The Playshop Theatre was inaugurated by Alice Huntington Spalding in 1929 with her production of Dear Brutus in Arter Hall. In the intervening 85 years, the Playshop has produced more than 500 plays including classic works by Shakespeare, Molière, Shaw, Williams, O’Neill, Miller, Wilder, and Coward, contemporary playwrights such as Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, Suzan-Lori Parks, Wendy Wasserstein, Tina Howe, Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill, and Paula Vogel, and musicals including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Pirates of Penzance, and Carousel, as well as original works by faculty, students, and visiting artists. The Playshop Theatre produces four shows each year.
WARC Radio Station
The Mission of WARC 90.3fm Meadville, Pennsylvania is to operate and promote a professional alternative radio station and serve as an educational tool for listeners and disc jockeys alike. It is a non-commercial, student-run college station, an alternative in an overwhelmingly for-profit, corporate media system. WARC has a regular programming schedule with shows hosted by Allegheny College students, faculty, and staff from around the college. It is a unique opportunity for Gators who wish to learn radio production, try their DJ-ing skills, or develop politically engaging talk shows. click here for website.
Allegheny’s partnership with a variety of businesses and organizations allows students to gain hands-on skills that help prepare them for the world. Internships are conducted at a wide variety of sites including theatres, broadcast stations, cable television companies, advertising agencies, public relations firms, hospitals, museums, and government agencies.
Research & Creative Activity
Communication Arts and Theatre at Allegheny College has a long history of supporting undergraduate research in the humanities. Thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Collaborative Undergraduate Research in the Humanities grant, and new Richard Cook and Teresa Lahti Scholars Symposium, students have the opportunity to work on research projects with faculty under school-wide, department-specific, or project-specific grants.
Student Experimental Theatre (S.E.T.) is student-run and student-directed and produces a varied number of shows each year (one-acts, annual musical, variety shows, and full-length plays).
Orchesis modern dance troupe and Allegheny Repertory Dance mount a number of shows each year.
Faculty members partner with colleagues from other departments and lead summer Experiential Learning Study Seminars (ELs) abroad, taking students on interdisciplinary explorations of global issues. Components of the ELs include on-site language courses, community outreach projects, meetings with alumni and industry professionals, cross-cultural exercises, a strong focus on the performing and fine arts, and grant-funded student research assignments. Some of the EL destinations led by the department faculty have been Great Britain, India, Italy, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.