Welcome to Penn State Centre Stage and our upcoming season. As you may have noticed, I’m the new guy. Well, kind of new. Though I’ve been at Penn State for a while, I’m new in the role of director for the School of Theatre.

We are fortunate to have students at every level of development in technology, design, performance, directing, musical theatre, stage management, and the study of the rich and diverse historical, social, and literary traditions of the theatre. We encourage them to stand firmly in the present day, with all its complexities, challenges, and needs, while also investigating the past for the traditions that continue to influence our present day. We expect our students to move fluidly and expertly between classics, musicals, and new and devised work, while developing skills that will serve their efforts to build and sustain full lives and careers. Preparing, educating, and training our students for a life in the arts is at the heart of our season selection process. 

We also believe we continue to find new and compelling ways to entertain you, engage you, and offer you experiences that allow you to share directly in our students’ growth and development. We count on you to make sure we never forget the value of our relationship with the audience, a relationship as old as time. Please join us as we work to understand the human condition in all its mess and glory, which is the privileged work of making theatre. 

To quote the great Peter Allen,

Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

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William J. Doan, Ph.D.
Director, School of Theatre
Producing Artistic Director, Penn State Centre Stage

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Address: Penn State School of Theatre, 116 Theatre Building, University Park, PA 16802 USA.

Office: (814) 865 7586

Fax: (814) 865 5754

Tickets: (814) 863 0255