Unmute Yourself, a devised work

  • October 2020
  • Virtual
  • Director: Charlie DelMarcelle

    Unmute Yourself will explore the challenges, struggles, strategies, and peculiarities of trying to communicate and connect in an isolated, polarized world. The production’s content, format, design, and delivery will be devised entirely by the student ensemble; all creating and collaborating remotely. At times funny, dark, absurd, and honest, this piece will attempt to give voice to what it feels like to be human in the Fall of 2020. “Can you hear me? I can’t hear you.”

Fall Dance Concert

Director: Liz Staruch

The Fall Dance Concert will focus on ScreenDance, a hybrid art form that focuses on the relationship between the moving body and the camera, elevated through the cinematic editing process. Associate professor and artistic director Liz Staruch will provide a series of instructional workshops to support and encourage student to present their ideas in this medium. This opportunity is open to ALL students on campus interested in filmmaking, video production, choreography, movement, video editing, sound design, and more. As long as movement is a featured component of the project, we want to work with as many students as possible and can pair up collaborations.

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen

Director: John Bellomo

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen is a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games that tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. This production will work collaboratively with Philadelphia’s Die-Cast, a company dedicated to creating immersive work that is tailored to specific non-traditional venues.


House Arrest by Anna Deavere Smith

Director: Victoria Goins

House Arrest, by Anna Deavere Smith, is a series of monologues that aims to weave an account of American politics through the voices of The American people. With the entire text derived verbatim from historical writings and interviews with the playwright, House Arrest questions ‘who is the author of our "official truth"’ – the observed or the observer? 


Student Written One Acts

Directed by advanced theatre students.

The Student Written One Acts is an evening of short plays penned by the Theatre 313 Playwriting Class.  Experience the plays reflecting issues and themes that resonate with 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.


Cabaret a la Carte

Director: Liz Staruch

Cabaret a la Carte mixes a pinch of humor and a dash of storytelling with large dollops of song stylings to serve up the perfect evening of entertainment each time. This three-night virtual performance series features a smorgasbord of talented WCU students and special guests, each different on every night. Proceeds in part benefit our friends and neighbors at the West Chester Food Cupboard and the WCU Resource Pantry. So make a reservation and join us Fridays this April to feel good and do good for others in need! 


Adaptation, The Spring Dance Concert

Director: Gretchen Studlien-Webb

WCU Department of Theatre and Dance is excited to present Adaptation, a unique site-specific outdoor dance event. Individual dances will be performed at several sites on the WCU campus, each site located within a short walking loop. The dances will repeat in place while the audience, socially distanced into several small groups, travels to each of the performance sites. Adaptation consists of innovative live dance pieces interspersed with a few unique screen dance presentations created and performed by West Chester University students.


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