Performing Arts

Evoking an ancient world

The medieval English epic poem “Beowulf” is brought to life in a musical performance by Benjamin Bagby and academic discussion through a partnership among the Penn Live Arts, the Libraries, and the School of Arts & Sciences. 

Louisa Shepard

Our 15 favorite stories from 2022

From interdisciplinary research and life-changing discoveries to a new University president and everything in between, this year at Penn has been one for the books.

Penn Today Staff

Jayson Musson: ‘His History of Art’

Musson, an alumnus of the Master of Fine Arts program in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, will speak at the Annenberg Center about his artistic practice and current exhibition “His History of Art.”

Anna Chen

In the News


Ukraine is calling for a boycott of ‘The Nutcracker.’ Ballet companies aren't budging

A quoted essay by Kevin Platt of the School of Arts & Sciences derides pro-Ukraine cancellation of Russian art as reflecting the same kind of nationalism driving the Russian invasion.


Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn to build new Stuart Weitzman performing arts center in the heart of campus

Christopher Gruits of Penn Live Arts says that the new Stuart Weitzman Theatre will give artists more flexibility and completely transform the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

After 50 Brutalist years, the Annenberg Center plans to stretch out, open up

Penn Live Arts plans to transform Annenberg Plaza into a new performance space, the Stuart Weitzman Theater, expanding the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for the first time in 51 years.


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.