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June 21, 2022

Jones '23 Finds Connection while Studying in London

Harper Jones ’23 knew she’d enjoy the theater scene in London. An Acting major with a Musical Theater concentration, Jones was in one of the globe’s theater capitals almost the entire spring semester on a study abroad program with Arcadia London Center and Goldsmith University. What she may not...

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June 7, 2022

Dr. Shandell Speaks on African American Artists on “Adventures in Theater History: Philadelphia” Podcast

Dr. Jonathan Shandell , associate professor of Theater Arts at Arcadia University, appeared June 3 on the podcast "Adventures in Theater History: Philadelphia." On this episode of the podcast , Philadelphia theater historian Peter Schmitz leads a conversation inspired by Dr. Shandell's article, "...

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May 11, 2022

Class of 2022 Spotlight: Amanda Sturman

Amanda Sturman Major : Bachelor of Arts in Theater Hometown : Cortez, Co. Why Arcadia : “I really wanted to come out to the east. I heard Philadelphia was a good place for theatre. I settled on Arcadia because the size was right for me. It wasn’t too big, wasn’t too small, perfect for individual...

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March 29, 2022

April 1-3: Arcadia University Theater Presents: Euripides The Bakkhai

Arcadia University Theater Arts announces full casting and production details for Euripides The Bakkhai a new version by Anne Carson. Directed by Theater Arts guest teaching artist Katherine Wilkinson, The Bakkhai will play Arcadia’s Little Theater April 1-3, 2022. The Bakkhai (Euripides’ most...

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February 14, 2022

Arcadia University Theater Presents: "Vanities: The Musical", Feb. 17-20

Arcadia University Theater Arts announces full casting and production details for Vanities: The Musical with a book by Jack Heifner & music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum. Directed by Theater Arts faculty member & Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Azuka Theatre Kevin Glaccum, Vanities:...

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January 26, 2022

Dr. Shandell Publishes Two Articles on History of African American Theater in Philadelphia

Dr. Jonathan D. Shandell , associate professor of Theater Arts at Arcadia University, recently had two articles published related to the history of African American theater and performance in the Philadelphia region. The first essay, "Caricatured, Marginalized, and Erased: African American Artists...

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November 8, 2021

Nov. 18-21: Arcadia University Theater Presents: Marisol

Arcadia University Theater Arts announces full casting and production details for Marisol by José Rivera. Directed by guest artist Taysha Canales, Marisol will play the Little Theatre stage Nov. 18-21. In a world where apples are extinct, and people turn into mounds of salt, the angels plot an epic...

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September 21, 2021

Arcadia University Theater Presents: Fugitive Songs, Oct. 1-3

Arcadia University Theater Arts announces full casting and production details for Fugitive Songs by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. Directed by Associate Professor of Theater & Artistic Director Aaron McAllister, Fugitive Songs will play Stiteler Auditorium from Oct. 1 through Oct. 3. This...

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July 26, 2021

Arcadia Theater Awarded Best of Glenside

By Katherine Haines '21, '22 Arcadia University Theater has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Best of Glenside Award in the Performing Arts Theatre category. Arcadia University Theatre has adapted to the COVID pandemic by producing virtual performances and other mediums of innovative...

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April 28, 2021

Dr. Shandell Provides Guidance on History of African American Theater in MSNBC Podcast

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Jonathan Shandell provided research guidance for an episode of MSNBC’s podcast, “Into America,” a show about being Black in America. Into America produced a four-part series for Black History Month, “Harlem on my Mind,” which investigated the legacies of four...

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June 3, 2020

Taylor ’21 Quoted by Baltimore Sun at Weekend Protest

BFA Acting major Jack Taylor ’21 is one of thousands who took to the streets across the United States between May 30 and 31 to protest the social injustices toward black Americans. His participation in an Edgewood, Md. protest was captured in the June 1 Baltimore Sun . “‘It’s so easy to just go, ‘...

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May 7, 2020

#ArcadiaStrong: Faculty and Staff Standouts During COVID-19

We asked our social media followers to share outstanding faculty and staff experiences they've had in the wake of COVID-19. " Jodi Bornstein has built a community for ED110 that has been super supportive." " Kathy Trainor has been very supportive and accommodating!" " Dr. Trainor and the...

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February 5, 2020

Mitchell ’20 Dreams of Life on Stage to Assist Community

Justin Mitchell ’20 Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts Justin Mitchell ’20 came to Arcadia as a Business Administration major. On his first day of classes, he changed his major to Theater Arts. A shy student at Central High School, Mitchell had dreamed of getting on stage. However, when...

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October 10, 2019

Theater, Athletics Receive Funds to Expand Campus Facilities

The University continues to expand its academic and extracurricular facilities, with more renovations to the Black Box Theater, esports hub, and Kuch Center. This summer, the Arcadia Foundation awarded a $91,000 grant to the University to renovate the Black Box Theater to support Arcadia’s growing...

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September 26, 2019

Dr. Shandell’s Book Named Finalist for George Freedley Award

Dr. Jonathan Shandell , associate professor of Theater Arts, was one of eight finalists for the Theatre Library Association’s George Freedley Memorial Award for his recent book, The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era . The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era...

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August 21, 2019

Inside Out Program Hosts National Training at Arcadia

From July 28 to Aug. 3, faculty from around the country who teach through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program visited Arcadia University to learn more about the program, where students and inmates work together in a collaborative classroom at a nearby prison. At present, there are more than 150...

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July 14, 2019

Amill '18 Acts for Shared Humanity

For Theater Arts and Gateway/ACT 101 alumnus Wilfredo “Freddy” Amill ’18 , community, justice, and performance are inextricable. This year, Amill toured with Delaware Shakespeare, a professional theater company focused on educational programming for diverse audiences that can explore their shared...

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March 18, 2019

Theater Hosts Hedda Gabler in Grey Towers Castle

If all the world’s a stage, then the Arcadia University Theater is taking every opportunity to perform in creative spaces around campus– including Grey Towers Castle. For Hedda Gabler, which will run from March 28 to 31, they’re transforming the lobby, Dining Room, and Rose and Mirror rooms into...

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February 25, 2019

Arcadia Theater Showcases Adaptability in Three Productions Spring Semester

Arcadia University Theater presents three diverse productions in the Spring 2019 semester at the Spruance Fine Arts Center Mainstage and Grey Towers Castle. Productions run Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Through March 3, students will...

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February 19, 2019

Dr. Shandell’s New Book Focuses on African American Theater in the 1940s and 50s

Dr. Jonathan Shandell , associate professor of Visual and Performing Arts, discussed themes and the artist’s struggle during a reading and signing of his recent book, The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era , on Feb. 13. The American Negro Theatre, a theater in Harlem during the...

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February 5, 2019

Arcadia Celebrates African American History Month

Arcadia University will celebrate African American History Month with a variety of events this month, including a concert, book reading and signing, and a youth oratorical competition. Book Reading and Signing with Dr. Shandell Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5 to 7 p.m. Stein Fireplace Lounge Associate...

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