Current season

Pride and Prejudice 

From the novel by Jane Austin, adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan
Directed by Associate Professor Leonard Kelly

October 22 & 23, 2021 at 7:30pm
October 24, 2021 at 2:00pm

Purchase Tickets  |  Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Thus, famously begins Jane Austin’s masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. Now all the wit and romance of this classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging stage adaptation. Jane, Elizabeth, and Lydia Bennet are likely-looking girls in a period when a woman's one possible career is matrimony. Finding a husband may not be Elizabeth Bennet's most pressing concern, but with four sisters and an overzealous match-making mother, it's difficult to escape the subject. When the strong-willed Elizabeth meets the attractive but enigmatic Mr. Darcy is it possible for them to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

Fall Dance Concert

Directed by Associate Professor Gretchen Studlien-Webb

November 12 & 13, 2021 at 7:30pm
November 13, 2021 at 2:00pm 

Purchase Tickets  |  Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre

University Dance Company’s annual fall dance concert celebrates the return to the theatre highlighting selected student choreography.

The Triangle Factory Fire Project

By Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans
Directed by Associate Professor John Bellomo

November 19, 20, 2021 at 7:30pm
November 20 & 21, 2021 at 2:00pm

Purchase Tickets  |  MainStage Theatre

Saturday, March 25, 1911. 4:45 P.M. flames sweep through the Triangle Factory. Panic-stricken workers run in all directions. Some make it to the fire escape, only to have it collapse beneath their weight. Others run to the exit door but find it locked. Dozens leap from the windows to their deaths, shocking the crowd of onlookers gathered below. And some through bravery or sheer luck make it out alive. By using real words spoken by real people, from Ukrainian seamstresses to millionaire Fifth Avenue socialites, The Triangle Factory Fire paints a heartbreakingly clear picture of a disastrous day in American history and explores the human toll such a tragedy takes on us all.

The Winter’s Tale 

By William Shakespeare 
Special Guest Director

March 3, 4 & 5, 2022 at 7:30pm
March 5 & 6, 2022 at 2:00pm

Purchase Tickets  |  J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre

King Leontes tears his family apart with his jealousy, but grief unlocks his heart. Will the King find the child he abandoned before it is too late? Will the bear catch it’s prey?  Will statues come to life? Come see The Winter’s Tale, in one of Philadelphia’ premiere directors contemporary retelling of the Shakespeare’s classics.

Student Written One Acts

By the students of THA313 Playwriting
Directed by advanced theatre students

April 1 & 2, 2022 at 7:30pm
April 3, 2022 at 2:00pm 

Purchase Tickets  |  J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre

The Student Written One Acts is an evening of short plays penned by the Theatre 313 Playwriting Class.  Come see plays reflecting issues and themes that are resonate to college students from West Chester University. We are pleased again to have our talented students serve as directors, designers, technicians, stage managers and, of course, actors to present this performance of original student work. 

Into the Woods

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine 
Directed by Associate Professor Charlie DelMarcelle

April 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2022 at 7:30pm
April 23 & 24, 2022 at 2:00pm

Purchase Tickets  |  MainStage Theatre

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ most popular folktales, Into the Woods imagines what would happen if famous fairytale characters were thrown together in increasingly dramatic and humorous ways. Cinderella, Jack (of bean-stalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood, a Baker and his Wife set out into the forest on their quests to find "happily ever after." Along the way they meet Rapunzel, a Wicked Witch, a lascivious Wolf, vengeful Giants, a couple of charming Princes, and their own destinies.   This beloved musical parable about the loss of innocence, the joys and sorrows of adulthood, and the price paid for getting the things you really want, is sure to challenge and delight you!

Spring Dance Concert 

Directed by Associate Professor maria urrutia

April 28, 29 & 30, 2022 at 7:30pm
April 30, 2022 at 2:00pm

Purchase Tickets  |  Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre

University Dance Company’s annual spring dance concert focuses various dance styles and creative student choreography as well as current WCU dance faculty and guest artists’ work.

Information on auditions, performance dates, times and access will be posted as it becomes available. Please follow us on social media!

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Productions are subject to change.

Audition information

All auditions for the Department of Theatre and Dance productions are open to the entire campus community.

Fall Dance Concert

August 30th and 31st at 7pm in the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, room 017.

  • Arrive 20-30 minutes early to sign in. Dress as you would for a contemporary dance class.

For more details about the Fall Dance Concert email gstudlien-webb@wcupa.edu in August 2021.

Auditions for the spring dance concert will be held in November 2021. For more details concerning the Spring Dance concert email murrutia@wcupa.edu during the fall semester.


Pride and Prejudice & The Triangle Fire Factory Project Combined Auditions

Wednesday September 1, 2021 6pm - 10pm & Thursday September 2, 2021, at 6pm - 10pm in E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, Mainstage Theatre.

  • Please prepare two contrasting monologues with at least one monologue attending to the richness of language found in the Regency Period. There will also be a movement component to the auditions and callbacks. Please wear hard soled/character shoes.

