Pennsylvania Theatre Institute

West Chester University's summer theatre arts program is a safe, supportive environment for young people to grow, play, learn, and thrive.

At the Pennsylvania Theatre Institute at West Chester University, our teachers aren't just award-winning professional actors, designers, musicians, and improvisors with lengthy careers in the Philadelphia region. They are also world-class educators and university professors, with years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring young artists.

Our state-of-the-art facilities at West Chester University are equipped for student success. Our students train in acting, improvisation, movement, voice, dance, and theatrical design, creating their own showcase projects as they go. But most of all... they laugh, learn, and build lifelong friendships with one another.

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Scholarship and Award Winners


  • J. Peter Adler Prize Scholarship | 2020-2021
    • Cara Cashman '24 (Musical Theatre concentration)
  • Barbara J. Lappano '67, M'73 Dance Scholarship Fund | 2021-2022
    • Claudia Adams '21 (Dance minor)
    • Christina McLaughlin '22 (Dance minor)
  • Department of Theatre and Dance Out of State Scholarship | 2018-2019
    • Sarah Ford '22
  • Emerging Dance Minor Scholarship | 2020-2021
    • Holly Mcmenamin '24
    • Molly Thorpe '24
  • Lila Berkovich Achuff Memorial Scholarship | 2020-2021
    • Ellie Dilworth '21 (Dance minor)


  • J. Peter Adler Prize For Excellence In Theatre | 2020-2021
    • Erica Barnes '21 (B.A. Theatre with Dance minor)
    • Becs Smith '21 (B.A. Theatre with Design + Production concentration)
  • Alumni Awards For Choreography | 2019-2020
    • Julia Rizzo '20 (Dance minor)

Student, Faculty and Alumni Updates

Alumni News

If you graduated from one of the programs in the Department of Theatre and Dance at WCU, we would love to hear what you are doing!

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