Production Companies

  • At the heart of the department is our commitment to putting learning into practice. We do so through our performance companies:


    A professionally modeled, resident theater producing a main season of plays and musicals for the university and community.

    IUP Dance Theater

    A professionally modeled, touring company based on a modern style producing dance concerts.

    The Acorn Project

    An incubator for production development, usually student-directed, and often short works minimally produced.

    Footlight Players

    A summer theater-for-youth program directed by theater faculty, IUP alumni, and upper-division majors.

    Through these companies, the department has presented:

    1. Over 150 main season productions under the auspices of Theater-by-the-Grove
    2. Over 30 major dance productions by the IUP Dance Theater Company
    3. Hundreds of student-written, -directed, and -designed one-act and full-length plays, including many experimental and original products, presented under the auspices of the “Acorn Projects”
    4. Children’s theater productions presented to the community through the summer company, Footlight Players
    5. Touring productions in both theater and dance to regional schools