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


Bus Stop

From The Morning Call:

  • "The deft ensemble makes the show at DeSales University through Oct. 11 an enjoyable and fascinating ride...Scenic designer Will Neuert has made Gracie’s Diner comfortable and welcoming." 

Once Upon a Mattress

From The Morning Call:

  • "...thoroughly delightful and features winning portrayals by the entire cast. Director Anne Lewis fills the intimate Schubert Theatre with an energetic and playful performance. Paul Curcillo's scenic design inventive and he delivers the punch line with a colorful bed of 20 mattresses. Liza Black's costumes look right for the period and add to visual appeal."


Merry Christmas, George Bailey!

From The Morning Call:

  • "Act 1 transports audiences back to the 1940s in its enchanting production of Merry Christmas, George Bailey! The show, based on the movie It's a Wonderful Life and adapted from the original Lux Radio Broadcast of the story, puts the audience in an old-time radio studio with heartwarming and humorous results. Director Dennis Razze has deftly balanced the familiar story and the idea of a live radio station broadcast."


From The Morning Call:

  • "Sophocles' story of the grief-stricken Elektra and her obsessive quest for vengeance plays out in a satisfying production by Act 1 at DeSales University and skillfully directed by Wayne Turney. The show is both haunting and arresting in its portrayal of the sustaining power of anger and grief."

Me and My Girl

From The Morning Call:

  • "The final show of Act 1's season at DeSales University is a feel-good musical — filled with dancing and energetic production numbers — about the clash of classes."


From The Morning Call:

  • “...a sweet and magical fable.”

The Miser

From The Morning Call

  • “...the smallest roles of the 14-member cast are done with enough humor and panache to make them memorable.”
  • “Even if you are a miser, you can be assured that this worth the price of admission.”

From Stage Magazine

  • “I have seen [The Miser] done several times, but never with the confidence and assurance that I witnessed in the intimacy of the Schubert black box theatre.”
  • “Farce is difficult to portray at any level, but the deftness with which this company of players handles it, is a tribute not only to a talented director, but also to these aspiring professionals who obviously worked very diligently at mastering the movement and pace of French farce.”

Little Women

From The Morning Call:

  • “Act 1 has staged a heart-warming musical of Louisa May Alcott's classic book...that makes Jo March and her family seem like familiar friends...”

From Stage Magazine:

  • “The Act 1 Theatre at DeSales University consistently provides high energy, thoughtful theater...More people should take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy not only this show, but also the many wonderful productions they present during the year.”

Dancing at Lughnasa

From The Morning Call:

  • “ in realistic characterizations and passionate performances.”

Hansel and Gretel

From The Morning Call:

  • “The show features a colorful cast of characters who bring plenty of humor to the somewhat dark tale that lightened up considerably in this production.”
  • “ a whimsical and imaginative spin to the classic Brothers Grimm tale.”

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

From The Morning Call:

  • “...effervescent fun.”

  • ...shows off deft comic timing from all its actors.”



Main Stage

Schubert Theatre