The Playshop Theatre

The Playshop Theatre at Allegheny College 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 over 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. In 2009 we moved into our new home in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts. The Playshop season is now performed in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre.

Reservations for Sweat open Monday, March 9th.

For Reservations or Questions contact Lynette Watkins at the Box Office (814) 332-3414.

2019-2020 Season

Denied Admission

Devised and Directed by Katie Beck
September 13-15, 2019

Is freedom made by you or given by others? Gum-Dip Theatre’s Denied Admission examines the boundaries of personal liberty in a new play based on credible fear interviews of asylum seekers who crossed the southern U.S. border. This new work will explore the rooms of the legal system, the streets of the Northern Triangle, and the hearts of those seeking a home.
*Denied Admission contains subject matter that some might find offensive.*


By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Beth Watkins
November 14-17, 2019

Everybody is gonna die!  The question is, who will join Everybody on the journey?  Good Deeds? Cousin? Stuff? Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ contemporary riff on a very old play saucily reminds us of the world we live in as well as what lies ahead.  This Pulitzer Prize-nominated work is a playful, irreverent take on life as a game of chance.


By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Mark Cosdon
March 26-29, 2020

Lynn Nottage’s Sweat is a powerful and timely Pulitzer-winning drama.  In a Pennsylvania manufacturing town beset by the loss of jobs, economic strife, and simmering racial tensions, friendships are pushed to the breaking point, dreams of economic prosperity are upended, and the seeds of a Blue State flipping Red are sown in this searing, bold, and impassioned work.

Theatre Showcase: Trying Out

April 23-26, 2020

Gracing the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre’s stage this coming April will be the Playshop Theatre’s first musical revue. Solos and duets performed by our exceptional students in a studio style will be a light-hearted finale to our 2019-2020 season!