Philadelphia: A Rich, Exciting Theater Town

Temple’s Main Campus is located on the northern edge of the Avenue of the Arts, just moments from the center of Philadelphia, one of the most thriving cultural centers in the country. With over 60 professional companies in the area, a wide range of theater is produced every year.

Companies such as the Wilma, Arden, Walnut Street, Prince Music Theatre, and Lantern Theatre Co. have distinguished themselves by staging full seasons of classic pieces, revivals of major works and world premieres. You'll find Temple Theater alum on the stages, in the wings, and behind the scenes of each of them working as actors, directors, designers, executives, professionals, and teaching artists at the most renowned venues in the city. Theatre Exile, MumPuppet, and the Pig Iron Theater--which also feature some of Temple's finest grads--are gaining national and international attention for their edgy, groundbreaking work. And the New Freedom Theatre – 3 blocks from Temple’s main campus -- is the oldest African-American theater institution in the country. For artists seeking alternative venues and platforms to present new work, each September the city plays host to the world renowned Philadelphia Fringe Festival, an international showcase of new and experimental work, which last year featured over 400 productions.

And theater is not the only entertainment industry in town – film and television opportunities have grown enormously in recent years. With over 8 professional casting agencies and 10 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) franchised talent agencies, a wide variety of cable and network television outlets and motion picture studios are "on location" in Philadelphia every year. Oscar(R)-nominated films "The Sixth Sense," "12 Monkeys," "Beloved," and box office hits such as "Invincible" and "Signs" are but a few of the major films shot here in recent years. Most recently, Peter Jackson began principal photography on his adaptation of the worldwide bestseller "The Lovely Bones." Also in Philadelphia: television series such as "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Hack."

A city of artists on the Avenue of the Arts. We hope you'll join us!

Theater in Philadelphia