Educational Opportunities

Act 1 provides educational opportunities for local youth with morning matinee shows as well as the Dance Tour and  Shakespeare tour

Morning Matinees

Morning matinees are open to schools, students, instructed at home, senior citizens, and the general public. With only one morning matinee per production, tickets will go fast, so order early at 610.282.3192!

  • Morning matinee performances begin promptly at their scheduled times.
  • “Talk Back” sessions with the director and cast will take place after every first Sunday Matinee and after our Morning Matinees. Purchase your tickets early for these popular performances.

Production: Murder on the Nile
Dates: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 9:45 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $12

Production: Peter and the Starcatcher
Dates: Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:45 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $15

Production: The Devil's Disciple
Dates:  Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 9:45 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $12

Production: Dance Ensemble Concert
Dates:  Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $13

Into the Woods
Dates:  Monday, April 30, 2018 at 9:45 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $15

To reserve your group tickets, please call Act 1 Box Office Manager Nicole Moyer at 610.282.3192.

Shakespeare Touring Company

Our resident Shakespeare touring company, Shakespeare Live!, consists of a select group of senior theatre majors who present a fast-paced, engaging performance followed by a talk-back with your students. This year’s program includes interactive teaching skits on topics such as scansion, poetic imagery, and rhetorical devices. Scenes from the past have included Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Othello and many more! If you have any special Shakespeare play requests that your group is studying, or topics that we might help you to clarify or otherwise bring to life, let us know! Your performance includes a full study guide, and is presented in your own building.

$275.00 within 30 minutes of DeSales University $300.00 beyond 30 minutes of DeSales University

Tuesday & Thursday mornings, October 24 to December 7  

Dance Touring Company

 The DeSales Dance touring company presents Storytellers, a wonderfully diverse program featuring modern, ballet, jazz, and tap dance pieces. This educational and artistic program includes performance, lecture, technical demonstration, audience participation, and an informal question and answer session. Appropriate for groups of all ages, the company can tailor their performance to your venue and audience. In addition, a 30 to 45-minute dance workshop with the company is available for small groups after the performance.

COSTS: $250.00 for performance $300.00 for workshop & performance

DATES: Tuesday & Thursday mornings October 24 to December 7  

For more information about The Shakespeare Touring Company or Dance Touring Company, please contact Nicole Moyer at 610.282.3192.

Arts Programs for Young People

Conservatory of Dance — September, 2017 - May, 2018 
The Conservatory of Dance provides the community with affordable, low pressure, high-quality dance training while giving a select group of upperclassmen dance majors the opportunity to teach. Classes are held on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. The Conservatory of Dance is a caring, learning environment where our well-trained teachers share the joy of dance with students of all ages. Contact: Trinette Singleton–Washer, director at 610.282.1100, Ext. 1830. 

In addition to the year-round Conservatory of Dance, the DeSales University Division of Performing Arts features professional arts training summer camps. These one and two-week programs offer college credit for students graduating in 2020 or prior. Except for the Summer Theatre Junior Program, attendees have the option to reside on the DeSales University Campus at an additional cost.  

Summer Video Institute —June, 2018 
The Summer Video Institute (SVI) offers students the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technology to design, shoot, produce, and edit films of their own creation. At the end of the program, the final films are celebrated in a festival screening open to invited guests. Contact; Chuck Gloman, director at 610.282.1100, Ext. 1683. 

Summer Theatre Institute —July, 2018 
The Summer Theatre Institute (STI) at DeSales University, in association with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, offers professional theatre training to high school and college students, educators, and members of the community, as well as the best in drama education for students in grades 4 to 8. In the young adult programs, STI offers a broad range of specialized theatre training typically available only to theatre majors in a university curriculum. The staff is comprised of performing artists and teachers at the top of their fields, including Broadway professionals, university professors, and drama educators. Contact: Amy Best, director at 610.282.1100, Ext. 1320. 

Summer Dance Intensive—July, 2018 – August, 2018 
The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) offers professional dance training to students ages 14 and up. The intensive program focuses on technical training in ballet, modern, and jazz, with additional classes offered in African dance, Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Pilates, and yoga. Students will also learn repertory work created by the faculty. The program culminates in an informal presentation. Contact: Angela Grossman, director at 610.282.1100, Ext. 1719.