Schuster Theatre


    Gannon's Theatre Program is heading back to Scotland in August 2017!

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       Gannon's Theatre Program will be returning to participate in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF) in August 2017.  ICTF is a 12 day experience  that runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world's largest performing arts festival - held each August in Edinburgh, Scotland.  ICTF was developed to offer college and university the opportunity to perform and gain global perspectives in an international experience that compliments collegiate performing arts programs.  In 2017, Gannon's Theatre program will be returning for a third participatory trip to Edinburgh, having first been invited to participate in the inaugural ICTF in 2011.  We are committed to returning on a 3-year cycle, giving all of our students the opportunity to participate in ICTF at least one time during their college career.


       This August, in preparation for participating next summer, Jax Vadney (Technical Director and Design Faculty) will be travelling to Edinburgh to participate in the ICTF Familiarization Tour (FAM).  This 4 day submersion experience allows program directors to experience ICTF on an abreviated schedule, meet with ICTF staff and technical crew, tour performance venues, and gain knowledge about the experience the students will have in the upcoming year.  FAM allows directors to meet with the other colleges and universities that will be participating in a year, discuss production concerns, network, and develop plans for fundraising, international travel, and more.  

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       Gannon's production of APE/ESSENCE written by Fr. Shawn Clerkin, Director of Theatre, is a new work being created this coming academic season.  Based on Aldous Huxley's novel "Ape and Essence", Clerkin will be writing an adaptation that will incorporate puppetry, performance art, devised theatre, and more.  This production will be produced at the Schuster Theatre in April 2017 and then will be the production that will travel and be performed at ICTF in August 2017.


       To learn more about the ICTF Experience, please visit


       For questions and information about Gannon's participation, how you can get involved as a current Gannon student, or if you would to make a donation to support the travel program, please contact Jax Vadney at

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    CRIMES OF THE HEART, by Beth Henley.  Directed by Fr. Shawn Clerkin. 

     Thank you to all who auditioned for "Crimes of the Heart" this past week.  



    Lenny Magrath - Karalyn Headley

    Chick Boyle - Cassie Bielecki

    Doc Porter - Zach Hyman

    Meg Magrath - Lizzy Merski (Schuster Theatre Debut)

    Babe Botrelle - Megan Hamm

    Barnette Lloyd - Chase Miles



    Sept 29, 30, and Oct 1 at 8pm

    Oct 6, 7, & 8 at 8pm

    Oct 9 at 2pm

    For more information about "Crimes of the Heart" please visit Wikipedia.  


    For more information, please contact Fr. Shawn Clerkin at (814) 871-7493 or



    Alpha Psi Omega brings "Stage Fright" back to the Schuster Theatre!


     Alpha Psi Omega, Gannon's Honorary Theatre Fraternity, brings "Stage Fright" back to the Schuster Theatre as a Haunted Theatre Experience.  "Stage Fright" started back in 2009 as a Haunted Theatre Experience.  Last year, it was reimagined into a 10 minute Haunted Play Fest of Fear.  


    This year, APO brings "Stage Fright" back to its roots.  Come and find thrills and fears around every corner as you make your way through the Schuster Theatre. 


    "Stage Fright" will be on Oct 20-22 and Oct 27-29 at 8-10pm each night.   

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    APO Zombie Flashmob to promote Stage Fright 2009.

     Jenna Sulecki, senior Theatre and Communication Arts major, receives fellowship to study in Ireland 

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       Congratulations Jenna Sulecki, senior Theatre and Communication Arts major, on being chosen to receive a full-year fellowship (tuition + stipend) at Gannon’s partner institution Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland. This fellowship is funded by the Government of Ireland, and was to be awarded to one student from India and one student from the United States. 


       The application process was open to final-year undergraduate students, full-program taught master’s degree students, and visiting research scholars (master’s or doctoral level). Jenna beat out all other applicants from Mary Immaculate partner institution, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research scholars alike! With this scholarship, Jenna will spend the upcoming academic year at Mary Immaculate where she will enroll in courses to finish her bachelor’s degree. 

       When we asked Jenna to share her thoughts right now, she stated "I think it's a testament to Gannon's Theatre program and Erie's theatre culture because I definitely did not do this alone. But I am absolutely thrilled to represent the area. I just feel downright blessed."

       Congratulations Jenna! We can't wait to hear about all of the wonderful experiences you will have in Ireland in the coming year.



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    Please note:  We will not be taking reservations for FORTUNATE VICTORY.  For information  about this production, please contact the Tall Ships Brochures or visit
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  • Schuster Theatre

    Phone: 814-871-7494
    Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668

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    Scottino Hall
    620 Sassafras. St.