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Feb 5, 2019 Caitlin Burns

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...

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Jan 31, 2019 Andrea Walls

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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Jan 29, 2019 Lisa Stephens

Book Reading and Signing

You are invited to a Book Reading and Signing by Professor Jonathan Shandell, Department of Visual and Performing Arts.  The role of the artist in the cause of Black freedom has been a hotly debated topic for generations now.  Dr. Shandell's The American Negro Theatre and the Long...

Jan 3, 2019 Jen Retter

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...

Dec 12, 2018 Jen Retter

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, The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era, which unpacks the legacy of the American...

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Nov 9, 2018 Caitlin Burns

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...

Aug 15, 2018 Jen Retter

Dr. Shandell Sheds Light on History of African-American Theatre

Dr.  Jonathan Shandell, associate professor of Theatre Arts, published his second book, The American Negro Theatre and the Long Civil Rights Era, through University of Iowa Press. Dr. Shandell’s text is the first comprehensive analysis of American Negro Theatre (ANT), a historic group founded...

Jun 29, 2018 Jen Retter

Actor and Playwright Hitchens ‘07 Shares Spooky Past

By Nicole Gieselman ’19 Director, playwright, and Acting alumnus Josh Hitchens ‘07 has been sending shivers down spines with his original, autobiographical play Ghost Stories. Directed by Ryan Walter, the one-man show is comprised of six paranormal tales that have (literally) haunted Hitchens...

Kishia Nixon ’15 and Trevor William Fayle ’13 rehearse for "Sing the Body Electric." Photo provided by Theatre Exile.

May 7, 2018 Caitlin Burns

Theater Alumni to Participate in “Electric” New Production

Arcadia Theater alumni Kishia Nixon ’15 and Trevor William Fayle ’13 will perform as leads in Sing the Body Electric, a Theatre Exile production showing through May 13 in Philadelphia. Written by Michael Hollinger and directed by Deborah Block, the play follows Jess (played by Nixon), a failing...

Apr 25, 2018 Caitlin Burns

Global 1968 Panel Explores Iconic Year’s Influence on Pop Culture

By Caitlin Joyce '20 On March 29, a panel, “1968: Transformations in Art, Media, and Culture,” discussed how political and social climate changes during that year influenced pop culture. The panel, part of the Global 1968: Explosions and Legacies series, featured Dr. Bruce Campbell Jr.,...

Kathryn Jones Mar 27, 2018 12:43 pm

Enchanted by London’s Theater Scene

I grew up in a very artistic household. Everyone in my family plays an instrument, we all are avid singers, my sister and I draw, and my father and I write. I was not only surrounded by creativity growing up, but I was actively encouraged to explore these artistic urges. And that’s what I’ve...

Jessica Derr Feb 27, 2018 9:24 am

Shaking It Up With Shakespeare

Fenced in by desks, a mass of bodies wander and weave among each other. Their heads are bent over slips of paper in hand, yet they never collide. Rather, they orbit each other in perfect harmony, their voices raised as one in a steady beat, chanting out the same verses over and over. Surely images...