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We are live!

“After all the challenges of the last 18 months, we are thrilled to be able to welcome our loyal patrons and community back to Centre Stage.”

– Rick Lombardo, producing artistic director of Centre Stage and director of the School of Theatre

Celebrate the return of live theatre!

Penn State Centre Stage will return to live theatre with six mainstage productions in the newly renovated Playhouse and Pavilion Theatres. Join us. There’s something for everyone!

Online ticket sales for all 2021-22 season shows are available now, with in person and phone sales noon–4, Monday–Friday at Eisenhower Auditorium.

Nostalgia Night

February 8–19, 2022

Book by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz
Music and Lyrics by Matthew McCollum
Choreographed by A. Kikora Franklin
Music directed by Richard Carsey
Directed by John Simpkins

Nostalgia Night is a new musical commissioned as part of the New Musicals Initiative. Written as a musical for the Gen Z population, it celebrates connection and the quest to answer the question of who you want to be. Welcome to EnVideon – an underage dance club (there are “Rulez”) set in the 1980s. Wanna dance? Photobooth? Get hypnotized? Take things too far? Do that thing you always wanted to do, say that thing you always wanted to say, before it’s too late? It’s Nostalgia Night, duh. Friendships last beyond high school, right? We’re all getting out of here, right? Laughlin High School Class of 2021 – who do you wanna be?

Tickets on sale now!

Buy Nostalgia Night Tickets

Join us for our new season

We’re excited for fall and the return of live theatre in our newly renovated facilities!

Show times

Evenings: 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: 2:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale now!

Buy Tickets online!

Upcoming Productions

Nostalgia Night

February 8–19, 2022

Book by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz
Music and Lyrics by Matthew McCollum
Directed by John Simpkins

Previews: Feb. 8, 10
Opening Night: Feb. 11
Evenings: Feb. 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Saturday Matinee: Feb. 12
Venue: Pavilion Theatre

Buy Nostalgia Night Tickets

Blood at the Root

March 22–April 2, 2022

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Steve H.Broadnax III
Blood at the Root premiered at the Penn State School of Theatre in March 2014

Previews: Mar. 22, 24
Opening Night: Mar. 25
Evenings: Mar. 26, 29, 30, 31 + Apr. 1, 2
Saturday Matinee: Mar. 26
Venue: Pavilion Theatre

Buy Blood at the Root Tickets


April 12–23, 2022

Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Revised by Brian Hill
Music directed by Emily Orr
Directed by Jennifer Delac

Previews: Apr. 12, 14
Opening Night: Apr. 15
Evenings: Apr. 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Saturday Matinee: Apr. 16
Venue: Playhouse Theatre

Buy Brigadoon Tickets

Previous Productions

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

September 28–October 9, 2021

Novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Rick Lombardo
View online playbill

The Wild Party

November 2–14, 2021

Book, lyrics, and music by Andrew Lippa
Music directed by Harry Collins
Directed by Alison Morooney
View online playbill

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

December 2–9, 2021

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Osheroff
View online playbill

Become a Patron

Penn State School of Theatre is home to one of the finest theatre training programs in the country. We invite you to have a richer theatre experience by becoming a patron of Penn State Centre Stage. With your gift, the show can go on. Let our students know that you love the theatre and care about ensuring opportunity for artists.

Support PSCS

We are able to do what we do because you believe in us.

Our students, faculty, and visiting professionals bring tremendous talent to the stage—and you give them a stage to stand on. Our choreographers, costume and scenic designers, lighting technicians, and entire artistic team envision new worlds—and you give them the resources to realize those worlds. While Penn State provides a foundation for our theatrical productions, we rely on the generosity of our community to provide the additional resources needed to perform at the highest level. Your gifts provide financial assistance with show rights, costumes, technical equipment, set materials, music, marketing, and supporting visiting artists and educators who come to share their craft.

Your patronage will also provide assistance for students with financial need to take advantage of extra-curricular opportunities such as master classes, regional theatre productions, and conference participation. We’re thankful for your partnership and philanthropy, and we applaud every person who joins us in our mission to make our theatre training program one of the top ranked in the country. We can’t wait to show you what’s next.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to Penn State Centre Stage by phoning 888-800-9163, or by visiting Specify “Centre Stage–XAFPS” when you make a credit card gift by phone or online. You can also mail a check to: PSCS/Penn State, 116 Theatre Building, University Park, PA 16802-1506.

Patron Levels + Benefits

Friend $5 to $99
Pre-sale season notification

Benefactor $100 to $499
Above, plus:
Playbill recognition

Supporter $500 to $999
Above, plus:
Name recognition in lobby
Invitation to pre-season event
Tour behind the scenes

Performer $1,000 to $2,499
Above, plus:
Invitation to preshow meet/greet
Invitation to meet Artistic Director

Director $2,500 to $4,999
Above, plus:
Membership in Ralph D. Hetzel Circle  of the Penn State President’s Club
Playbill program highlight

Producer $5,000+
Above, plus:
Membership in Edwin E. Sparks Circle of the Penn State President’s Club
Playbill program highlight
Unique personalized production experience, with recognition as a show sponsor

PSCS Virtual

Penn State Centre Stage Virtual (PSCS-Virtual) is offered free to the public and was created to support our students during this difficult time. Please consider a donation to the School of Theatre Future Fund which allows us to help offset financial needs of students in the School of Theatre who are adversely impacted and in need of emergency assistance.

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Visit the PSCS Virtual Livestream website.