Theater Arts

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Feb 17, 2015 Purnell Cropper

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...

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Feb 10, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

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...

Jan 30, 2015 Purnell Cropper

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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Jan 22, 2015 Purnell Cropper

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...

Nov 18, 2014 Purnell Cropper

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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Jul 8, 2014 Purnell Cropper

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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Mar 31, 2014 Purnell Cropper

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...

Mar 17, 2014 Purnell Cropper

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 initial...

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Feb 20, 2014 Purnell Cropper

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 [...

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Jan 30, 2014 Purnell Cropper

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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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...