Pre-College Intensive 

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 take classes with 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.


Students will receive 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. There is no commuter option; all students are expected to reside on campus throughout the duration of this program.


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.

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.


Students interested in pursuing further study of theatre at a collegiate level are strongly encouraged to attend.

This summer’s Pre-College Intensive is currently sold out.
Add your name to the wait list for Summer 2020 by emailing katherine@pennsylvaniatheatreinstitute.com

June 17 - June 29, 2019
Total tuition cost, including housing and meal plan: $1500
Installment plans are available.