Kristine Allen / WPSU

Rick Lombardo is the new is the Director of the School of Theatre at Penn State, hired last summer.

WPSU’s Kristine Allen spoke with Lombardo about bringing back the professional summer season of Penn State Centre Stage  in the summer of 2019 and about how his college pre-med plans were thwarted by theatre.  (Listen to the interview at the link above.)

You'll find more information on the Penn State Centre Stage summer season here.

3 Dots Downtown Celebrates Opening In State College

Jun 10, 2019
Community members celebrated the opening of 3 Dots Downtown Friday night.
Steph Krane / WPSU

Performances, refreshments and a temporary ball pit were among the many things welcoming visitors to the newly opened 3 Dots Downtown Friday night.

3 Dots’ Innovation Director Spud Marshall said the space can host everything from art galleries to musical performances.

“The scope of 3 Dots is pretty wide intentionally,” Marshall said. “Part of our broader hope is to generate culture in State College.”

Arboretum cultural district concept plan by Ayers Saint Gross.
Ayers Saint Gross

Penn State is consulting with alumni and local community members about potentially adding a “cultural district” to the University Park campus.

The university is considering building a collection of arts and science related spaces out near the Arboretum. A survey was sent to alumni and other potential donors in order to gauge interest in funding the development.

David Lieb, Penn State’s senior associate vice president for development, says the cultural district would be for both students and community members.

photo courtesy of Altoona Community Theatre

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee has been in the news lately.  The author released a sequel to the novel last year, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is currently working on a new stage adaptation for Broadway.  As WPSU's Kristine Allen reports, Altoona Community Theatre presents an earlier stage version of the story this week.  A special matinee for schools was held on Wednesday, and local teachers brought their students in droves.


Friday, October 17 at 11:00am & Monday, October 20 at 8:00pm

King Lear Actors
Nittany Valley Shakespeare Company

The Nittany Valley Shakespeare Company in State College presents two different productions of "King Lear" this summer: the full version of the play, starring Charles Dumas and a cast of local and professional actors, August 21-24 at the State Theatre; and a kids' version, dubbed "Little Lear", starring 13-year-old Ryan Babb, performed outdoors in Orchard Park August 23 & 24.  

For more information, visit:

Joann Wheeler
Kelly Tunney

Oil City suffered the fate of many other Pennsylvania communities that were once driven by prominent industries. It was once the hub of the nation's oil production and home to major companies like Pennzoil and Quaker State. But the companies moved away and the days of Oil City's prosperity are gone. Oil City has had to find ways to reinvent itself. And it's chosen to embrace art—and artists.

Penn State School of Music

Music at Penn’s Woods, a professional classical music festival presented each June by Penn State’s School of Music, begins tonight on the University Park campus.

“First of all, it’s not as the name suggests,” says conductor Gerardo Edelstein, with a laugh.  He means the concerts are not out in the woods. 

"And there's really no better time to turn it over to someone else to regenerate and transform, do the next thing that needs to be done. I'm looking forward to seeing the next person working with them."