Pre-College alumni: where are they now?

Pre-College @ UArts educates young artists, designers, writers, and performers through challenging courses and immersive programs.  By fostering artistic exploration and critical inquiry, Pre-College emboldens elementary through high school students to think creatively and collaboratively, as artists and innovators. 

Pre-College students frequently fall in love with UArts and decide to pursue their undergraduate studies here.  Many individuals who began their creative journey in Pre-College at UArts now lead successful professional careers in the arts. 

Lizzy O'Donnell
Lizzy O'Donnell

BFA, '17; Saturday School, ‘12, ‘13; Summer Institute, ‘12

“Summer Institute changed my entire life. It may sound hyperbolic…but it’s true.”
UArts Pre-College: Alumnus William Robinson
William Robinson

BFA ’08; Summer Institute, ‘02, ‘03

“I am grateful to have a wonderful career that would not have been possible without my Pre-College experience.”
UArts Pre-College: Alumna Siobhan Vivian
Siobhan Vivian

BFA ’01; Summer Institute, ‘96

Writing for Film + TV
“Summer Institute was the most transformative experience of my life.”
UArts Pre-College: Alumnus Martin Brown
Martin Brown

MA, ’05;​​​​​​​ BMus, ’04; Summer Institute, ‘98, ‘00 

Music - Instrumental Performance
“You can make something happen here.”
UArts Pre-College: Alumna Clare O'Malley
Clare O'Malley

BFA, '10; Summer Institute, ‘05

Theater - Musical Theater
“When I arrived at UArts, I knew immediately…this was where I wanted to be.”
UArts Pre-College Alumni Beth Beverly
Beth Beverly

Saturday School, ‘95, ‘96

“The Pre-College experience is precious to me and now I have come full circle through exhibitions and teaching at the University.”
UArts Pre-College Alumni: Kevin Sun
Kevin Sun

Summer Institute, ‘07, ‘08

“Summer Institute shaped who I am as a musician and has influenced the way I approach nearly everything I do.”
UArts Pre-College Alumni: Nicole Wasserman
Nicole Wasserman

Summer Institute, ’98, ‘99

“Summer Institute was a pivotal experience that influenced my decision to pursue a career in dance.”
UArts Pre-College Alumni: Jovan Ellis
Jovan Ellis

Summer Institute, '08

“My Pre-College experience helped me develop the core skills to pursue my interests and make smart choices about my education.”
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Pre-College aspires to create innovative learning experiences that support the cultivation of curiosity, critical thinking, and creative exploration and encourage elementary through high school students to develop a meaningful and consequential engagement with the arts. We strive to provide equitable access to our programs for exceptional students regardless of financial status. Join us in our commitment to inspiring, educating, and preparing young artists for creative leadership.
Experiencing an adult, collegiate environment had an enormous impact on me.
— Beth Beverly, Pre-College Saturday School, '95 & '96


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Pre-College Programs
211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 909
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 717 - 6430