Featured in Berkshire Eagle as Honorary Degree Recipient

The Berkshire Eagle featured Dr. Julianne Mamana Boyd ’66 , co-founder of Barrington Stage Company, as the honorary degree recipient at Arcadia University’s Undergraduate Commencement on May 19. Read More

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April 13, 2017

Theater’s “Spitfire Grill” Highlighted in Broad Street Review

Arcadia University Theater Department was highlighted in a regional roundup of upcoming college and university productions by The Broad Street Review . Writer Mark Cofta named Spitfire Grill one of his “theater picks” for April. Read More

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April 4, 2017

Founder of Barrington Stage Company, Former Red Cross Volunteer of the Year to Address Graduates at Arcadia University’s 2017 Commencements

Dr. Julianne Mamana Boyd ’66 , co-founder and artistic director of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) in Pittsfield, Mass., and Dr. Samuel Cameron , mental health manager with the American Red Cross and Professor Emeritus at Arcadia University, will receive honorary doctoral degrees and address...

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March 13, 2017

Theater Takes 10 for Political Action

Theater students participated in The Ghostlight Project’s “Thank You 10” movement on March 8. With “Thank you 10” a common phrase in theater, with cast and crew replying that when a stage manager calls a 10-minute break, members of the Theater Arts program used their break to call their state and...

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February 15, 2017

Arcadia Theater Performs “Stop Kiss” Feb. 23 to March 5

Arcadia Theater brings its spring season to life with Stop Kiss , being staged in the Little Theater from Feb. 23 to March 5. Stop Kiss tells the poignant story of Callie and Sara, who unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they...

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January 25, 2017

Theater Arts Students Support Inclusion and Diversity Through National Movement

On Jan. 19, Arcadia students gathered outside Spruance Fine Arts Center to support the Ghostlight Project, a national movement to resist intolerance, spread compassion, and ensure inclusion by creating “brave spaces” within the theater arts community. Inspired by the tradition of illuminating “...

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January 19, 2017

Arcadia Theater’s ‘Speech & Debate’ Reprised at National Festival; Wade and Deal ’17 Recognized for Excellence in Theater

On Jan. 6, Arcadia University Theater reprised its fall production of Speech & Debate at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region II Festival (KCACTF). One of seven productions invited to perform at Montclair State University, Speech & Debate —by Tony Award-winning playwright...

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