Arcadia University News


April 1, 2013

Register Now: Acting Course Takes Students Behind Prison Walls

For students in the course “Inside-Out: Acting Behind the Walls,” all the world’s a stage—even when behind prison walls. This life-changing class developed by Celeste Walker , Adjunct Professor of Theater Arts, brings college students together with incarcerated individuals to study as peers in a...

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February 27, 2013

Gish Prize Winner Anna Deavere Smith ’71 Interviewed on NPR

National Public Radio interviewed Anna Deavere Smith ’71 on Feb. 25 following her most recent honor, the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish prize—one of the highest honors in the arts world. Host Michel Martin of NPR’s Tell me More speaks with Deveare Smith about what the award means to her...

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February 21, 2013

‘Proof’: Theater Students Find Truth in Their Pursuits

By SARAH R. SCHWARTZ ’10 Photography PEDRO LEAL ’13 Arcadia University Theater presents Proof , David Auburn’s intellectual mystery, from Feb. 21 to March 2. The 2001 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama has captivated audiences all over the world since its 2000 debut, but it may hold...

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February 19, 2013

Bryn Mawr Film Institute Presents Loebell’s Film ‘Dostoyevsky Man,’ March 6

Dostoyevsky Man, a film written, produced and directed by Adjunct Professor of Theater Arts Larry Loebell , will be presented at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. Radio host Phillip Silverstone, host of WWDB 96.5 FM’s Time Out will interview Loebell and actor Seth...

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February 15, 2013

Sharp Earns Honorable Mention for Costume Design at KCACTF

In January, during a trip to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Regional II (KCACTF) at Towson University in Towson, Md., Theater major Amanda Sharp earned the Costume Design Award Honorable Mention for her contributions to Arcadia University Theater’s spring 2012 production of...

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January 30, 2013

New York Times: Deavere Smith ’71 Honored with Gish Prize

The New York Times reported on Jan. 17 that Anna Deavere Smith ’71 was honored with the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the largest awards in the arts. The prize, now in its 19th year, was established by Lillian Gish’s will and is awarded “to a man or woman who has made an outstanding...

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January 21, 2013

Courier Post Online: Theater Alum Discovered 'Unusual Specialty at Arcadia University'

Courier Post Online reported on Jan. 12 that Terri McIntyre ’08 will be appearing in Philadelphia's Plays & Players Theatre production Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which runs Jan. 17 through Feb. 3. In addition to rock music and special effects, the Tony award-winning dark comedy relies on...

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December 7, 2012

Fashion Forward: Victorians Explore the Fabric of Time in ‘On the Verge’

By FRANCESCA MAYR ’16 Photography FIG TREE PHOTOGRAPHY Aristotle may have proclaimed that spectacle—costumes, scenery and other visual elements of theater—is the least important element of drama, but this certainly is not the case with Arcadia’s fast-paced production of On the Verge , which tells...

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November 30, 2012

‘On the Verge’ Traverses Time and Space, through Dec. 9

By SARAH R. SCHWARTZ ’10 Photography FIG TREE PHOTOGRAPHY Leave your space suit at home and conquer the last great unknown in heels, high buttons and pith helmets. Arcadia University Theater’s current production, On the Verge , directed by Kevin Marini, follows three female Victorian explorers into...

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November 29, 2012

Shandell Contributes to ‘The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre’

Dr. Jonathan Shandell contributed to The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre . His article, “The Negro Little Theatre Movement,” traces the flourishing of numerous small, independent African American theatre companies founded the first half of the 20th Century (primarily in the 1910s-...

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November 26, 2012

Newsworks: Arcadia University Theater Production 'On the Verge' Opens Nov. 29

Newsworks listed Arcadia University's upcoming theater production, On the Verge , in its Holiday Entertainment Guide. On the Verge opens Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 9 in the MainStage Theater, Spruance Fine Arts Center. Visit the Newsworks Holiday Entertainment Guide . On the Verge is a wacky...

