The Pre-College Intensive at Pennsylvania Theatre Institute is a two-week summer training program for motivated high school students with an interest in the study of theatre arts. In this immersive experience on the beautiful campus of West Chester University, students live in dormitories, take classes with university professors and professional artists, rehearse in our world-class facilities, and perform in a full-length production.
This is a residential program. All students are expected to reside on campus for the duration of this two-week program.
train with professionals
Students will spend each morning and afternoon in classes, receiving college-level instruction in acting, voice, dance, movement, and improvisation. In addition to this core curriculum, students will work with special guest master class instructors on a variety of topics, including playwrighting, design, stage combat, and puppetry, as well as experience a headshot session with a professional photographer. Our instructors are a combination of West Chester University faculty members and working professional artists.
experience campus life
Courses are held on the West Chester University Campus at the E.O. Bull Center, in state-of-the-art facilities. Students will live in dormitories, with a meal plan provided by campus dining services. Evenings are spent in rehearsals for our final performance. There is no commuter option; all students are expected to reside on campus throughout the duration of this program. The days are long, but we promise: they’re worth it.
prepare for college
Whether you’re overwhelmed by the audition process (pre-screenings, monologues, and headshots can be daunting) or just have questions about things like academics or campus life, our Teaching Assistants — current students in the WCU Department of Theatre and Dance — will be an invaluable asset. They’re here to help talk you through any of their experiences making the big jump from high school to college, and they’re just down the hall in the dorms, whenever you need them.
Perform in a final presentation
We'll culminate our two-week experience with an ambitious endeavor: each Pre-College student will have a role in a free, open-to-the-public outdoor performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This one-day only event held on the university’s academic quad will feature a family-friendly outdoor carnival and live music on the final Saturday of the program.