People are saying wonderful things about Act 1 Productions.


  • "The sheer presence of this monumental work (Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies) on the program speaks volumes of the integrity and seriousness of purpose of the dance program and the miraculous achievement of these student dancers in meeting its technical challenges and its deep and resonant poetry." - James Sutton, Associate Arts Professor (retired), Tisch School of the Arts
  • “The dance productions project an air of professionalism with skilled dancers and high production values.” - Kelly Knox, Bucknell University
  • “It was a lovely evening of artistry in choreography, design, and performance.” - Dustyn Martincich, Bucknell University


  • “This is a first-rate program and the level of filmmaking is excellent. I am so impressed with the quality of the program at DeSales!” - Peter Stein, ASC.
  • “I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen films that were so keenly written, believably acted, beautifully shot, meticulously posted, and then scored to perfection.” - Mike Gorga, Megcomm Productions
  • “DeSales Filmmakers demonstrate a solid commitment to not only the established crafts of filmmaking but also to vigorously explore new techniques.” - Randall Blair, American University


Murder on the Nile

From The Morning Call:

  • “The cast did a great job of capturing the many layered personalities and mood of the vacationers and staff aboard a paddleboat cruising the Nile River in the 1930s.

From Lehigh Valley Stage

  • “An evocative set, lush costumes and crisp direction…contribute to an enjoyable evening of theater to open Act 1's 48th season.”


From Lehigh Valley Stage

  • “This intimate, involving Godspell is fun, funny and ultimately heartbreaking - and definitely worth seeing.”

Peter and the Starcatcher

From Lehigh Valley Stage:

  • “Act 1's Peter and the Starcatcher at DeSales University is a wildly inventive production filled with whimsical performances that provide non-stop laughs.”

From The Morning Call:

  • “For pure rollicking comedy and inventive family entertainment, Peter and the Starcatcher is a voyage worth taking.”

The Devil's Disciple

From Lehigh Valley Stage:

  • The satiric melodrama ”Devil’s Disciple” skewers arrogant piety and political pomposity in the solid, well­acted production on stage by Act 1 at DeSales University...

From The Morning Call:

  • “The Devil’s Disciple has an ominous title, but the 1897 play by George Bernard Shaw is an old-fashioned melodrama with a large dose of comedy in its socially conscious message.

Into the Woods

From Bethlehem Press's Focus:

  • “From the frenetic Into the Woods opening number by the charming 19-member cast to the soothing finale…the Act 1 production astounds, enlightens and satisfies. Many of the actors have Broadway-ready voices. Their acting, too, is Broadway-caliber.”

From The Morning Call:

  • “Into the Woods…retains its magic in this nearly flawless presentation at DeSales.”

From Lehigh Valley Stage:

  • “The show relies on a strong ensemble and the performers in Into the Woods deliver and then some.”