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October 15, 2012

The Triangle: Pilla Performs 'The Farewell' at Mandell Theater

The Triangle reported on Oct. 12 that Janet Pilla , Adjunct Professor in Arcadia's Theater Arts and Acting program, was featured in “What Makes A Masterpiece?” at Drexel University's Mandell Theater on Oct. 4. The program featured a lecture from dance performer, critic and NYU professor Deborah...

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October 15, 2012

Behind the Scenes: Arcadia University Theater's 'Messuggah Nuns!'

New season begins with a musical comedy. Story by Sarah R. Schwartz ’10 | Photos by Fig Tree Photography It was just 48 hours before the final tech rehearsal of Messuggah-Nuns! , and Director Mark Wade sat perched in house left, as the cast ran through several musical selections. Though Wade’s arms...

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October 3, 2012

Shandell Receives Travel Grant from American Society for Theatre Research

Assistant Professor of Theater Arts Jonathan Shandell received a David Keller Travel Grant from the American Society for Theatre Research for his session, “Experiments in Democracy in the American Theatre, 1900-1950: A Definition and Overview.” The theme for this session comes from a 1932 Chicago...

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October 1, 2012

Taking Music Education to the Opera

By JEN RETTER ’16 Arcadia University students had the opportunity to see La Bohème, a four-act opera by Giacomo Puccini, at the Academy of Music on Sept. 26. The production marked the start of the opera season, and those who attended had the honor of being the first audience to experience the...

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September 14, 2012

Loebell's Film 'Dostoyevsky Man' Hits Arcadia's Silver Screen, Sept. 16

Arcadia University will present The Dostoyevsky Man , a film written, produced and directed by Adjunct Professor of Theater Arts Larry Loebell, on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the MainStage Theater, Spruance Fine Arts Center. Admission is free with a valid Arcadia student ID. With the golden age...

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September 13, 2012

Chestnut Hill Local: Philadelphia Fringe Film 'Dostoyevsky Man' Filmed at Arcadia University

Chestnut Hill Local featured Adjunct Professor Larry Loebell and the debut of his first film Dostoyevsky Man on Arcadia University's MainStage as part of the 2012 Philly Fringe Festival. The film was partially filmed at Arcadia University's Glenside campus. “I originally thought we would fake it —...

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September 10, 2012

Philly Fringe Festival Blog: Faculty Film 'Dostoyevsky Man' Debuts Sept. 16

Philly Fringe Festival Blog featured a story on Adjunct Professor Larry Loebell 's film Dostoyevsky Man , which will be screened at Arcadia University's MainStage Theater, Spruance Fine Arts Center, on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. True to his art, Larry shot the entire film on his own iPhone. As he...

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August 29, 2012

Inside-Out Program Explores Social Justice Through Yogic Path

What happens when you put a dozen students in a room with a dozen incarcerated individuals to practice yoga? It's up to Arcadians to find out. “Living Your Yoga” is a course offered through the national Inside-Out program. It takes students behind the walls of the Philadelphia Detention Center to...

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August 3, 2012

Rosenblum's 'Recto Verso' Accepted into Centennial Juried Art Exhibition

"Recto Verso," an original bronze and mixed media sculpture by Adjunct Professor of Acting Debra Rosenblum will appear in the upcoming Centennial Juried Art Exhibition at Delaware Art Museum from Oct. 20, 2012 - Jan 13, 2013. The sculpture was also awarded second prize in sculpture at the 2011 "Art...

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July 24, 2012

Trib Total Media: Lantz ’14 Gains Backstage Experience with Playhouse Apprenticeship

Trib Total Media reported on July 21 that Olivia Lantz , a junior Acting major, is gaining experience backstage with an apprenticeship at Apple Hill Playhouse in Delmont, Pa., as reported by Alice T. Carter, Tribune-Review Theater critic. “I really wanted to get some other theater experience under...

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