Arcadia University News


February 18, 2016

Students Honored at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

By Lana Valente '19 Arianna Kendra ‘17 , Damien Figueras ‘16 , and Gabriella Santoro ‘16 were awarded scholarships, grants, and other prizes for their work in Arcadia theater productions at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Region II Festival (KC/ACTF), Jan. 12-16 at West Chester...

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February 16, 2016

Q&A: Alan Cumming

On Oct. 8, the Tony Award-winning, Emmy-nominated, New York Times -bestselling author Alan Cumming visited campus to meet with students and discuss his memoir, Not My Father’s Son , which was Arcadia’s First-Year Common Read selection. More than 1,200 students, alumni, and...

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December 22, 2015

Through Dec. 27, Kleckner’s Puppets in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Hedgerow Theatre

Alisa Sickora Kleckner , costume shop manager and adjunct professor of visual and performing arts, helps bring Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to the Hedgerow Theatre in a production featuring puppets she designed and created. The production runs daily through Dec. 27, with two showings on Dec...

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November 18, 2015

Four New Works from Women Playwrights Take Center Stage in 'New Perspectives'

By Shani Carrington '18 Not everyone is a great swimmer. A forgivable offense for a human, but for a shark, being a bad swimmer is a daily annoyance. The dark comedy Bite Me , one of four plays running through Nov. 22 in New Perspectives: Four Plays by Four Women , follows one shark’s attempts to...

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October 16, 2015

‘Miss Julie,’ Tale of Class Struggle and Dangerous Romance, Continues Through Oct. 18

By Shani Carrington ’18 Born to an upper class family and raised by her mother to be subservient to no man, the privileged Miss Julie wishes to step down from her social class and flirts with her father’s valet after her dominant behavior ruins her engagement to another member of the social elite...

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June 10, 2015

Taysha Canales ’11 Appears in Second World Premiere

South Philly Review spotlights Taysha Canales ’11 for her roles as Mother Wolf, the Monkey, and Kaa the Snake in the Arden Theatre Company’s world premiere of The Jungle Book . This is Canales’ second consecutive world premiere, having acted in Moon Cave at Philadelphia’s Azuka Theatre in the...

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June 4, 2015

Instructor, Costumer Austin ’09 Featured in PhillyVoice

On May 19, Rebecca Austin ’09 , adjunct professor of theater arts, was featured on PhillyVoice.com for her work in technical theater. Austin has worked in wardrobe and costuming for The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Tribe of Fools , two Philadelphia theater companies. Now wardrobe supervisor for the...

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February 25, 2015

Shandell Receives Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society

Dr. Jonathan Shandell , associate professor of theater arts, won the Publication Subvention Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS). The award will support the publication of illustrations for his essay “Turning ‘Negroes’ into ‘People’ on Stage: ‘Anna Lucasta’ in Harlem and on...

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February 17, 2015

Pacheco ’02 to Appear on ABC’s ‘Scandal’

Juan Pacheco ’02 appeared as a CIA deputy on the Feb. 12 episode of the television drama Scandal and will reprise the role on Feb. 19. Scandal airs on ABC Thursday nights at 9 p.m. After earning a B.F.A. in Acting, Pacheco performed in various theater productions and won an American College Theater...

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February 10, 2015

HBO Special with Anna Deaveare Smith ’71, ’93H Nominated for NAACP Image Award

An HBO special with actress, playwright, author, and educator Anna Deaveare Smith ’71, ’93H was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. “Anna Deaveare Smith: A YoungArts Masterclass,” which premiered on HBO in February 2014, showcases Deaveare Smith mentoring and...

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January 30, 2015

Arcadia Theater Presents ‘Eurydice,’ Feb. 19 through March 1

As the Greek myth goes, Orpheus and Eurydice are young newlyweds the night that Eurydice dies. Orpheus makes a deal with Hades, ruler of the Underworld, to have his wife released from the Underworld on the condition that he does not look back as he leads Eurydice to the land of the living. Just...

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January 22, 2015

Students Participate in Kennedy Center Theater Festival

Twenty-five Arcadia students participated in the Jan. 2-6 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for Region II at Cleveland State University and Playhouse Square in Ohio. The festival gave students the opportunity to strengthen and showcase their theater skills through workshops...

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November 18, 2014

209 Fairy Tales, One Performance with Grimm’s Spectaculathon, Through Nov. 23

Rumplestiltskin, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood—the Brothers Grimm collected and published more than 200 fairy tales during their lifetimes. Their stories have been depicted in movies, television shows, novels, picture books, and theme park...

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July 8, 2014

Shandell Receives Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society

Dr. Jonathan Shandell , associate professor of theater arts, recently received the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS)’s Publication Subvention Award for his essay “Turning ‘Negroes’ into ‘People’ on Stage: Anna Lucasta in Harlem and on Broadway.” ATDS, an organization of scholars and...

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March 31, 2014

Arcadia University Theater’s Final Production of the Year Encourages Living Out Loud

By JASMINE L. HENDERSON ’15 Arcadia University Theater’s final dramatic show of the season started with a reading assignment in Professor of Theater Arts Kathryn Petersen ’s course on children’s theater over a year ago. Though Sarah Gubbins’ play, fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life , was...

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March 17, 2014

Actor, Playwright Figueras ’16 Brings Words to Life

Damien Figueras ’16 writes about his development as an actor and playwright in his first two posts for Because Arcadia . The English and Theater Arts major recently performed in Arcadia University’s production of Harvey . In “Acting: Learning to Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes,” he explains his...

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February 20, 2014

Theater: ‘Harvey’ Enters Final Weekend

By CHRISTOPHER SARACHILLI ’14 In Arcadia’s production of Harvey, which opens Feb. 20, you don’t see one of the lead characters. Because, he is an invisible six-foot anthropomorphic rabbit. “When we’re on stage, we always have to remember that Harvey is there,” said Clare McLaughlin ’14 . “Jill [the...

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February 19, 2014

Abboud Returns to WHYY’s Radio Times to Discuss Syria

Dr. Samer Abboud , assistant professor of history and international studies at Arcadia University, returned to WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on Wednesday, Feb. 19, as a guest during a segment titled “Syria: peace prospects and the humanitarian crisis.” He was joined by Hazem Hallak, a...

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January 30, 2014

Shandell to Speak on the Hidden History of a Trailblazing African American Actor

Dr. Jonathan Shandell , assistant professor of theatre arts, will deliver a talk titled “Before Rudd Was Russian: The Hidden History of a Trailblazing African American Actor” at the Winkleman Gallery in New York on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The speech will be part of a panel discussion, “Moscow to the...

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January 23, 2014

Arcadia University Comes Alive at the Kennedy Center American College Regional Theater Festival

By DAMIEN FIGUERAS ’16 At the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), Arcadia students earned awards for design and sound for the University’s production of Alive! , an evocative circus-themed puppet performance. During the four-day festival at West Chester University...

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April 15, 2013

The Curtain Opens on ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’

Arcadia University Theater, which earned two awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival last year, presents Chay Yew’s new adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba , running April 18-28 on Arcadia’s MainStage at the Spruance Fine Arts Center. Directed by...

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