Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPIRP)

The Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP)

Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPIRP)

Philadelphia is fast becoming one of the most important places in the country for innovative and exciting theater and dance. The Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP), supported in part by a grant from the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation, is an ongoing collaboration with the professional theatre and dance communities of Philadelphia and Drexel University. MPiRP provides valuable space for up and coming performing arts organizations and artists. Residencies vary from a single artist (actor, playwright, director, choreographer, designer) to a full company in residence. Each unique collaboration is designed to benefit both Drexel and the professionals with the goal of giving students a unique educational experience and offering the professionals in residence the resources and diverse talents that Drexel has to offer.

Professional residencies have full use of the Mandell Theater complex including rehearsal space, along with limited use of scene and costume shops and a 400+ seat proscenium stage with a fly system. Members of the Drexel University community are enriched by the high quality of dance and theatrical productions being offered through MPiRP in the Mandell Theater. In addition to receiving discounted tickets for MPiRP performance events, students benefit from workshops and opportunities to gain hands on experience with established professionals.

"It's grea2009 MPiRP Resident Show Bluebird with EgoPo Productions and Orchestra 2001Photo by Kara Khan t to be able to get a professional credit to our name at such a young age, and the fact that they (the professional artists) are so willing and so happy to share this with us. It's been a really great experience." Rachel Semigran, Drexel Alumna - English

"Its completely changed the way I work seeing how they carry themselves in a rehearsal atmosphere and how they carry themselves in performance and I think that it has brought all of us to the next level." Jeremy Toll, Drexel Alum - Music Industry

MPiRP has been nominated for four Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater. In 2009, Christopher Colucci has been chosen for Outstanding Sound Design for the production of The Long Christmas Ride Home with Azuka Theatre in residence.

For more information about the upcoming 2013-14 MPiRP residency, or how to apply for a future residency, please contact MPiRP Director Nick Anselmo at

Past MPiRP participants