Division of Theatre

"Theatre is a mirror, a sharp reflection of society." - Yasmina Reza, Tony-Award winning playwright

The Division of Theatre offers students an individualized blend of academic and practical theatre studies in a vibrant community where faculty, students, and professional staff gather to study and create theatre.  We welcome diverse students from across the country to broaden our theatrical perspectives and develop improved skills in critical thinking.

Our integrated approach to practice and research includes stagecraft, performance, design, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, and theatre management using theoretical, historical and practical approaches to theatre and performance. Small class sizes mean you receive individual attention and create professional relationships with mentors. Our classwork is immediately integrated in main stage performances from costume and prop design to stage combat and dance. Our students run the box office, weld set pieces, and direct and design alongside theatre professionals. Participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival gives our students opportunities to expand their theatre knowledge and contacts.  Recent graduates are working at Virginia Rep in Richmond, Gamut Theatre in Harrisburg, and Opera Philadelphia.  Join us today! 

Get to know the Theatre program at York College, where students can get experience in all aspects of putting on a stage production. Download a transcript of this video.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
October 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.
October 28 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Join the fairies and dream away the time in this classic Shakespearean comedy reimagined as a 90-minute, high-octane adventure.
Speech & Debate
November 9-10 at 7:30 p.m.
November 11 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Perko Black Box Theatre
Stephen Karam’s contemporary comedy follows three misfit teens who band together to form a speech and debate club after a scandal threatens to disrupt their small town.
Directing Class One-Acts
November 30-December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Perko Black Box Theatre
Student directors and actors will present short plays.
Alice In Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
December 7-9 at 10 a.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
Don’t be late for this very important date with us for this year’s holiday matinee offering as York theatre students take on Lewis Carroll’s famous story in a 45-minute, family friendly version.
Red Velvet
Red Velvet
March 22-23 at 7:30 p.m.
March 24 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
In 1833, the first African-American actor, Ira Aldridge, is given the opportunity to tackle the title role in Othello. Lolita Chakrabarti’s play examines what happens next.
The Woman In Black
The Woman in Black
April 12-13 at 7:30 p.m.
April 14 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Perko Black Box Theatre
Susan Hill’s acclaimed Gothic horror novel, comes alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s chilling adaptation. This two-person ghost story will have audiences jumping out of their seats.

Student Opportunities and Experiences

Students from the student one acts after their performance.
Cultural Series
The Theatre Division explores the theme of childhood and the stories we tell in our public Cultural Series events. We are offering professionally directed shows this year alongside our student directed productions as we continue our educational mission of teaching the next generation of actors, directors and technicians.
York College Improv student organization brings together students interested in learning the art of performing in the moment.
York College Improv Group
YCP Improv is a student group organization that brings together students interested in improv to practice and learn to perform in the moment.
New Arts Administration Minor
YCP now offers a 21-credit minor that prepares students for careers in all aspects of arts management. Students take course work across disciplines and focus on the area that interests them capping their experience with an internship or independent study in a real-world arts setting.
Waldner Performing Arts Center at York College

Professional-quality theatre Waldner Performing Arts Center

Students in the theatre major have access to many opportunities on and offstage in the Waldner Performing Arts Center (WPAC) to get hands-on experience. The WPAC includes:

  • York Collegiate Theatre (705-seat capacity)
  • Perko Playpen Theatre (125-seat black box type)
  • Dressing Room/Makeup Rooms
  • Scene Shop, Green Room, and more.
Contact Us
Division of Theatre
Suzanne Delle, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Theatre
Wolf Hall, Room 407
Phone: 717.815.6451
sdelle@ycp.edu

Allison Altland
Administrative Assistant
Wolf Hall, Room 206
aaltland@ycp.edu