Performing Arts

Ballerina Emily Davis is ‘on her toes’

May graduate Emily Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Liberal and Professional Studies while working full-time as a ballerina with the Pennsylvania Ballet and volunteering to conduct research at CHOP and community service with Philadelphia nonprofits.

Louisa Shepard

Students’ spring shows go virtual

COVID-19 restrictions have forced nearly all student shows to go virtual this year, and they are cropping up throughout this month and next as Facebook livestreams, Zooms, and YouTube posts.

The Pennsylvania Gazette

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Philadelphia Business Journal

University of Pennsylvania planning new $31M performing arts center

The University plans to develop a new performing arts center adjacent to Woodland Walk. The space will be dedicated to student uses and construction could begin as early as summer 2023.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn performing arts center changes its name

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has been renamed Penn Live Arts. “As we have programmed outside of the four walls of the Annenberg Center, we really needed a brand more reflective of how we are presenting programs,” said Christopher Gruits.


The Washington Post

With Emmy win, John Legend achieves status worthy of his last name

With his latest award, a Creative Arts Emmy for his role as producer for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live,” the Class of '99 Penn alum became the 15th recipient of the legendary EGOT—or Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.



An Expert's Take on the Symbolism in Childish Gambino’s Viral ‘This Is America’ Video

Guthrie Ramsey of the School of Arts and Sciences provided an in-depth analysis of the provocative music video. “Even though we think of popular culture as a space where we escape, [Childish Gambino’s] forcing us to understand that there’s actually nowhere to run,” Ramsey said. “We have to deal with the cultural violence that we have created and continue to sustain.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Trigger Warning: John Waters to Get ‘Filthy’ on Penn Campus

Iconoclast John Waters will be commemorating the creation of the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at the Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theater tonight with a one-man show.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Choral Director William Parberry Retires After 45 Years

After more than four decades in Penn’s Music Department, University Choir director William Parberry has retired. Parberry marked the occasion on Sunday with a final concert, featuring Handel’s “Messiah.”