Performing Arts

Art of the South Asian diaspora

An event spearheaded by the Asian American Studies Program combined scholarship and artistic practice to showcase art of the South Asian diaspora as a contemporary American tradition.

Kristina García

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

Indian Express

Mumbai this week: New Manav Kaul play, concert by Lucky Ali and a wine-tasting festival

Penn Masala, an undergraduate student group touted as the world’s first South Asian ‘a cappella’ group, is performing in Mumbai this weekend.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Children’s Festival returns with sensory-friendly performances, puppets and more

The Philadelphia Children’s Festival, hosted by Penn Live Arts, is returning for a four-day event later this month at the Annenberg Center.


FYI Philly celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Pan-Asian Dance Troupe, a Penn student group, blends modern flow with traditionally inspired movements from a variety of Asian backgrounds.



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.