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.