Pre-College Intensive 

The Pre-College Intensive at Pennsylvania Theatre Institute is a three-week academic experience for high school students interested in pursuing the study of theatre arts. In this immersive program, students will experience campus life while receiving college-level instruction, culminating in a final showcase project. The Pre-College Intensive can be taken to receive 3.0 hours of college credit. For information on how to receive college credit, please contact us. 

This is a non-residential program. All students must provide their own transportation to campus. 

train with professionals

Students will receive college-level instruction in acting, voice, dance, playwrighting, movement, improvisation, theatre history, and theatrical design. Master classes taught by West Chester faculty members will span a range of disciplines and styles. 

experience campus life

Courses are held on the West Chester University Campus at the E.O. Bull Center, in state-of-the-art facilities. Field trips to theatrical productions in the Greater Philadelphia area will allow students behind-the-scenes access to some of the region's most exciting work. 


prepare college auditions

If you're overwhelmed by pre-screenings, monologues, 16-bar cuts, resumés, and headshot selections, don't be. Our staff will coach you through all of it, setting you up for future success. A professional photographer will be on site for a day of headshots, and you'll have the option to purchase them afterwards. 

build a final showcase project

We'll culminate our three-week experience with a final sharing of our work. Whether you want to showcase your set or costume portfolio, belt out a musical theatre number, perform longform improvisation, share your acting scene, or dive into classical text, we'll make sure that the final sharing of your work is all you. 


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

 July 23 - August 10, 2018
9am-5pm, with select extended days.
Total tuition cost: $950