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. 

    This 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning comedy tells the story of three sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny Magrath, brought together after Babe has shot her husband.  A wonderfully dysfunctional Southern family, the play facilitates the surfacing of family secrets and the reconciliation of the women, if not the others outside the family, at least to one another.

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


    Sept 29, 30, and Oct 1 at 8pm

    Oct 6, 7, & 8 at 8pm

    Oct 9 at 2pm

    Auditions will be Thursday and Friday August 25th and 26th at 6pm in Gannon's Schuster Theatre.  

    What to Prepare:  Prepared monologues are welcome.  Cold readings will be provided.

    What to bring with you:  Your Fall Semester class schedule and any known conflicts.  Rehearsal schedules will be based off this shared information, so please be thorough.  Thank you!

    Please note:  All who are cast must be available for all technical/dress rehearsals the week before opening without conflicts.  If you have concerns, please speak with Fr. Shawn during the audition process.  

    Roles Available:

    Lenny Magrath - age 30, the oldest sister

    Chick Boyle - age 29, their first cousin

    Doc Porter - age 30, Meg's old boyfriend

    Meg Magrath - age 27, the middle sister

    Babe Botrelle - age 24, the youngest sister

    Barnette Lloyd - age 26, Babe's lawyer

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



    Schuster Theatre Partners with the Erie Playhouse for A Fortunate Victory!

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       FORTUNATE VICTORY, written by the late Alex Clemente and Gannon's Director of Theatre Shawn Clerkin, tells the dramatic events leading up to and including the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie. This 45 minute performance is complete with period costumes, multi-media scenery, traditional music, and historical events. FORTUNATE VICTORY will perfectly complement the Tall Ships and, at the center of it all, our own Brig Niagara. 
    10 performances! Perfect for all ages! 
    Friday September 9 and Saturday September 10 at 1am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm 
    Sunday September 11 at 12pm and 2pm 
    Admission is $5 
    School Groups and Senior Bus Trips are encouraged to attend! 
    More information will be available in brouchures for the Tall Shops. 
    Fortunate Victory will be performed at the Hirt Auditorium at the Blasco Library, 160 East Front Street, Erie PA 16507. 

       For ticket information, please contact the Erie Playhouse at 454-2852. 


     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

    Office Location:
    Scottino Hall
    620 Sassafras. St.