At Bryn Athyn College, we have a long history of participation in the Performing Arts. Through musical, theatrical, and dance performances, there are ample opportunities for artistic expression on stage.
Some on-campus performance opportunities are audition based, requiring a certain skill level for participation. Other opportunities are open to all, and welcome students of all skill levels.
In keeping with our College's mission, performance arts at Bryn Athyn are not just for fun, they also include elements of community service and community building. For example, our unique student-faculty rock group, Bryn Athyn College ROCKS!, hosts benefit concerts and our Dance Ensemble offers free admission to all community members.
Performing Arts at Bryn Athyn College benefit from our state-of-the-art on-campus theater, the Mitchell Performing Arts Center. The building's history dates back to around 1929, and over it's many years as a theater, it has hosted many musicals, plays, concerts, and performances.
In the 1980’s, a group of theater enthusiasts in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania collaborated to dream up new visions of a community theater. Among this group was Mimi Mitchell, longtime supporter of the performing arts and drama teacher at the Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools. In addition to being one of the major benefactors of the project, Mimi contributed her substantial enthusiasm and theatrical experience to the project.
The Mitchell Performing Arts Center was built through major renovations to what used to be known on campus as the "Assembly Hall." The original building (circa 1929) was a combination stage and gymnasium, typical for many church and educational facilities of the time. Much of the original structure can be seen in our theater today. Though the orientation of the stage was flipped 180 degrees, the original proscenium arch stands at the back of the house. Visitors enter the lobby and proceed from what was originally 'backstage' through the arch and into the auditorium.