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Division of Theatre

"Theatre is a mirror, a sharp reflection of society." - Yasmina Reza, Tony-Award winning playwright

The Division of Theatre offers students an individualized blend of academic and practical theatre studies in a vibrant community where faculty, students, and professional staff gather to study and create theatre.  We welcome diverse students from across the country to broaden our theatrical perspectives and develop improved skills in critical thinking.

Our integrated approach to practice and research includes stagecraft, performance, design, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, and theatre management using theoretical, historical and practical approaches to theatre and performance. Small class sizes mean you receive individual attention and create professional relationships with mentors. Our classwork is immediately integrated in main stage performances from costume and prop design to stage combat and dance. Our students run the box office, weld set pieces, and direct and design alongside theatre professionals. Participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival gives our students opportunities to expand their theatre knowledge and contacts.  Recent graduates are working at Virginia Rep in Richmond, Gamut Theatre in Harrisburg, and Opera Philadelphia.  Join us today! 

Get to know the Theatre program at York College, where students can get experience in all aspects of putting on a stage production. Download a transcript of this video.

Upcoming Events

  • Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn

    Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
    by Anne Washburn,
    With a score by Michael Friedman
    Directed by Suzanne Delle, MFA

    March 22-25, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Waldner Performing Arts Center

    Written for anyone who has ever had a favorite story and tried to share it, this play explores a post-apocalyptic world that finds comfort in an episode of "The Simpsons."  When the unthinkable happens, a group of strangers bonds over pop culture references and begins to shape a new society using our love of TV, song, and theatre to create a new mythology and rebuild society. Join us for the area premiere of this new play.

    To order tickets, please visit Ovation tix:

  • Dog Sees God: Confession of a Teenage Blockhead

    Dog Sees God:  Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
    by Bert V. Royal
    Directed by Josh Schoff '17 

    April 5-8, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Perko Theatre

    This off-Broadway parody imagines what would happen to the beloved Peanuts gang if they hit adolescence as Millennials.  When Snoopy has to be put down, CB looks to his friends to answer questions about the after-life, but they are too busy partying, bullying and trying to play it cool to worry much about the future.  Find out if Charlie Brown is still a good man in this provocative look at what it's like to be a teenage in today's world.  This show has adult language and themes. 

    To order tickets, please visit Ovation tix:

  • The Drowsy Chaperone

    The Drowsy Chaperone
    Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
    Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
    Directed by Erin Lippard

    Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
    Waldner Performing Arts Center

    When a keen theatre enthusiast shares his favorite cast album with the audience, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five Tony awards, The Drowsy Chaperone is a laugh-out-loud musical that pokes fun at all the idioms that typify the musical theatre genre. A lovingly sarcastic homage to the jazz age musical comedy, it has all the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

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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.
New Arts Administration Minor
YCP now offers a 21-credit minor that prepares students for careers in all aspects of arts management. Students take course work across disciplines and focus on the area that interests them capping their experience with an internship or independent study in a real-world arts setting.
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
sdelle@ycp.edu

Allison Altland
Administrative Assistant
Wolf Hall 206
aaltland@ycp.edu