Welcome to Penn State Centre Stage and our 2018-19 season! I am honored to begin my new dual role at Penn State as the director of the School of Theatre and the producing artistic director for Penn State Centre Stage. It is a thrilling time at a thrilling place, with a remarkable season of work appearing on our stages this year.

As we move through this season, which contains Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Broadway hits, and beloved stories, the work of our dedicated and highly talented students, faculty, and staff will be on display in every aspect of design, performance, and technology. These plays create a conversation with you, our audience, around the ideas and themes contained in these works, and also create the laboratory for our students to deepen their craft through professional practice.

Theatre, at its best, asks us while we are sitting in the dark to walk in someone else’s shoes for a time, to question our own closely held beliefs by seeing through another’s eyes, and to embrace people, places, and things that may be outside our experience. In short, it creates the opportunity for empathy to develop. It is this quality, so needed in our current discourse, which is the unique by-product of an evening spent in the theatre.

Our students in the School of Theatre work with world-class faculty and staff to produce work that enables them to develop into the artists and technicians who will create the theatre of the future.

Enjoy the show!



Rick Lombardo
Director, School of Theatre
Producing Artistic Director, Penn State Centre Stage


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