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Department of Theater and Dance

  • Theater-by-the-Grove

    Theater-by-the-Grove, produced by the Department of Theater and Dance, presents several productions each year, including the coproduction with Music Theater of a major musical.

    Dance Theater

    IUP Dance Theater is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and presents two major concert programs annually.

    Footlight Players

    Footlight Players is a youth theater program hosted by the IUP Department of Theater and Dance. It offers a month-long summer program for ages 7–17 led by professional teaching artists assisted by IUP student interns.

    Simulated Patient and Applied Theater Ensemble (SP/ATE)

    SP/ATE is an ensemble that gives our students experience in the emerging field of simulated applied theater. We currently provide simulations for nursing and allied health, food and nutrition, and large-scale trauma and crisis response, as well as community-based improvisational performances developed to address specific social issues.

    The Acorn Project

    The Acorn Project provides a developmental environment for student actors, designers, playwrights, and directors who wish to create original performance projects in ensemble. 

  • Explore, Expand, Excel with BA degrees in theater, musical theater, and dance arts at iup.edu/theater. Raise your challenge with the IUP Cook Honors College at iup.edu/honors.  

    • Creative collaboration in a nurturing, supportive environment
    • 10 faculty, 100 students, 50 courses, and unlimited possibilities
    • Six fully realized productions annually
    • More creative opportunities in studio, touring, and workshop productions
    • Participating in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival with yearly regional and national recognition
    • Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the only accrediting body for theater in higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education