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Jan 23, 2014 Purnell Cropper

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...

Apr 15, 2013 Purnell Cropper

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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Apr 1, 2013 Sarah Schwartz

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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Feb 27, 2013 Sarah Schwartz

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. ...

Feb 21, 2013 Sarah Schwartz

‘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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Feb 19, 2013 Sarah Schwartz

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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Feb 15, 2013 Donna Whitlock

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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Jan 30, 2013 JoLynne Bremmer

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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Jan 21, 2013 Sarah Schwartz

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...

Dec 7, 2012 Sarah Schwartz

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...

Nov 30, 2012 Sarah Schwartz

‘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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Nov 29, 2012 JoLynne Bremmer

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-...