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Swarthmore Project in Theater (SPT)

The Swarthmore Project in Theater supports the artistic work of alumni, faculty, and staff of the Department of Theater through summer in-kind grants of rehearsal space in the Frear Ensemble Theater and, whenever possible, on-campus housing during these residencies. Since 1995, The Swarthmore Project in Theater has helped launch and nurture numerous independent theater and dance companies founded by our alumni, as well as support the work of established former students and their collaborators.

Up to a half-dozen companies have been in residence in a given summer. In return for the in-kind support they receive from the Swarthmore Project in Theater, companies in residence promote the work of the Department of Theater in their publicity materials, provide opportunities for current students to be involved with their rehearsal processes, and return to campus to provide pro bono performances and workshops during the academic year.

Past SPT participating companies include Pig Iron Theater Company, Stein-Holum Projects, New Paradise Laboratories, The Berserker Residents, Early Morning Opera, Swim Pony, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Geoff Sobelle, Adriano Schaplin and more. If you are interested in participating, please contact Allen Kuharski at

The legs of a light-skinned person in the air, lit from above and below, against a black background

Chimera by Stein-Holum Projects was developed in part at SPT in 2011

Photo from a workshop performance at, Culturemart, HERE Arts Center, NYC