Timeslots will be posted on the callboard outside the costume shop (E.O. Bull 012). Callbacks are Friday September 3, 2021, 5pm-10pm.

For more details about Pride and Prejudice please email Associate Professor Leonard Kelly (lkelly@wcupa.edu) in August 2021.
For more details about The Triangle Factory Fire Project please email Associate Professor John Bellomo (jbellomo@wcupa.edu) in August 2021.



Auditions for our future productions will be announced throughout the semester. Check back here or email TheatreDance@wcupa.edu.

Dates and Shows are subject to change.

Subscription & Tickets

Department of Theatre and Dance productions are held in J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre (E.O. Bull Center for the Arts), MainStage Theatre (E.O. Bull Center for the Arts), and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre (Swope Music Building). Both Buildings are located on High Street, near the intersection of Rosedale Ave. For GPS, use 817 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383. Free parking is available behind both buildings.

Both buildings are located on High Street, near the intersection of Rosedale Ave. (For GPS, use 817 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383)

Free parking is available behind both the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Enter from South Matlack Street, South High Street or the drive on E. Rosedale Ave.

Ticket Prices

Individual Tickets

Single tickets will go on sale in September and can be purchased two ways:

  1. Online at wcupatix.com/theatreanddance
  2. In person at the Theatre and Dance Box Office, ground floor, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E. Rosedale Ave.; M-F 1-3p. For more info, call 610-436-2533. Tickets can be purchased one hour before curtain (if not already sold out) at the E.O. Bull Center Box Office.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are available for our 55th Season! The following roles for subscribers are now being cast:

  • Walk On | $64.50 | 1 season pass
  • Supporting | $126.00 | 2 season pass
  • Leading | $184.50 | 3 season pass
  • Star | $240.00 | 4 season pass

Each season pass provides six tickets to our season at the lowest price. All subscribers enjoy priority seating, program listing, free ticket exchange, and ticket insurance if tickets are lost or misplaced.

Interested in purchasing a subscription? Call Carolyn Chalmers at (610) 436-3463 to make your purchase.

Past Productions

2020-2021

  • Unmute Yourself, a devised work
  • Fall Dance Concert
  • She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen
  • House Arrest by Anna Deavere Smith
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • Cabaret a la Carte
  • Adaptation, The Spring Dance Concert

2019-2020

  • Macbeth
  • Fall Dance Concert
  • Fefu and Her Friends
  • The Visit
  • An Evening of One Acts*
  • Spring Awakening*
  • Spring Dance Concert*

 *Cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

2018-2019

  • Antigone
  • My Fair Lady
  • Revival, a dance concert
  • Local Girls
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • Progressions, a dance concert
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

2017-2018

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Exit The King
  • Moving Reflections, a dance concert
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Mosaic, a dance concert
  • Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, A Musical Voyage
  • An Evening of One Acts

2016-2017

  • Once Upon a Mattress
  • Veer, to alter a direction or course
  • The Long Christmas Ride Home
  • Blithe Spirit
  • The Honorable Maid
  • Serendipity, a dance concert
  • An Evening of One Acts

2015-2016

  • Company
  • Visual Transparency, a dance concert
  • Ghosts
  • What The Water Gave Me
  • The Tempest
  • Unframed Art, a dance concert
  • An Evening of One Acts

2014-2015

  • Dead Man's Cell Phone
  • The Wedding Singer
  • Imprints, a dance concert
  • All's Well that Ends Well
  • Spoon River Project
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • United Diverse Creations, a dance concert

2013-2014

  • Endgame & Come and Go
  • Godspell
  • Poetics of Space, a dance concert
  • Machinal
  • The Rivals
  • Student Written One-Acts
  • Perpetual Motion, a dance concert

2012-2013

  • Student Written One-Acts
  • She Loves Me
  • Coalescence, a dance concert
  • The Mousetrap
  • A Year with Frog and Toad
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • #OccupyUDC, a dance concert

2011-2012

  • Student Written One-Acts
  • Cabaret
  • Cause and Effect, a dance concert
  • Dark at the Top of the Stairs
  • Make Me A Song
  • Kaleidoscope, a dance concert
  • Macbeth

2010-2011

  • Sorrows and Rejoicings
  • The Pajama Game
  • Student Written One Acts
  • Reception/Perception, a dance concert
  • A Festival of New Female Playwrights
  • The Misanthrope
  • Merge Ahead, a dance concert
  • Fables & Fairytales, Children's Theatre

2009-2010

  • The Rocky Horror Show
  • Student Written One Acts
  • E Pluribus Unum, a dance concert
  • Love's Fire
  • As You Like It
  • Wonder Think Feel, a dance concert

2008-2009

  • Psychopathia Sexualis
  • Student Written One Acts
  • Assassins
  • Then to Now, a dance concert
  • tick…tick…BOOM! (Student-directed: Andrew Lowy)
  • Trojan Women
  • Exploring the Spectrum, a dance concert
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