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Division of Performing Arts

The Division of Performing Arts was founded on the belief that the role of the artist is to give beauty back to the world.

We have always believed that the beauty of music, dance, theatre, and film hold the power to sooth the wounds of an increasingly abrasive society.  Therefore, we believe it is our mission to shape pathways of discovery for our students, helping them see that creativity holds the power to illuminate truth and elevate the human spirit.

Whether on film, on stage, or in the classroom, our rigorous training programs, taught by seasoned, professional teaching artists, help students become tellers of enchanting and provocative stories, which, with the mere rise of a curtain, unlock the limitlessness of the imagination.

We are committed to the Bachelor of Arts degree which provides the flexibility that allows our student artists to pursue a minor or even a dual major.  The B.A. also allows our students to spend a semester abroad and participate in internship/experiential learning opportunities. 

Our division fosters very healthy relationships between the disciplines.  Actors act in filmmakers’ films.  Filmmakers and dancers collaborate on dance on camera creations.  Actors learn acting techniques specific to the camera, etc.

The division's network of visiting guest professionals and artists enrich the experience of students through residencies and master classes.

These are just a few of the reasons why the DeSales performing arts programs have such outstanding reputations.   We cherish the performing arts and all they do to lift the human spirit, better our world, and positively impact peoples’ lives.

Arts in Action

Act 1 Productions

Act 1 is DeSales University’s highly-acclaimed performing arts company and features professional-caliber productions.

Each year we welcome another group of eager young actors, designers, dancers, and filmmakers all drawn to DeSales to hone their craft and create art that will inspire and entertain. We offer enchanting and provocative stories that will — with the mere rise of a curtain — unlock the limitlessness of your imagination. 

Act 1 Productions

DeSales Ranks 59th on U.S. News & World Report List of Best Colleges

by Lisa Plummer Sep 10, 2019
USNewsCampusShot

DeSales University ranked 59th among the best regional universities in the north on the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list. DeSales’ other 2020 rankings include:

  • 36th in the north as a best value school, up from 43rd in 2019
  • 33rd in the north as a best college for veterans
  • Named to the list of A+ schools for B students.

The 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings rank the academic excellence of colleges and universities on up to 15 measures of academic quality. The rankings emphasize student outcomes—including graduation and retention rates—which are indicators of how well a school supports the academic and financial success of its students. Best value rankings take into account a school's academic quality and net cost of attendance.

DeSales shares its 59th position with CUNY-Brooklyn College (NY), Notre Dame of Maryland University (MD), and St. Joseph’s College of New York (NY).

Within the rankings (Regional North):

  • DSU outperformed 16 higher ranked universities on average first-year student retention rate.
  • DSU outperformed 29 higher ranked universities on the actual graduation rate.
  • DSU outperformed 17 higher ranked universities on average alumni giving rate.
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DeSales Ranks 59th on U.S. News & World Report List of Best Colleges

by Lisa Plummer Sep 10, 2019
USNewsCampusShot

DeSales University ranked 59th among the best regional universities in the north on the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list. DeSales’ other 2020 rankings include:

  • 36th in the north as a best value school, up from 43rd in 2019
  • 33rd in the north as a best college for veterans
  • Named to the list of A+ schools for B students.

The 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings rank the academic excellence of colleges and universities on up to 15 measures of academic quality. The rankings emphasize student outcomes—including graduation and retention rates—which are indicators of how well a school supports the academic and financial success of its students. Best value rankings take into account a school's academic quality and net cost of attendance.

DeSales shares its 59th position with CUNY-Brooklyn College (NY), Notre Dame of Maryland University (MD), and St. Joseph’s College of New York (NY).

Within the rankings (Regional North):

  • DSU outperformed 16 higher ranked universities on average first-year student retention rate.
  • DSU outperformed 29 higher ranked universities on the actual graduation rate.
  • DSU outperformed 17 higher ranked universities on average alumni giving rate.
Topics:

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

A leading Shakespeare festival with an emerging national reputation for excellence, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University.

Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre. 

Visit PSF