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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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October 5, 2021

Arcadia University Theater Presents The Pit, Oct. 15-17

Arcadia University Theater Arts announces full casting and production details for The Pit created by Arcadia University students and alumni. Conceived and directed by Damien Figueras and Alisa Sickora Kleckner, The Pit will play in Parking Lot 12, the Pit parking lot, October 15-17, 2021. Arcadia...

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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, 2020

Arcadia Community Members Create Masks for Those in Need

Members of the Arcadia community continue to step up in the fight against COVID-19. With Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and masks as some of the biggest needs, Arcadia students, faculty, staff, and alumni have pulled out their sewing machines and needles to make over 1,000 masks. After 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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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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April 17, 2019

Petersen’s New Play “Chrysalis” Performed at Villanova April 27 and 28

Kathryn Petersen , associate professor of Theater Arts, is having her new play Chrysalis featured in Villanova's "Staged Reading" series on April 27 and 28. The play explores the story of 17th century naturalist and illustrator Maria Sybilla Merian and her daughter, Dorothea. After Sibylla Merian...

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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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January 31, 2019

Black Box Theater Receives Grant

The Arcadia Foundation awarded a $91,000 grant to the University for the renovation of the Black Box Theater in support of Arcadia’s growing Theater Arts program. The grant will transform this performance space, dedicated by the Class of 1968 in celebration of its 45-year reunion, for emerging...

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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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