Division of Theatre at York College presents The Homecoming


Study, grow, and play with a premiere 705-seat performing arts venue as your main playground.

From your first year on, opportunities seem endless to perform, direct, design and more in the York College theatre program. Join a program that allows students to discover who they are and what type of theatre artist they want to become.

It starts with a curriculum designed to challenge you to be a well-rounded artist-scholar, with skills learned in performance, costume design, set design and arts administration; you’ll also be well-versed in dramatic literature from around the world. Student-directed plays and designed work give our students the chance to get hands-on experience with both peers and professionals — is there any better way to learn theatre and about all that goes into a production? Internships and independent studies give you added flexibility to specialize and get real world experience. Top all of that off with your “classroom”: the sublime Waldner Performing Arts Center. For aspiring actors, directors, scene designers, costume designers, and other theatre professionals, the stage is set for success from day one.

Get to know the Theatre program at York College, where students can get experience in all aspects of putting on a stage production.
York College stage crew 2016 working on lighting
York College theatre students learn all aspects of theatre, from makeup and costumes to acting and directing.

Your future in Theatre

For aspiring actors, directors, scene designers, costume designers, and other theatre professionals, the stage is set for success from day one. Faculty who will take the time to help you one-on-one are there to support you along the way. Our graduates have gone on to work for numerous summer stock companies, Hershey Park & Resorts, Virginia Repertory Theatre, and universities and regional theatres across the country. Possible careers include:
  • Acting
  • Arts Administration
  • Scenic, Lighting or Costume Design
  • Dramaturg
  • Theatre Teacher

Upcoming Events

  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

    You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
    Based on the Comic Stip Peanuts                                                              ‌
    by Charles M. Schulz
    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
    With additional songs by Andrew Lippa
    Directed by Erin Lippard
    October 26-29, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
    Perko Theatre

    Spend a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang in this lighthearted, family-friendly musical. Will Lucy get Schroeder to stop playing the piano long enough to kiss her? Will Snoopy shoot down the infamous Red Baron? Will Linus give up his blanket? And will the little Red-Haired girl ever look in Charlie Brown's direction? Discover what happiness is in this funny and touching modern musical. 

    Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/d/pa--york/free--events/charlie-brown/?crt=regular&sort=best for tickets or call 717.600.3868

  • Story Theatre

    By Paul Sills
    Co-directed by Theatre Majors: Abigail Baker '17, Megan Cantz '17, Devin Morgan '18, and Mitchell Nease '18
    November 16-19, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Perko Theatre

    The founder of Chicago's Second City Improv, Paul Sills, created this unique show based on fables from Aesop and the Brothers Grimm. When it premiered in 1970, Clive Barnes wrote in The New York Times that the show brought "magic and innocence to Broadway." Join these four student directors as they bring Henny Penny, the Golden Goose, Venus and the Cat, the Fisherman and His Wife, The Robber Baron, and the Bremen Town Musicians to life. This show is appropriate for children but written for adults. 

  • Devised Theatre Class Presentation

    December 1-3, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Perko Theatre

    Theatre students will collaborate to create a unique theatrical experience based on improv, Viewpoints and Moment Work technique. Together they will act, direct, and design a show that explores the nature of art and childhood based on this season's theme. Join them as they piece together ideas, scripts, and theatrical elements to premiere a one-of-a-kind production. 

  • A Christmas Carol

    Adapted by Suzanne Delle, MFA, from the story by Charles Dickens
    December 8-10, 2016, 10 a.m., Waldner Performing Arts Center

    It's time to get in the holiday spirit with York College’s annual student matinee production of the classic story, A Christmas Carol. Join the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future as they transform Ebenezer Scrooge from a lonely miser into someone who truly understands the joy of the season. This 45-minute version is perfect for families of all ages.  

Student Opportunities and Experiences

Students from the student one acts after their performance.
Cultural Series
The Theatre Division explores the theme of childhood and the stories we tell in our public Cultural Series events. We are offering professionally directed shows this year alongside our student directed productions as we continue our educational mission of teaching the next generation of actors, directors and technicians.
York College Improv student organization brings together students interested in learning the art of performing in the moment.
York College Improv Group
YCP Improv is a student group organization that brings together students interested in improv to practice and learn to perform in the moment.
Waldner Performing Arts Center at York College

Professional-quality theatre Waldner Performing Arts Center

Students in the theatre major have access to many opportunities on and offstage in the the Waldner Performing Arts Center (WPAC) to get hands-on experience. The WPAC includes:

  • York Collegiate Theatre (705-seat capacity)
  • Perko Playpen Theatre (125-seat black box type)
  • Dressing Room/Makeup Rooms
  • Scene Shop, Green Room, and more.
Contact Us
Division of Theatre
Suzanne Delle, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Theatre
Wolf Hall, Room 407
Phone: 717.815.6451

Allison Altland
Administrative Assistant
Wolf Hall 206