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Theatre Overview

Students interested in acting, or technical and administrative aspects of theatre, have many opportunities to explore. We present three Mainstage shows at our professionally-equipped Mandell Theater each year. One is a co-production with a top Philadelphia theatre company that gives our students the chance to work alongside professional artists. We also do numerous smaller productions that afford students the opportunity to handle all aspects of production and a successful Late Night Series -- a weekly open mic night run by students.

Co-Op Theatre Company

Students from all over the University have the opportunity to get a hands-on experience running a theater company at a professional level.

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Late Night Series

Every Thursday, anyone interested in claiming a five-minute performance slot—for music, comedy, poetry, or monologues—can sign up for the free 8:30 p.m. show.

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Theatre Production

Theatre Production allows students to work in every area of technical theatre including lighting, sound, props, costumes, scenic carpentry and scenic painting.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved in Theater, Music or Dance at Drexel?

There are many opportunities to get involved in the performing arts at Drexel. We offer opportunities in dance, music, and theater, but also production, technical, and administrative opportunities as well. Visit the Contact Directory for more information on specific ensembles or email Your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate ensemble director or you can visit the Performing Arts Office which is located in MacAlister Hall, suite 2018. Our office staff will be happy to direct you to the appropriate director.

How do I get involved in theater at Drexel?

The best way to get involved is to register for the Theater Performance Ensemble THTR 141-001 if you primarily want to perform or THTR 130 Intro to Production Practicum if you are interested in technical theater. You will learn how we do things at Drexel and hear about all of the upcoming events and opportunities. For information on how to register for classes, please visit Drexel Central.

Do I have to be a student in the Westphal College to participate in any of the performing arts ensembles?

No! The Drexel Performing Arts Ensembles are open to all Drexel University students regardless of college or major. There is a mix of audition and non-audition based ensembles. Specific details can be found under each discipline.

Do you offer Performance Scholarships?

Yes, many of the ensembles offer performance scholarships which are available to full-time students from any college or major, not just Performing Arts. Many auditions are held during Accepted Students Days. To find out more about our performance ensembles and how to schedule an audition, please visit Performance Scholarships or contact the corresponding ensemble director as listed in the Contact Directory.

How do I find out about auditions for shows?

Stay informed through a number of ways:

How do I purchase tickets for a show?

For information about ticket sales for:

  • Drexel-produced shows: call the box office line at 215.895.2787, or buy tickets through the online Theatre Box Office or online Dance Box Office.
  • Guest performances taking place in the Mandell Theater: check the guest performer’s website for details, or call the Mandell Theater manager Nan Gilbert at 215.895.2528