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Welcome to the Theater Arts program at Arcadia University! 

We want to prepare you for a life in the arts… and for life. Our training program goes beyond a traditional conservatory-style approach—immersing you in all aspects of theatrical creation. Our program will challenge you to develop your talents, to cultivate your knowledge, and to think globally in a wider world of cultures and ideas.

At Arcadia we offer three degree programs:

BA in Theater Arts (no audition required)
BFA in Acting
BFA in Acting (Concentration in Musical Theater)

Intensive, Rigorous, Rewarding

Arcadia University Theater provides B.F.A. candidates and the entire campus community with a season of professional quality productions that showcase the talents, passions, and dedication of our student artists. Our productions are directed, designed, and choreographed by active professional artists from Philadelphia’s vibrant theater community.

The University’s intimate size provides close interaction with faculty in a liberal arts setting. Proximity to Philadelphia’s dynamic theatre community connects students with industry professionals who are regularly on campus as instructors and guest artists.

Arcadia Theater Productions provide opportunities to bring all of those skills to the stage. Our productions are directed by prestigious visiting artists and resident faculty, all of whom are active in Philadelphia’s vibrant theater community.

Students in the program can also gain performance experience through several student-run performance groups active on campus, including:

  • Under Siege Student Theater: a student group producing a variety of performances, showcases, workshops and readings.
  • Improv Club: stages an evening of improv comedy each semester.
  • Cabaret Club: presents a musical theater variety performance each semester.
  • Knight Club: a campus-wide dance troupe.
For more information on these student organizations, email arcadiastudenttheatre@gmail.com.

2021-2022 Audition Information

This year we are happy to announce a return to in-person auditions both on campus and around the country at various locations listed below. Should you wish to submit digital materials online, you can still do so. 

On-Campus Audition Dates (apply though Acceptd and select preferred audition date):

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • Saturday, February 19, 2022
  • Saturday, April 2, 2022

For those applicants wishing to audition in-person on our campus, you will be required to select your preferred audition date. Please note that our on campus audition day events include not only your audition, but also a campus tour, meetings with students, faculty and admissions/financial aid representatives, lunch and a faculty-lead workshop. The span of day is typically 9:30-3:30. After selecting your preferred day, someone from the University will be in contact with you regarding your audition day schedule and to confirm number of guests. 

Off-Campus Audition Dates (subject to change):

  • November 6, 2021 (Mid-Atlantic Region College Auditions - MARCAs - Rowan University)
  • November 11-13, 2021 (Florida Theater Conference - Winter Park, FL) 
  • November 18, 2021 (North Texas Drama Auditions - Plano/Dallas)
  • November 21, 2021 (Greater Houston Area Auditions)
  • December 2-4, 2021 (Pennsylvania Thespians) 
  • January 6-8, 2022 (Kansas Thespians - Wichita)
  • February 6-10, 2022 Chicago Unified Auditions 
  • March 10-13, 2022 (SETC - Memphis)
*** For all off-campus auditions you should NOT use Acceptd, as many of the venues have separate application and registration fees and procedures. 

Digital Submission Deadlines

Because of our rolling acceptance approach to admission into the BFA programs, students will learn the results of their audition within approximately 4 weeks after submitting their completed (Theater Arts AND University) application to the University.

  • Final Deadline for all submissions is May 15th, 2022

After our performance faculty have reviewed your materials one of the following will occur:  

  • You will receive a letter with the results of your audition

    OR
  • You will be invited to do an online call-back interview. We would like to get to know you and let you ask us questions. We may ask for additional material or to make adjustments to your original selections.