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Theatre and Dance

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Theatre and Dance

E.O. Bull Center, Room 119
2 E. Rosedale Ave.
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3463
Fax: 610-436-2171

Dr. Harvey Rovine, Chairperson

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Tour Registration

The Department of Theatre and Dance will be offering tours throughout the fall / spring semesters and summer. Tour requests can be made directly with the department to arrange a day and time that works best for you. Please contact Gabrielle Buzgo at to schedule a tour.

Shadow Day

High school juniors and seniors are invited to experience the arts at WCU by spending the day with a current student. Your visit will include the opportunity to tour our facilities, sit in on a class, have lunch on campus, and meet with faculty. The following dates are available for shadow opportunities:

  • Monday, February 19

Please contact Gabrielle Buzgo at to register for a shadow day. Don't forget to visit our events calendar to see what performances are happening on the day of your visit!

Scholarships and Awards

The J. Peter Adler Prize Scholarship is a $1,000 renewable scholarship awarded to a first year student who demonstrates high academic and creative potential. The award is based on a review of grades, community, extra and/or co-curricular, or volunteer activities, performance audition/portfolio, and an interview. Applications can be obtained by calling the Department of Theatre and Dance. This scholarship is renewable for four years based on the recipient maintaining an overall 2.5 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in theatre courses.

The Barbara J. Lappano '67, M'73 Dance Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship awarded to a full-time dance minor or concentration student that has a minimum of 60 credits and has attended one full year at WCU. Active involvement in the University dance program will be a major factor in selection of the recipient. Active involvement may include being a member of University Dance Company, participation with the theatre and/or musical theatre programs, and participation at dance festivals and conferences through WCU. The recipient will also have a minimum of 3.0 GPA and be a US citizen. Application can be obtained by calling the Department of Theatre and Dance.

The DTM Development Award is for eligible theatre students (majors and minors) that have exhibited potential for growth in any area of technical theatre. A scholarship or scholarships will be awarded to help defray costs of students wishing to attend the United States Institute for Theatre Technology annual conference and stage exposition. Individual award amounts vary depending on the number of applicants, with the total scholarship awards not exceeding $2000. Students will be invited to apply by the DTM faculty. The application consists of an interest letter, resume, GPA and a listed faculty mentor that supports the applicant's attendance in a specific technical area. Award winners are selected based on their submissions as ranked by the faculty.

Student Professional Development Award awards four scholarships of up to $250 annually for student professional development opportunities. All theatre students (majors and minors) are eligible to apply for these funds. Students must submit a letter of intent, budget plan for the funds requested, resume, and GPA. These funds can be used for a variety of professional development opportunities such as attendance at the URTA auditions or the KCACTF regional festival or preparing professional portfolio needs. The intended professional development opportunity must be clearly identified in both the letter of intent and the budget proposal. The budget proposal should identify other funding sources should the total cost be greater than the award.

Dean's Transfer Scholarship is for eligible theatre arts students that have successfully transferred 30 or more credits into West Chester University. This is a $500 per semester award renewable for four consecutive fall/spring semesters. Criteria: minimum of 24 credit hours from a post-secondary institution and a GPA of 3.0 from previous institution. The scholarship is conferred as $1,000 in the spring semester (retroactive $500 for the fall term). Students must submit a resume and two letters of recommendation. There is an audition/portfolio review and interview process associated with this scholarship.

The J. Peter Adler Prize For Excellence In Theatre is an annual award endowed by the family and friends of J. Peter Adler and West Chester University. The J. Peter Adler Prize will be awarded each spring to a current West Chester University Senior, regardless of undergraduate major, who has participated in the theatre arts while at West Chester University and will use the scholarship associated with the prize to attend graduate school or work in professional theatre. The winner of the J. Peter Adler Prize may take up to three years from graduation to initially use the scholarship funds associated with this award.

The Alumni Awards For Choreography, started by Barbara Lappano, WCU dance faculty from 1970 -2004 and founder of Dance Production Workshop, honors current University Dance Company students for their excellence in choreography. All pieces were performed during the spring UDC student concert.

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance: out of state scholarship, is for all incoming out of state theatre majors. Students should have a GPA of at least 3.0 and be involved in their high school theater program. The scholarship is awarded to one student in the amount of $5,000 per year, with the possibility of renewal for four years. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for renewal. These submissions must be received by the scholarship committee before January 20, 2017. Learn more and apply now.

Learn More About University Scholarships

You can view a list of recent Scholarship and Award Winners on our Department News page.


National Organizations

Students in the Department of Theatre & Dance also regularly are involved with activities in the following organizations to gain further understanding of their field of choice and also participate in adjudications or master classes with working theatre and dance artists:

Study Abroad

Click to Play 'Commedia dell'Arte in Italy' videoStudy Commedia dell'Arte in Italy with the Ombelico Mask Academy at West Chester University

Commedia dell'Arte is an amazing theatrical art form, but sometimes things get lost in translation. For a true understanding of Commedia, you really need to get back to the source... Italy.

Join Ombelico Mask Academy this Summer for one month, as we travel to the sun-drenched land of coastal Calabria, where Magna Grecia once ruled supreme, where Odysseus roamed the shores, and where Pulcinella first cheated Death.

Discover which Commedia character secretly resides within you... and how to bring that being to life for maximum joy and laughter. Get back to the roots of theatre as a wholly collaborative effort, where you are at once the actors, the playwrights and the directors. Delve into the rich history and influence of Commedia through classes in Greek Tragedy, Stage Combat, Burratini (traditional Italian puppetry), and of course, Italian culture.

And savor the best food you will ever eat in your life.

This program is being offered for credit through West Chester University, but anyone is welcome to apply. Space is limited. For questions, email Professor John Bellomo at


University Dance Company (UDC) is a faculty advised and student run concert dance organization. The focus of the UDC is to promote dance as an art form at West Chester University and to provide students with interests in choreography, performance, stage management, lighting and costume design, and arts administration the opportunity to create and shape their voice within this art form. UDC has two concerts every season; the fall concert focuses on faculty and guest artist work, while the spring concert mainly presents student choreography and design. Students work with both faculty and guest artists in the creation of new choreography and design.

University Theatre, which offers excellent opportunities, functions in the StudioStage and MainStage theatres of the Bull Center and in the new Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Its major productions, drawn from the classics, contemporary drama, and Broadway musicals are outstanding events for the University and community as well. Additional activities can include participation in Homecoming, the AIDS benefit, working concessions for MainStage productions, and monthly socials. All students with an interest in drama are welcome.

Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Honor Society), an honorary fraternity, recognizes excellence in and dedication to the theatre arts. It is sponsored by the Department of Theatre & Dance and membership is open to all students regardless of major.