William Penn High School Performing Arts Institute

In Partnership with the Appell Center for the Performing Arts

For ages

High School Students


  • Freaky Friday (Spring Musical)
    April 12-14, 2019

Program Overview

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts proudly partners with the York City School District to staff and curate the performing arts sector of the first-ever William Penn Fine Arts Academy. Thanks to our partnership, the 2018-2019 academy curriculum will expose over 200 York High students to the end-to-end aspects of the performing arts business – including courses in acting, directing, playwriting, dance, stage makeup, costume and prop design, theatre production and more. William Penn High School students displaying a particular interest in theatre arts are invited to select a specific track of study that will lead them into advanced course work ideal for college-prep or that would shine on any resume post-graduation. All courses are taught by seasoned industry professionals and designed to provide students with real-world training.

The William Penn High School theatre arts students will also be privy to exclusive opportunities at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts including post-show Q&As with guests and artists, backstage tours, in-depth discussions with Appell Center administrative staff and performance night shadowing with event production crews.

The students’ classroom work will culminate in a fall play and a spring musical over the course of the school year. Our staff at York High will also lead two new dance initiatives: the Bearcat Dance Company and a spring dance showcase. Be on the lookout for York High theatre and dance performance announcements and come out to support the stars of tomorrow!

For more information, please contact Education Assistant, Dan Crowell, at 717-825-2239 or dcrowell@appellcenter.org.